UW Hosts Sustainability Discussion Series

February 6, 2012

A discussion series to raise awareness and community interest in sustainable practices at the national, regional, state and local levels will begin this month at the University of Wyoming.

The UW Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) will host the series that will include one event per month during February, March and April. Topics including sustainable foods, energy efficiency and waste management. The sessions are free and open to the public.

The first event, "Community Foods Forum," will focus on regional, state and local efforts to bring sustainable foods to various communities. It is scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 22, 12:15 p.m.,in the Wyoming Union Family Room. A "consumers" panel will consist of representatives from UW Dining Services, Albany County School Gardens, Feeding Laramie Valley and Larimer County Schools' "Real Food Colorado." A 30-minute question and answer session follows.

A "producers" panel, at 1:45 p.m., will include presentations from Laramie's Big Hollow Foods Co-op, WY Farmer's Marketing Association, Triple Crown Commodities Food Co-op and the UW ACRES Student Farm. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The second event, "Combined Heat and Power, Waste Heat Recovery and District Energy: Improving efficiency, reducing costs and increasing energy reliability," will be presented by the U.S. Department of Energy's Intermountain Clean Energy Application Center.  Scheduled Wednesday, March 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Senate Chambers, this event will focus on energy efficiency opportunities for institutional, commercial and industrial operations throughout the region.

The third event, "Laramie's Waste: Where Does It Go?", will focus on waste minimization efforts in the UW and Laramie communities. It is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Senate Chambers with talks by representatives from UW ACRES Student Farm, Ark Regional Services, the city of Laramie and UW Recycling.

Light refreshments will be served at all three events. In an effort to reach all interested audiences, the series will be recorded and available for re-broadcast on the web via streaming video from the UW-CSC website, thanks to the WyoCast service at UW.

To learn more about the sustainability discussion series and to view streaming video from any of the events, visit the CSC website at www.uwyo.edu/sustainability/campus-sustainability-committee/index.html.

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