Mar 082012
Authors: Jordan Kurtz

The three different worlds of technology, entertainment and design have combined to form the “Growing Greener Generations” speaker series. The first TEDxCSU panel will include a dozen different speakers that will focus on various aspects of the green movement.

The event will start with a welcome from CSU’s own Temple Grandin, and it will be hosted by eTown’s Nick Forster. TEDxCSU has carefully selected 12 speakers, with one of the most recognizable names being former Gov. Bill Ritter.

“These speakers were chosen from a pool of over 50 applicants who submitted presentation proposals last fall in response to our ‘2011 Speaker Hunt’ campaign,” said Andrea Rooney, media specialist for TEDxCSU.

TED is a nonprofit organization that specializes in hot topic issues that are worth spreading. It is no surprise that CSU’s TED Talk is about environmental sustainability. The intent of the conference is to bring in 12 different perspectives to spark a discussion in an attempt to answer the question, “How can we grow greener generations?”

“Each of the 12 speakers will provide an 18-minute presentation on their particular area of expertise, with the overarching theme of environmental sustainability being present in all acts,” Rooney said. “In addition to the 12 presentations, pre- and post-event network opportunities, meal breaks, goodie bags with sponsor giveaways, and art displays will all be included as part of the day-long conference.”

Diversity among ideas was a key concept when it came to the panel of speakers. TEDxCSU co-founder Hannah Toole said the goal was “to attract a broad spectrum of perspectives on sustainability.”

Some students, such as senior horticulture major Brian Cisneros, have their own ideas that they would like to see in the future.

“They should design eco-sustainable movie theatres,” Cisneros said. Cisneros also said that he felt having the conference available in a digital form would increase its reach.

CSU is the “green” university, so this event is especially relevant to the campus community. TEDxCSU looks to have a large amount of involvement that ranges from attending to planning to speaking. The event is scheduled for the Monday after Earth Day (April 22) at the 1,100-seat Lincoln Center Performance Hall located on the corner of Howes and Mulberry. The cost is $12 for community tickets, while student tickets are free.

“The purpose of this event is to engage the campus community by connecting environmental spokespeople and organizations, providing learning opportunities for attendees, and encouraging networking and discussion,” Rooney said.

The speakers, venue, organizers, and program have all been confirmed, according to Rooney. She added that they are currently in the stage of the event — planning process where they are searching for “green partners.”

TEDxCSU hopes to find local sponsors so that they can provide food, giveaways, technologically-advanced entertainment and other material goods. Currently, the sponsors include SLiCE, Community Accupuncture of Fort Collins, Redefining Waste Documentary, Mugs, 91.5 KUNC, Buttercream Cupcakery and other various organizations. According to Rooney, the goal is to raise a total of $10,000 in in-kind donations and sponsorship packages in exchange for media coverage, tickets, and promotion.

Collegian Writer Jordan Kurtz can be reached at news@collegian.com

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