2012 USA Pro Challenge in Colorado Springs Friday, Aug. 24

The USA Pro Challenge Race is returning to Colorado Springs for its second year with a Stage 5 finish this Friday, Aug. 24. The riders are expected to enter city limits around 3 p.m., with the finish downtown around 4 p.m. Colorado Springs is celebrating with events from rides, a criterium on the Stage 5 circuit, arts and entertainment events, and a  Stage 5 Festival downtown. The race travels through twelve host cities, covers 683 miles, gains more than 42,000 vertical feet and tackles three mountain passes. It attracted more than one million spectators in 2011, making it one of the largest cycling events in U.S. history. Follow it all on Facebook at “USA Pro Cycling Challenge – Colorado Springs” or Twitter at @RideStage5.

Roll: Full Circle

The 8th Annual  Roll Bicycle Art Show not only features one of our favorite methods of sustainable transportation, but also has particular emphasis on works using repurposed bicycle parts, such as abstract prints made with rusted bike chains and a corset constructed of bike inner tubes. It’s free and on display now through Oct. 20 at Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave. Suite 210. Be sure to see the works displayed both in the building lobby and Smokebrush offices.

Recycled fashions at Colorado Springs Airport

Those enjoying a few minutes at the Colorado Springs Airport have the chance to view an unusual display – fashion designs made almost entirely from reused and recycled materials. The outfits are the winning designs from the VEDA Fashion Show and Greenie Awards that occur each April. The display will be available at Gate 6 through the end of September. If you’re not flying anywhere soon you can view other outfits at the East Library from Sept. 1 thru October as a part of the All Pikes Peak Reads exploration of survival through resource conservation.   

Bestway Recycling's single-stream sorting center

Colorado Springs is home to the first full single-stream recycling sorting center in southern Colorado with the recent opening of  Bestway Recycling’s material recovery facility (MRF). A Green Bag Lunch-N-Learn tour of the facility last week clarified how aluminum, cardboard, paper, plastics and glass put into single-stream recycle containers at home and work are separated into commodities for future reprocessing into new goods. The separation uses a process of giant chain belts, magnets, air jets, screens and sort line employees. Bestway’s customers are generating about 35 tons of recyclable materials each workday. Their participation and cumulative volume has made it possible for Bestway to employ the 20 people needed to staff the new facility, which has an overall estimated local economic impact of $2M per year. Touring the facility helps drive home the importance for customers to: 1) keep plastic bags and shredded paper out of single-stream recycling, 2) remove plastic bottle tops, and 3) only recycle items that can actually be recycled through their process. Groups who would like to set up their own tours can contact Alicia Archibald at alicia@bestwaydisposal.com or 719-661-4844. Close-toed shoes are required.

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Environmental Sustainability E-Newsletter from the City of Colorado Springs

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

This e-newsletter funded by EECBG and City of Colorado Springs.