Updated Fri, 20 Aug 2004 00:00:00 GMT

BOULDER, COLORADO / FEB 3, 2004:   More than 1000 people from 75 countries are expected to attend a multi-disciplinary, grassroots conference on sustainable development, technology and use of resources September 27 through October 5, 2004 at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The one-of-a-kind gathering, called “Sustainable Resources 2004: Solutions to World Poverty,” is co-sponsored by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Department of Energy, and CU-Boulder. Registration is open to anyone interested in issues of sustainability and international development; a portion of the conference will also be open to the general public.

“The conference brings together engineers and spiritual groups, entrepreneurs and corporations, environmentalists and the military, educators and philanthropists to share practical solutions to world problems,” says Steve Troy, Executive Director. “Many organizations with huge complementary potential never talk to each other. Sustainable Resources 2004 provides a ‘meeting of the mind' and a platform for multi-disciplinary exchange.”

The conference will consist of a combination of keynote lectures, technical and non-technical presentations, case studies, cooperative problem-solving and workshops on major world issues.   It revolves around twelve major themes: Bridging the Digital Divide; Ecotourism That Works; Feeding the World; Infrastructure and Shelter Alternatives; Learning From Native Cultures; New Economic Paradigms; Peacemaking, Conflict Resolution & Community Building; Practical Power; Reinventing Education For a Sustainable World; Remote Medical & Health; Water For Life, and Biomimicry.

An exhibition will run throughout the conference to showcase products that promote sustainable practices as well as initiatives by organizations from around the world. Inventors and entrepreneurs will display their technologies and services, ranging from solar ovens, to a bus that runs on biodiesel fuel converted from restaurant cooking oil, to tools that make cooking fuel from garden waste.

“We are thrilled with the response we have had from people around the world,” says Bernard Amadei, conference co-chair and CU-Boulder professor who founded the nonprofit Engineers Without Borders – USA. “We're looking forward to creating an even more successful conference this year, designed around the UN's Millennium Development Goals.”