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Colorado Springs Sustainability Tour by bicycle
The City has recently added to its website a Sustainability Tour of Colorado Springs ? one designed to be navigated by bicycle. You ride 29 miles to locations that demonstrate the positive direction our community is headed in. The tour takes about three hours (not including time spent viewing the sites), though has an interactive option that lets you customize a shorter route. It?s a byproduct of a sustainability bike ride coordinated by the American Institute of Architects Colorado, American Planning Association Colorado, Congress for the New Urbanism Colorado, MetroRides, and US Green Building Council Sourthern Colorado Branch earlier this year. We hope the tour will continue to grown as more organizations raise the bar to become examples for our community. Click here to check out the tour.
 
PPACG seeking input on development of regional sustainability goals
The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG), an association of 16 municipal and county governments, is leading an exciting new effort to create measurable regional sustainability goals for El Paso and Teller Counties. Goals will be developed in multiple areas impacting the environment, economy and health of the region. These goals will enable a coordinated, regional approach to sustainability planning and provide the foundation to create a Regional Sustainability Plan. This Plan will build upon what is already being done, but provide a larger framework to identify how individual, business, institutional and government choices can work together towards a better future. Public input is a critical component of these goals so they can reflect the values and concerns of the community. Businesses, military installations, utilities, economic development organizations, environmental groups, schools, non-profit foundations, citizens and others may use the "Read More" link below to learn about participating!
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Bicycles to get homeless on the road to employment
The City became a partner with the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission (PPJPC) last week when City Council approved the donated use of a City-owned storage space for a Bicycles for the Homeless program. Now, the PPJPC counting on those of us with a good-but-unused bike to make donations. (Bikes in need of even small repairs should be fixed before being donated.) The PPJPC will collect bicycles from 3 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 13 at the Colorado Farm & Art Market. This is a great way to help those in our community connect with the means to get to jobs and resources!
 
Want to learn about shaping Colorado Springs into a sustainable community?
The Partnership for Community Design (PCD) is hosting a Community Planning and Design Workshop (CPDW) to provide citizens a solid understanding of City planning ? a serious business full of conflicts and opportunities. The built environment has a vast impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy. CPDW will train members of City Council, boards, commissions, neighborhood leaders and active citizens in creating positive solutions to help shape a distinctive Colorado Springs community. CPDW goals are to improve knowledge of the legal aspects of planning, to reduce potential land-use conflicts through understanding of how the planning process works, and to develop dialogue between citizens and the City regarding Colorado Springs? future. The three hour sessions begin Sept. 15 and are held weekly for six weeks. A nominal fee is charged to cover the cost of materials, resources, and light refreshments. Click here to find out more.   
Congratulations Bike Month Corporate Challenge winners!

At this years' Metro Rides Bike to Work Day Breakfast, 32 team organized and rode to breakfast and work. Congratulations to LSI Corporation, Young Life, USA Cycling and The Paul Mitchell School!

 

 
Visit the City at the Pikes Peak Ecofestival on Saturday, Aug. 28
Living sustainably is less about sacrifice than it is about having serious fun enjoying the simpler things is life. No event embodies that spirit more than the annual Pikes Peak Ecofestival! Live music, local food, family activities, a farmers market, and sustainability information combine with electronics recycling, a kids? bicycle rodeo and an alternative fuel vehicle ride-n-drive to create synergy around all things eco-oriented. Bring your water bottle to fill with free refreshing Springs Mountain Water during the event. And, arrive by bicycle to enjoy Metro Rides' free bike valet service and a coupon for a free pint of beer from Bristol Brewing Co. Admission is $4 per person (kids age 12 and under are free) with proceeds to benefit the Rock Ledge Ranch Foundation. Swing by the City?s booth for a free notepad featuring reused paper and conservation tips!
 
Residential recycling audit launches at Ecofestival: Watch the Recycling Coalition sort it out!
How many resources are going to the landfill that Pikes Peak residents could be recycling instead? The Recycling Coalition of Colorado Springs, with help from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Sierra Club and City of Colorado Springs, is going dumpster diving to find out. In a secured area of the Aug. 28 Pikes Peak Ecofestival in the Rock Ledge Ranch parking lot, a trained group of volunteers will sort about three compacted yards of residential trash. Trom 10 a.m. to noon, the volunteers will identify how much of what was thrown away can be recycled, composted or go to the El Paso County Household Chemical Waste Collection Facility. The Recycling Coalition of Colorado Springs? goals are to educate the public while gaining greater understanding for the extent of resources currently being buried in regional landfills. Use the "Read More" link to find out more about getting involved!
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Construction recycling: A panel discussion ? Thurs. Aug. 26 ?Green? Bag Lunch-N-Learn
You're building or renovating. Whether it's your home or a large facility, you're going to have construction debris. Some leaders in our community have figured out how to recycle up to 90 percent of that material. At the City?s Thursday, Aug. 26 "Green" Bag Lunch-n-Learn, BETTR Recycling, Inc. will coordinate a panel discussion designed to inform attendees on what sort of construction recycling is available in Colorado Springs, what's not available, and how some people are getting it done. The lunch-n-learn is open to the public and 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 (pictured). 

 
Going Greener - Upcoming eco events:
  • Aug. 24 - Insect Walk nature program
  • Aug. 25 ? Academy Great Streets Meeting
  • Aug. 25 - Garden of the Gods Prairie Falcon Walk 
  • Aug. 26: ?Green? Bag Lunch-n-Learn: Recycling Residential and Commercial construction debris (a panel discussion)
  • Aug. 26 ? Green Cities Coalition Green Drinks
  • Aug. 27 - PPACG Sustainability Goals Materials Management Focus Group
  • Aug. 28 ? Pikes Peak Ecofestival
  • Aug. 31 - PPACG Sustainability Goals Health Focus Group
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