What if we could travel 50 years through time to the year 2060 where the City of Colorado Springs has become a thriving, sustainable metropolitan ecocity. What would that look like?
At the Thursday, May 27 "Green" Bag Lunch-n-Learn, Bill Beard, a local architect, LEED AP, and Pikes Peak Community College instructor, will share his vision for transitioning from a community burdened by resource intensive sprawl to an ecologically healthy Colorado Springs. If this community were to seriously pursue "smart growth", what might Colorado Springs look like after two generations of effort? Beard?s vision proposes a culturally-vibrant, highly-livable city of 750,000 consistent with many of the values of the City's current Comprehensive Plan.
As a thesis project for the Southwest Studies Institute at Colorado College, Beard looked to apply knowledge available through twenty-first century planning, design and development theories to recreate a future urban environment for the health of both residents and natural places. Specifically, the incremental implementation of eight ecocity attributes within Colorado Springs: Edges and Centers, Compactness and Walkability, Diversity, High Performance and Low Demand, Local Food and Energy Production, Non-car Transit, Networked Village Structure, and Restoration Areas.
The lunch-n-learn will run over the noon lunch hour, from 12:11 to 12: 49 p.m., at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada, in Suite 102. Attendees are encouraged to bring and enjoy their lunches during the presentation. Those who come have the opportunity to win a door prize tote bag made from recycled City banners.
Each month, the City Green Team sponsors a lunch-n-learn topic on environmental issues. Questions? Contact City of Colorado Springs Sustainability Coordinator Carrie McCausland, 719-385-CSGN (2746) or firstname.lastname@example.org.