“Watershed,” Robert Redford’s new film about the threats to the Colorado River Basin, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the University of Wyoming’s Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center auditorium.

The film follows a 30-minute reception to launch the 2013 Laramie Conservation Expo scheduled Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Albany County Fairgrounds Activity Center. Free and open to the public, the film and expo are sponsored by the Laramie Rivers Conservation District, the Wyoming Conservation Corps, the Environment and Natural Resources Student Club and the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources.

The Laramie Conservation Expo promotes a responsible conservation ethic in the community by helping citizens learn about tools and methods to conserve water, energy and other resources. Participants can learn about such practices as composting, growing your own food, installing a wind turbine, purchasing a hybrid vehicle, water-efficient landscaping or building an energy-efficient home. More than 60 exhibitors, representing business, government, nonprofits and home practitioners, will give demonstrations and answer questions.

Vendors will display products to help with landscaping, green building, alternative energy, alternative transportation, recycling, local foods and environmental education. Government agencies and local nonprofits will explain their services. Experts will give presentations on smart energy choices, local foods and other topics.

Presentation Schedule

10 AM to 11 AM - Renewable Energy Roundtable - Milton Geiger, UW Energy Extension Coordinator

11 AM to 12 PM - Options for Renewable Energy in Wyoming - Eric Concannon, Creative Energies

12 PM to 1 PM - The Importance of Wilderness - Dennis Knight, UW Professor Emeritus

1 PM to 2 PM - Grow Up! Vertical Farming for Everyone - Bright AgroTech

2 PM to 3 PM - Wyoming Pollinators: Our Future is Flying on Their Wings - Dr. Alexandre Latchininsky, UW  Entemologist

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