Environmental Sustainability E-Newsletter from the City of Colorado Springs

Southern Colorado Sustainability Conference a terrific success

Congratulation to our community?s Catamount Institute who took the lead hosting this year?s two-day Southern Colorado Sustainability Conference earlier this month. By all accounts it was a success based on both educational content and attendance. Regional representatives, including City of Colorado Springs Mayor Rivera, participated in an inaugural state of the region address highlighting the many Pikes Peak efforts and discussing local challenges. Breakout sessions tackled sustainability topics around community, military, and business such as City Planner and USGBC Southern Colorado Branch Advocacy Co-Chair Meghan Riesterer?s joint presentation on Sustainable Urbanism.  At the event, the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities and Catamount Institute announced their 2009 Community Sustainability Award winners: Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Alicia Archibald and Jane Ard-Smith. Congratulations to all!

City employees desire environmental action

A fall 2009 survey of City employees found general widespread backing for environmental sustainability efforts with 82% or responders believing the City should support and promote sustainable practices and 74% believing the City needs an environmental sustainability plan. Compared to the previous year, the number of employees who report being educated about green opportunities jumped from 39% to 55%. This year employees report greater access to aluminum, plastic, and cardboard recycling, yet the number of employees choosing to participate remained consistent. However, 51% of employees report that they would recycle more at work if they had greater access to single-stream recycle bins. Those who say they regularly print/copy double-sided rose from 32% to 42% while those who turn their computers off when they leave their offices remained about the same and those who say they?d be willing use mass transit services dropped.

Colorado Springs takes on Sustain Lane Local Action Challenge

Sustain Lane, a web site that connects people interested in living healthy lives on a green planet, has issued a local action challenge asking residents of the 50 largest US cities to take personal steps toward sustainability. Currently, Colorado Springs residents are making a bid for first place. With just a few more weeks to go, our community has racked an impressive 534 points and completed 57 challenges all while practicing good environmental choices.  It?s fun (pictured is employee Tim Hodur with his reusable grocery bags) and participants can win prizes. Click here to learn more.


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