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Special Edition Cafe Sci!: "How Environmental Engineering Is Reinventing Itself"

  • Jan 13, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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This month we're having a Special Café Sci in place of Café 1 & Café 2 at a NEW LOCATION - Lannies, which is at the D&F Clocktower on the 16th St. Mall next to the Tabor Center.  There is $6 parking at the Tabor Center or there are other lots nearby.  For directions go to:

Here is the topic and presenter link: (topic outline below).

The Special Cafe starts at 6:30 and should be done around 8:00.  As always we recommend you arrive by 6 (or earlier) for a good seat.  **Doors open at 5:30**  Also, the Café is open seating - any unoccupied chair is fair game.

For those new to the group: this is not an official atheist meetup. Cafe Sci is open to the general public. If you are new and want to locate some of your fellow heathens come find me (I'm the host) and I'll point 'em out:).

Please only RSVP "Yes"...this just gives us an idea of how many folks from our group are coming.

Topic (from Café site):

Most people won’t notice or care what happens after you flush the toilet, unless something goes wrong, like during the 1000-year flood this past summer in Boulder. The water utilization cycle has been largely neglected by the public, except when you receive the water bill every other month. While we Coloradans have the luxury to use the virgin snow melt as our drinking water resource, residents in New Orleans are consuming a tap water that has been flushed and retreated 7-8 times in the Mississippi river.

Traditionally, we consider water in sewer pipes is a dirty waste and named it sewage, wastewater, or sludge, and that makes Environmental Engineering a “dirty job” featured by the Discovery Channel. However, now wastewater is increasingly recognized for its value as a resource, providing opportunities for recovery of water, energy, nutrients, and valuable materials. For example, the water and wastewater systems are one of the largest energy consumers for local governments, accounting for 30-40% of the total energy demand, yet research revealed that the untapped energy stored in wastewater can be up to 9 times more than the energy consumed, which makes it imaginable to convert a wastewater treatment plant into a power plant.

For the January 13, 2014 special session of Café Sci at Lannie's Clocktower, Dr. Z. Jason Ren, an Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering at University of Colorado Boulder will explain how academia and industry are working to change the public perception regarding wastewater and Environmental Engineering, and what are the technologies that have been developed to transform environmental engineering from simple pollution clean-up to sustainable development of energy and environmental systems.

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  • Charley H.

    Lannie's was a great choice to host the talk--really enjoyed it.

    January 13, 2014

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