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Bike Pikes Peak!

You can hike it.  You can drive it.  You can even take a train.  Now there is now one more way you can bag Pikes Peak: on your bike.  Pikes Peak - America’s Mountain, in cooperation with the United States Forest Service, has opened the Pikes Peak Highway to unescorted bicyclists year round beginning January 1, 2013.

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Dealing with Drought

The U.S. Drought Monitor is forecasting the continuance of moderate to exceptional drought conditions through at least the beginning of 2013.  Recent lower-than-normal snow pack has put stress on our community's water supply. System-wide storage is at a low of 49 percent; normal storage is 65 percent. In all probability, utilities staff will propose restrictions to the Utilities Board for a final decision in March 2013.  Colorado Springs Utilities has asked us to share these indoor and outdoor winter watering tips.

 
Time to "Treecycle" Your Christmas Tree

The holidays may be behind us, but you likely have a few last-minute green duties to finish off the season – including recycling your Christmas tree.  About 25-30 million Christmas trees are sold annually in the U.S. and sadly many of them end up in landfills.  These trees contain valuable nutrients that can be chipped and used as mulch.  Mulch helps to prevent weeds, retain moisture, and protect roots.  Here in Colorado Springs there are SEVEN locations to drop off your trees this weekend, so add this item to your to-do list.  Cost is just $5 and supports the tree recycling program in addition to community youth sports.  All locations are offering free mulch (BYO tools).  For locations and information click here.

 
January Lunch-n-Learn: The Energy and Education Nexus

Colorado Springs education facilities are managing their energy using innovative and standard methods. At the City’s next Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn we’ll hear through a panel discussion how the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado College, School Districts 11, 20, and 2 as well as the Air Force Academy are making strives to reduce energy use and fossil-fuel based energy. At the free Thursday, January 17 event we’ll also explore the next 1000 megawatt question, how do such efforts translate to students in the learning environment?  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 made from reused City banners.   

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Going Greener: Upcoming Eco Events
  • Wednesdays - Wellness Walk leaving from Garden of the Gods Visitor Center 9am each Wednesday
  • Friday, January 11- Pre-School Program on Magpies at Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center 10am in Red Rocks Room.  Reservations Required 719-219-0108
  • Tuesday, January 15 - Wildfire Awareness and Emergency Preparedness Neighborhood Meeting 6:30-8pm at Cheyenne Mountain High School
  • Saturday, January 26 - Children's History Hour "Once Upon a Starry Night" 10:30-11:30 at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
  • Thursday February 21 - Green Bag Lunch-n-learn: Colorado Environmental Leaders Program
  • Thursday March 21 – Green Bag Lunch-n-learn: iCAST’s financed business efficiency program