City to Receive Award for Restoration of Fountain Creek

A collaborative public-private partnership has led to an award-winning demonstration of sustainable environmental planning and construction practices through the restoration of Fountain Creek. The project, along Gold Hill Mesa in southwest Colorado Springs, accomplished several goals, most prominently reducing erosion of contaminated mine tailings, improving water quality, and reducing flood risk in the project vicinity. The project also restores some of the natural sinuosity to this stretch of Fountain Creek, stabilizes more than a half-mile of stream banks, and restores aquatic and riparian habitat. Several sustainable design elements were incorporated, including installation of recycled concrete rip rap from the old mill site as buried slope stability (donated by a project partner), replanting of trees that were cleared as construction began, and reuse of larger removed trees as functional drop structures as well as natural fish habitat. This important regional water body will receive long-term benefits from the planting of over 40,000 willows for slope stabilization, natural bank protection with large sized boulders and softer coconut coir rolls, the introduction of a low flow trench to create variable water speeds within the cobble channel lining, and large wetland aquatic areas uniquely designed in several different forms to test viability for future projects. The partnership of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the City, and Gold Hill Mesa Partners allowed each partner to realize cost savings by leveraging funds, while achieving common goals of restoring Fountain Creek. The Partnership for Community Design Awards recognize efforts in landscape/environmental design, community planning, architectural design, building renovation and/or restoration, public art, public activities or other projects that enhance the visual environment and quality of life of the Colorado Springs area.

Celebrate Earth Day all Week!

Colorado Springs rolls out the "green" carpet for Earth Day and this year?s opportunities to get involved or learn something new are greater than ever!  Come one out for one or more of these fantastic events.

         Sat. April 16 - Pikes Peak Earth Day: The 6th Annual Pikes Peak Earth Day is a community event that provides something for everyone as it showcases all things environmental in the region. Celebrate our community while you explore free eco-friendly exhibitors, workshops, children?s activities, entertainment, environmental presentations, food, art, and much more. City staff are participating with information on alternative commuting, waterway pollution preventions, how to get a LED streetlight in your neighborhood, and upcoming opportunities. It's 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Doherty High School, 4515 Barnes Road.  

         Sat. April 16 - Garden of the Gods & Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site: These two adjacent City venues are teaming up once again to host a slew of activities. At Garden of the Gods you'll experience line-up of free presentations and events designed to grow appreciation for nature, from an 8:30 a.m. park clean-up (free lunch for volunteers) to live wildlife demonstrations (you can also bring your electronics for recycling with proceeds to benefit Friends of the Garden of the Gods). Free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes a morning tree planting of Toba Hawthorn Trees and demonstrations of historic and "recycled" crafts (such as composting and rag rug making).

         Fri. April 22 - Rethink Your Ride on Earth Day: ride free on Mountain Metro, Front Range Express and Ute Pass Express all day! Click here for alternative transportation information.

Recycling Education Volunteers Wanted for

The City of Colorado Springs, in partnership with Greener Corners, is launching a public space recycling program with the installation of 60 new combination trash and recycle bins in the core downtown area and 90 bins throughout seven of the City's large community parks and sports complexes. We need your help! Greener corners is looking for environmentally conscious, energetic volunteers to help catch Colorado Springs "green handed" and educate citizens about the benefits of recycling. Volunteers receive a free "STOP ? Can you recycle that?" t-shirt. An initial training is scheduled for April 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Alamo Building (102 S. Tejon Street). Those who can not attend on that day can contact Jennifer at (406) 396-6345 for additional volunteer trainings.


Arbor Day 2011 at America the Beautiful Park on April 29

Mayor Rivera will kick off this year's Arbor Day Celebration at America the Beautiful Park on Friday, April 29 at 9:30 a.m. with a ceremonial tree planting. Volunteers are invited to help plant approximately 25 trees along the Midland Trail between Monument Creek and Chestnut Street. Trees make our community more beautiful; in that vein, artists are invited to paint tree-themed mini murals over the graffiti-covered columns under the adjacent I-25 bridge (see below) and members of the City's volunteer employee Green Team will complete a trail clean-up over their lunch hour.  Volunteers will receive seedling trees which they can pant elsewhere in the community as a thank you gift. Click here for more information.

Artists Wanted for Arbor Day

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking professional or amateur artist volunteers to paint tree-themed mini-murals over 18 graffiti-covered columns along the Mid-land Trail under I-25. This effort, part of the City's April 29 Arbor Day event, needs artists to each decorate a column on that day (the space on each is about 2.5 x 4-feet) between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (While murals tend to decrease incidents of graffiti, participants should be prepared for the possibility that their work may be tagged in the near future.) The City will supply paint, brushes and gloves. The water-based paint will be re-used from what has previously been dropped off at the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste collection facility. To sign up for a column, contact City Sustainability Coordinator Carrie McCausland at cmccausland@springsgov.com or 719-385-2746. 

How K-12 Schools are Getting Green Done: April 26 Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn

On Thursday, April 28 a panel made up of representatives from local schools will share what their schools and organizations are doing to incorporate sustainable and green practices. The lunch-n-learn runs over the noon lunch hour, from 12:11 to 12:49 p.m. This month the event will be held City Hall, 107 N Nevada Ave, in the Academy Room, while election ballots occupy the standard meeting space. 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.  Each month, the City Green Team sponsors a lunch-n-learn topic on environmental issues. Questions? Contact City of Colorado Springs Sustainability Coordinator Carrie McCausland, 719-385-CSGN (2746) or cmccausland@springsgov.com.

Going Greener ? Upcoming events:

Sat. April 16 - Pikes Peak Earth Day

Sat. April 16 - Earth Day at Rock Ledge Ranch & Garden of the Gods

April 17 to 19 - Global NEW ENERGY Summit

April 20 to 21 - USGBC Rocky Mountain Green conference

April 27 to 28 - Arkansas River Basin Water Forum

Thurs. April 28 - Green Bag Lunch-N-Learn: How are local K-12 Schools Getting Green Done: A Panel Discussion

Fri. April 29 - Arbor Day Celebration


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.