2012 Peak to Prairie Landscape Symposium March 30 & 31

Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado State University Extension, and City of Colorado Springs are partnering with local gardening organizations to present this year’s Peak to Prairie Landscape Symposium. The Symposium is an annual educational forum to inspire appealing and enduring landscapes across Southern Colorado suitable for our soils, climate and finite water resources. This two-day event focuses on creating and maintaining unique and sustainable landscapes in our semi-arid ecosystem. Regional experts present a variety of topics, including the latest in trees, lawn alternatives, water-wise landscape design, plant selection, installation and maintenance. Homeowners and industry professionals learn the latest landscape design tips and trends. This year’s Peak to Prairie Landscape Symposium is offering reduced rates and ala carte’ registrations starting at just $15. It runs from Friday, March 30 to Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (parking is free).

Hang with us on Facebook

The City’s Office of Innovation & Sustainability has gone live with its own Facebook page and we’re giving stuff away! Fans have already won “Share the Road” T-shirts and tote bags made from recycled City banners. It’s all going down at www.facebook.com/cs.ois. We will share with you our successes, involvement opportunities, and be looking for feedback on how we can help you make our community even better.  Watch us in April for a very exciting Earth Month Photo Contest that’s absolutely dripping with CASH giveaways!  

N. Cheyenne Canon Spring Break Camp: The Canon Rocks!

Geology goes big during spring break camp at N. Cheyenne Cañon Park! Your kids ages 7 to 12 will take excursions to Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon. And, campers will explore geology and the outdoors through activities such as rock climbing, gold panning, science experiments, art and games every day. Click here for more information.

It's Fix a Leak Week! Replace your showerhead for free on March 17

Did you know that an American home can waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks? Colorado Springs Utilities has asked us to let you know that they are partnering with WaterSense to remind customers to check their plumbing during Fix a Leak Week. This Saturday, March 17, Colorado Springs Utilities is hosting an open house and showerhead exchange from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road. Replacing your old, inefficient showerhead with a WaterSense head will save $127 per year. Bring up to two old showerheads to exchange and choose from four styles, including rain and adjustable. Plus:  

  • The first 200 participants receive a free faucet aerator,
  • Enter to win a free TOTO Drake II WaterSense toilet,
  • Learn how to fix simple leaks and Water2012,
  • Enjoy kids programs an performances (and earn a Girl Scouts Water Badge),
  • Play with the new interactive efficiency exhibit,
  • Learn about toilet recycling into City roads, and
  • Vote for your favorite piece of “toilet art.” 
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo tests the limits of low-water use landscaping: City Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn March 21

Colorado Springs’ semi-arid climate and finite water resources mean low-water use plants are a primary component of sustainable landscaping. On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Horticultural Curator Frank Hass will share the plants that the zoo is testing in dryland and no-water trial gardens and their results so far. 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 reused City banners (pictured). Each month, the City Office of Innovation and Sustainability sponsors a lunch-n-learn topic on an environmental issue. Questions? Contact City of Colorado Springs Sustainability Coordinator Carrie McCausland, 719-385-CSGN (2746) or cmccausland@springsgov.com.

Going Greener:



Environmental Sustainability E-Newsletter from the City of Colorado Springs

Question? (719) 385-CSGN (2746) or cmccausland@springsgov.com.

This e-newsletter funded by the State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs and City of Colorado Springs.