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City of Colorado Springs completes its first Greenhouse Gas Inventory
The City of Colorado Springs orgonization emitted 92,424 metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2007 comprised of 91,989 metric tons of CO2, 39 metric tons of methane, and 397 metric tons of Nitrous Oxide. Using the Environmental Protection Agency?s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, this is equivalent to the emissions from the electricityuse of 23,767 CO2 homes for one year. The City found that 17.7% of the City's greenhouse gas emissions came from purchased electricity and that streetlights and traffic signals, which run entirely on purchased electricity, were the largest single contributor. The data will help the City to develop informed reduction strategies and assess progress over time. Read More...
Southern Colorado Sustainability Conference Nov. 18 & 19
The Catamount Institute's Southern Colorado Sustainability Conference is one of the region's leading events featuring cutting-edge sustainability experts, technology, products, and best practices attracting hundreds of people each year from the business, local, and military communities. Thursday, Nov. 18 events (recycling Summit, Breakout Sessions, State of the Region, and reception) are free as a gift by the Catamount Institute to the community. Friday, Nov. 19 conference events are $85 with a Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network membership. (Please join City employees Nick Kittle (Public Works) and Meghan Riesterer (Office of Sustainability) as they present during the breakout sessions). Registration for either day is required, please click here to register.
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2nd Annual Sustainable State of the Region Nov. 18
As a part of the Southern Colorado Sustainability Conference, Catamount Institute and City of Colorado Springs are pleased to offer free admission (registration required) to the Second Annual State of the Region on Nov. 18. This two-hour program runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., is open to the public and will feature key government and private sector leaders sharing current sustainability efforts (successes and challenges), goals and next steps. Last year's event was a huge success with over 500 people in attendance.
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Water Conservation at Home and Work: City Green Bag Lunch-n-learn Oct. 28
The City of Colorado Springs has begun partnering with Colorado Springs Utilities in an effort to conserve water. With water rates set to rise 12% annually for the next six years (compounded annually), residents and organizations can expect their water costs to eventually double unless they find ways to conserve. For example, the City spent $2.3 million on water in 2009 and, without implementing reduction strategies, would be spending $4.5 million on water by 2016. But water conservation solutions, including incentives, retrofits, classes, and other programs exist to help all of us adjust. Colorado Springs Utilities? lead conservation specialist, Scott Winter, will share information on clothes washers, toilets, landscape and irrigation, and other measures which can help both residential and commercial customers save water and money. In addition to cost savings, conserving water improves the reliability of our drinking water supply, benefits aquatic ecosystems and associated recreational and economic opportunities, provides more water for agriculture, and saves energy. 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 (pictured) made from recycled City banners.  
Going Greener - Upcoming Eco Events
 

Environmental Sustainability E-Newsletter from the City of Colorado Springs

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