Media Advisory/Photo Opp: Former New York Governor George Pataki to Tour Colorado State University Clean Energy Programs

Note to Editors: Media interested in attending should RSVP to Emily Wilmsen at 970-491-2336.


CSU’s national marketing effort of its new energy and environmental work continues with former New York Gov. George Pataki will be at Colorado State University in Fort Collins on Tuesday to tour some of the university’s most successful clean and renewable energy startups and projects. He’ll visit the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory and AVA Solar as well as visit with the chief executive officers of Spirae Inc. and CSU  startup Solix Biofuels.


2:30-3:00 p.m.      Discussion with Doug Henston, CEO, Solix Biofuels Inc.

3:00-3:20 p.m.     Discussion and tour with Sunil Cherian, President, Spirae Inc.

3:20-4:10pm     Tour of Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory (EECL) with Morgan DeFoort, Associate Director of EECL and Mechanical Engineer

4:30-5:00 p.m.     Tour of AVA Solar Inc. with Russ Kanjorski, Director of Strategic Planning


Pataki, counsel for Chadbourne & Parke LLP, focuses on climate change as his role as a delegate to the United Nations. He was appointed by President Bush in 2007.

This spring, Pataki was among the attendees at the inaugural "CSU Accelerates" event in New York City, which showcased top CSU scientists to the business and investment community. Led by CSU President Larry Edward Penley, the showcase in New York provided unparalleled opportunity for top CSU scientists to explain to a targeted group of private and public sector individuals, many from financial institutions, the value of CSU’s emerging research on issues of global importance -such as clean energy, climate change and translational biomedicine.

The New York event elevated the university’s research profiles and stimulated future market-based partnerships. Representatives of hedge funds, private equity funds, financial services companies, venture capital firms, government, media and research institutions, participated in a series of topical breakouts with CSU faculty.