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Colorado Springs recycles 20 tons in first quarter of public space recycling program
Since the City launched a Greener Corners recycling program on Earth Day, 20 tons of recyclables have been diverted from area landfills. That's 41 percent of the total waste collected from downtown and seven city parks. To put it in environmental equivalents, in four months Colorado Springs recyclers using the bins have:
  • Saved 171 trees;
  • Conserved 252,464 gallons of water;
  • Taken 15 cars off the road;
  • Saved 333,261 kilowatt hours of energy;
  • Reduced oil consumption by 9,080 gallons; or
  • Averted 58,376 pounds of greenhouse gas.
There are currently 60 recycle bins in the core downtown area and 90 throughout seven of the city's larger parks and sports complexes (Memorial Park, Palmer Park, Skyview Sports Complex, Goose Gossage Sports Complex, Leon Young Sports Complex, Acacia Park, and the parking lot at Red Rock Canyon). The City and Greener Corners plan to expand the recycling program throughout more of the city over the next several years. The public recycling program is made possible by the businesses that advertise on the bins. Signage on these distinctive bins promotes their brand and helps our community meet sustainability goals.  Read More...
What If... we all reduce, reuse and recycle whenever and wherever we can?
Event organizers estimate that over 15,000 people of all ages, from all parts of the region, and from a wide-range of backgrounds and experiences came together for a day of innovation, imagination and creativity at the What If... Festival. The City partnered with Bestway Disposal and the Recycling Coalition of Colorado springs to provide event-goers with an interactive reuse experience turning shipping containers into recycling containers by painting them with re-used water-based paint provided by the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Site. Each handprint represents a young person willing to take the pledge to recycle whenever and wherever they can. The barrels are part of the City's "Art of Recycling" program. Since the "Art of Recycling" launched two years ago, the program has inspired three local grade schools, a college, an international business, an apartment complex and others to expand or launch their own single-stream recycling programs using the free barrels. When damaged or no longer needed, the barrels can be recycled. Those interested in using the free barrels to start their own recycling program may contact Sustainability Coordinator Carrie McCausland at cmccausland@springsgov.com or (719) 385-2746. Click here to learn more.
 
Take Charge Colorado Springs!
Do you want to help local residents conserve energy? On Oct. 8, all ages can volunteer with the Meadows Park Community Center and local college and high school students to interact with Colorado Springs residents face-to-face. You'll be helping to switch incandescent porch bulbs with CFLs for free, connecting income-qualifying households with free weatherization services, and providing information to all residents about energy-reducing programs, rebates and practices. Volunteers receive a thorough 45-minute training. Groundwork Colorado's funding for this Colorado Student Energy Awareness and Outreach Project is provided by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant awarded by the U. S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration and sponsored by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Colorado Workforce Development Council, and the Colorado State Energy Partnership Coalition. To RSVP locally, contact Tilah Larson at 719-385-6532 or tlarson@springsgov.com by Sept. 30, 2011.
 
Pedal Power exhibit at Pioneer's Museum thru February 2012
A Pioneers Museum small but dynamic new bicycle exhibit features cycling in the Colorado Springs area. Pedal Power highlights how the climate, terrain, and scenic beauty of the Pikes Peak Region have made it a natural fit for cycling over the past 100 years. The collection features fun photos, commentary as well as Helen Jackson's sensational blue National, an early twentieth-century Tiger manufactured in Colorado Springs, Alison Dunlap's GT mountain bike from the 2000 Sydney Olympics and Chris Carmichael's Murray from the Tour of Italy. The Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., is open Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission and bicycle parking are free. Photo courtesy of the Pikes Peak Museum.
 
Bicycle parking rolls in event attendees
The City?s MetroRides provided bicycle valet parking service at eight events throughout the past summer where nearly 900 bicycles were securely parked. Event participants who took advantage of this innovative service could enjoy these community events without having to worry about finding a parking space or carry around locks, helmets or other bicycling gear. Using the City?s Bicycle Tax fund, the City invested in signs and mobile event-style bike parking (lightweight and flexible to meet the needs of different venues) to make it all possible. Event planners can provide this service at their event next year by contacting Deb Spinato at dspinato@springsgov.com or call her at 719-385-5276.
 
2011 Pikes Peak Tour of Sustainable Buildings
The non-profit Southeast Colorado Renewable Energy Society (SECRES) invites Colorado Springs residents to learn how to improve energy efficiency and tap clean solar energy to generate electricity, hot water or space heating. On Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. visit the free expo to purchase your tour ticket. The  ticket ($2, free for kids 15 and under) lets you come and go to multiple homes and businesses in the Colorado Springs area using solar energy, plus a guided tour of the Air Force Academy's new 6 megawatt solar array. The expo, located at the Colorado Springs Utilities Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Rd, will showcase a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy products and services.   
Experience the Springs!
Leadership Pikes Peak is offering an interactive day-and-a-half program that gives participants a window into the history, economy, arts, education, military, local government, infrastructure and challenges facing the Pikes Peak region. Participants will meet on-site with community decision-makers (such as Councilmember Martin) and industry leaders, build new relationships, establish strong community ties, and experience the community "up close and personal." At the Beidleman Environmental Center, for example, participants will meet new Executive Director Darlene Jensen to learn how Catamount Institute and the Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network are inspiring ecological stewardship from classrooms to boardrooms. In short, on the evening of Oct. 26 and all day on Oct. 27 this unique program offers you an inside look at our community. The cost is $200 including meals, materials, and transportation with a 10 percent discount for military/veterans. For additional information, email becci@leadershippikespeak.org or call 632-2618. 
More than 50 schools participating in Walk-to-School-Day
Walk-to-School-Day will take place locally on Friday, Sept. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 5. More than 50 elementary schools from the El Paso and Teller County area are encouraging safe walking to school on these days. The goal is to get kids to forgo their daily ride to school and spend more quality time with parents or caregivers walking to school or the bus stop, focusing on pedestrian safety and discovering just how enjoyable and walkable their communities are. This is a proactive activity that puts a focus on the positive. Walking to school with children encourages:
  • Physical activity
  • Walking with awareness and confidence
  • Safe walking skills ? learning to cross a street safely
  • Awareness of how walkable a community is and shows where improvements can be made
  • Concern for the environment
  • Reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools
  • Taking back neighborhoods for people on foot
  • Sharing time with community parents and children
Historically, our region has the highest participation numbers in the state. DRIVE SMART COLORADO, the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Spring Safe Kids, LiveWell Colorado Springs and Wendy's are partnering to provide schools with resources and support walkers with small rewards.
 
Colorado Clean Cities Coalitions secure $500,000 electric vehicle grant

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that the American Lung Association in Colorado will administer a $500,000 grant for electric vehicle implementation planning. This was a 60-partner effort which includes a leadership role for the Northern, Denver Metro, and Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalitions. City of Colorado Springs and other municipalities along the Front Range have committed to participate. To support electricity as a transportation fuel, the DOE is funding local/regional planning for policies and incentives to develop electric charging infrastructure. This will prepare local communities, such as Colorado Springs, for successful deployment and implementation of plug-in electric drive vehicles. The overall effort will help to decrease the nation's dependence on petroleum, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating the deployment of plug-in electric drive vehicles and electric vehicle supply equipment.

 
City Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn Thursday, Oct. 20: Heavy duty electric vehicles hit the road
Fort Carson and Smith are partnering to pilot five heavy-duty vehicles. A demo 20-passenger bus, weapons reset box truck, recycle stake bed truck, stake bed truck with cover, and refrigerated box truck will begin calling the base home this October. Fort Carson will present the pilot project at a Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. Not only should the electric vehicles' cost per mile be less expensive (from .40 cents per square mile to .12 cents) than a traditional petroleum model, but the vehicles will result in less pollution/emissions and will serve as a distributed electricity storage system able to provide backup power to homes and businesses. The Southern Clean Cities Coalition will also provide a short overview of a recently awarded electric vehicle infrastructure preparedness grant that will help Colorado communities, such as Colorado Springs, to plan locally for the integration of electricity as vehicle fuel. 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 Ave., 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.
 
Going Greener
 

Environmental Sustainability E-Newsletter from the City of Colorado Springs

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