Sold out CSU System Water in the West Symposium poised to address challenges, showcase solutions

Denver, Colo. – Colorado State University System will host its second annual Water in the West Symposium on Nov. 5 and 6, 2019, at Gaylord Rockies, to convene diverse experts and thought leaders to highlight solutions and collaborate on one of the greatest global issues: water.

The event has sold out both years with approximately 400 diverse water stakeholders, ranging from recreation and environment to business and agriculture.

“Colorado State University is in the perfect position to act as a convener around the issue of water,” said former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, an advisor to CSU on the National Western Center project in north Denver. “As we focus on solutions and problem-solving around water issues at this event, we want everyone at the table to be part of this critical conversation for an issue that impacts everyone, regardless of where they live.”

The Symposium is an initial offering of the CSU Water Building, one of the three buildings that make up the future CSU Campus at the National Western Center. The new CSU Campus is expected to break ground in 2020 and open in 2022, and will also include an animal health building and a center focused on food and agriculture. Each of the CSU buildings will provide collaborative research and incubation spaces, and interactive and family-friendly educational opportunities focused largely on the themes of health, environment, energy, water, and food.

The 2019 Water in the West Symposium will feature more than 35 speakers, including Walter Robb, of Stonewall Robb Advisors, and formerly with Whole Foods; Claudia Ringler, International Food Policy Research Institute; Winston Yu, International Water Management Institute; and Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture. A full list of speakers, additional event information, and registration is available at nwc.colostate.edu/water-in-the-west-2019.

“CSU has long been an expert in water issues, and the CSU Campus at the National Western Center will place these conversations on an even larger stage,” said Dr. Tony Frank, chancellor of the CSU System. “The University has a responsibility to use its resources and position as a land-grant institution to take the lead in convening conversations and efforts around these important global issues.”

The Symposium, originally scheduled for March 13-14, was postponed due to a winter storm that cancelled flights of key Symposium speakers, and shut down schools, governments, and businesses across Colorado.

CSU Water in the West Symposium

Building on CSU’s legacy of leading water research and innovative solutions to water challenges, the Water in the West Symposium began as an annual event in 2018. The event is an initial offering of the future CSU Campus at the National Western Center, which will be home to three CSU buildings, including a building focused on water. The Symposium convenes diverse voices in water, features nationally renowned speakers, and leverages research, innovation, education, and creative policies to address the most pressing global water issues. Learn more at nwc.colostate.edu/water-in-the-west-2019.

Colorado State University System

The Colorado State University System is comprised of three distinct universities: CSU, a leading public research university and the state’s only land-grant institution, located in Fort Collins; CSU-Pueblo, a regional-serving campus and federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution; and CSU-Global, the nation’s first fully accredited online university. The CSU System’s institutions serve nearly 60,000 students annually. Learn more about the CSU System and its institutions, projects, and partnerships at csusystem.edu.

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