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USA Pro Cycling Challenge comes to Colorado Springs
After more than 20 years, world-class professional cycling returns to Colorado with the first USA Pro Cycling Challenge launching on Aug.22, 2011 in Colorado Springs. Rivaling the level of the Tour de France, 136 world-class riders will tackle some of the toughest and most breathtaking terrain on earth. Colorado Springs will set the tone with the Prologue Time Trial marking the beginning of America's Race. Riders will be released at 60-second intervals descending from Garden of the Gods at speeds up to 50 mph on their way. They'll ride along Colorado Avenue into downtown Colorado Springs. In celebration of the international event, next week is full of fun and exciting bicycling activities you can be a part of.
  • Thursday, Aug. 18: Pikes Peak BMX Track event
  • Saturday, Aug. 20: University Village Colorado Grand Prix of Cycling
  • Sunday, Aug. 21: Colorado Endurance Sports Cheyenne Caņon Time Trial, Kids on Bikes Family Ride & Parade and the Peoples Pedal Party in Downtown Colorado Springs (a full-day of events for the people of our community who are proud to be hosting, volunteering and watching this world-class event)
  • Monday, Aug. 22: USA Pro Cycling Challenge Prologue and free Bike Valet Parking at the Finish Line Festival
  • Tuesday, Aug. 23: Movie - Pedal-Driven
  • Thursday, Aug. 25: Movie - Bicycle Dreams
  • The PPCS was organized as a Local Organization Committee for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, but is now here to stay to support and promote the outstanding bicycling community in Colorado Springs! Check out the full roster of festivities at www.pikespeakcyclingsociety.org or follow their moves on Facebook.

     
    Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets Plan ready for adoption
    The Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets Plan was approved by the Colorado Springs Planning Commission in July. It's now proceeding to City Council on Aug. 23, 2011 with a recommendation for formal adoption as an amendment of the City Comprehensive Plan. The goal of Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets Plan has been to reflect neighborhoods with appropriate design; contribute to the city's economic vitality; provide good commercial location value to businesses; support provisions for safe, convenient travel and incorporate environmentally sensitive design. First phase projects are being drafted into proposed funding plans and City staff are continuing to work with businesses and neighbors on private initiatives that support the vision. Reporting on tracking measures is also continuing. The plan includes corridor characteristics, future land uses, transportation/transit options and support for revitalization. The Academy Boulevard Great Streets plan and its appendices are available at www.AcademyBlvdGreatStreets.com.  
     
    Parade of Homes showcases sustainable design
    This year's Housing and Building Association's Colorado Springs Parade of Homes goes beyond energy efficient appliances to show two distinctly different, yet meaningful, examples of sustainable development. G.J. Gardner-Northgate breaks new ground with a LEED for Homes (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) house ? a first for the Colorado Springs Parade of Homes. This net-zero, energy efficient custom home showcases a geothermal heating and cooling system along with rooftop electric solar. The home is a part of the west side's Gold Hill Mesa, an infill Traditional Neighborhood that incorporates smart growth community-centered concepts and pedestrian access. The Parade of Homes will also display two homes for low-income families, including a Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity home with solar electric, solar hot water and an impressive HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score of 17. The Habitat home features local art and a special exemption is allowing reused, yet beautiful, furniture and repurposed window coverings. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for those 65 and over, are on sale at local Safeway stores or any Parade Home. The Parade of Homes runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day through Aug. 21. Free military tickets are available at Mike Shaw Buick GMC in Motor City or G. J. Gardner Homes-Northgate.
     
    Visit the City at the 2011 Pikes Peak EcoFestival on Aug. 27
    The Pikes Peak EcoFestival returns for its third year on Saturday, Aug. 27 bringing together environment, community and history to benefit the Rock Ledge Ranch Foundation. The event includes eco-conscious exhibitors, live music, performing artists, a beer garden, local food, an eco-auto display, tumbling with 8th Street Aerials Gymnastics, a kids' bicycle rodeo, kids' recycled art projects, face painting, drop-off for electronics (some fees may apply) and single-stream recycling. Visit with the City for free Bike Valet (bicycle parking), to check out our hybrid truck, learn about the new Greener Corners public recycling program or enter to win an LED streetlight. The EcoFestival begins at 10 a.m., ends at 4 p.m. and takes place at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site nestled on the east side of Garden of the Gods Park. A donation of $4 per person is suggested.
     
    Assessment of facilities reveals mixed employee access to single-stream recycling
    Using intern assistance provided through a Pikes Peak Workforce Center youth employment program, an assessment of 19 City facilities revealed mixed results providing access to single-stream recycling:
    • 69% of the City's employee offices had trash cans and recycling bins, 29% only had trash cans and 5% only had recycling bins.
    • 86% of common-area eating spaces had trash cans and 66% had recycling bins. 
    • 95% of meeting rooms had trash cans and 42% had recycling bins.
    • All public areas had trash cans and 50% had recycling bins.
    • 98% of shared office spaces had access to trash cans and 63% had recycling bins.
    • Less than 3% of the recycling containers in shared areas were contaminated with noticeable volumes of non-recyclables.
    City staff will endeavor to increase participation in recycling programs over time through improved employee access to recycling at City facilities.
     
    El Paso County Noxious Weed Walk Aug. 24, 2011
    A noxious weed is an invasive plant species that is designated as injurious to agricultural and/or horticultural crops, natural habitats and/or ecosystems and/or humans or livestock. The Colorado Department of Agriculture lists invasive weeds that grow within Colorado that can have an adverse effect on native habitats, croplands, native fauna, agriculture, forest management, nature preserves and parks and open spaces. The El Paso County Forestry and Weed Advisory Commission is inviting residents to come learn more about why noxious weeds are undesirable, how to identify noxious weeds and how to control noxious weeds. Participants will meet from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Clear Spring Ranch, lunch provided.  For directions and to RSVP (by Aug. 18) call 520-7871 or e-mail lindaapowell@elpasoco.com.
     
    Composting in Colorado Springs
    Composting in Colorado Springs may be easier to do than you think. Those who compost can provide their community with valuable environmental benefits. Residents can also benefit from an opportunity to reduce trash expenses. Not only does City code allow residential composting, but you can find out more about how to do it at home by visiting the City web site. For those who wish to compost at work, Bestway Disposal is the first local private waste hauler to add commercial composting to their list of waste and recycling services.
     
    Electric Integrated Resource Plan Winding Down - Input Needed

    Where should our community's electrical energy come from? Colorado Springs Utilities would like residents to know that the final public meeting for long range energy plan - the Electric Integrated Resource Plan (EIRP), will be Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Leon Young Service Center, 1521 Hancock Expressway. The meeting will begin with an open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and then a facilitated discussion and question and answer period from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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    Reusing Asphalt Shingles in Colorado Roads: City 'Green' Bag Lunch-n-Learn Thursday, Aug. 25
    Road projects across Colorado are now testing asphalt roof shingle mixes to achieve environmental and cost benefits. On Aug. 25, road construction project managers from the Colorado Department of Transportation, Boulder County, and City of Colorado Springs will join in a panel discussion to share the Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS) specifications they're using and their results so far. RAS can replace a significant amount (around 5 percent) of virgin binder asphalt used in roads. Positive impacts include landfill diversion, CO2 reductions, potential cost savings, and new business opportunities. At this event, we'll also learn how local businesses work with Colorado Springs roofers to collect and processes the shingles. The free lunch-n-learn runs over the noon lunch hour, from 12:11 to 12:49 p.m. at the Colorado Springs City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., in Suite 102. Attendees are encouraged to bring and enjoy their lunches during the presentation. Questions? Click here for more information.
     
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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 the State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs and City of Colorado Springs.