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Greenroads - what is it and why would we want one?


City "Green" Bag Lunch-n-Learn Thursday, July 29

Building roads is dirty work - literally and environmentally. Yet, it's a core service that must be provided to citizens for both public safety and quality of life. So, how can road construction decision-makers and community members incorporate the core sustainability principles of: ecology, equity, and economy? Greenroads, a creation of CH2MHILL and the University of Washington, is a new LEED-like rating system that allows a project to earn points, a certification rating, and public recognition based on following the very latest best practices.

Project Manager Dirk Draper, Vice President of the CH2MHill Colorado Springs Office, will present the Greenroads rating system on Thursday, July 29, 2010. Benefits associated with Greenroads certification include:

  • Reduced raw materials use, fossil fuel energy use, water use, air emissions, and soil/solid waste creation,
  • Optimizing habitat and land use,
  • Improved human health and safety as well as access and mobility, and
  • Increased lifecycle savings and service, awareness, and aesthetics.

Many of the Greenroads best practice credits are already in use by local governments, including the City of Colorado Springs, military institutions, utilities and builders in the Pikes Peak Region. However, many are not. And, applying the broad spectrum of ecology, equity, and economy best practices to any single project would be a new level of achievement in the Pikes Peak Region.

The lunch-n-learn runs 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 cmccausland@springsgov.com.