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What is the City's Green Team?

Tote bags made from old Downtown banners
As a demonstration project, Green Team members had tote bags (pictured) made from old banners (pictured) that had previously hung in Downtown.

A City of Colorado Springs interdepartmental Green Team was formed on Earth Day 2008 out of an overall interest within the City related to sustainable policies and to provide internal support of the City's Strategic Plan. The group took off running and hasn't looked back. They have more than 50 members and they aren't alone; 73 percent of the City's workforce feels City participation in environmentally sustainable practices is important.


Here is a list of some of the group's accomplishments:

  • Success of the 2008 and 2009 Green Fair, including marketing, set-up, invitations and coordination-exceeded goals by 30 percent at no additional cost to the City organization,
  • Meeting with the waste haulers to encourage wider availability of single-stream curbside recycling in the community (offerings were increased by 3 of 4 waste haulers) and posting on-line recycling comparisons between major waste haulers' recycling offerings and a recycling drop-off locations map,
  • Completing annual employee surveyies related to green and sustainable practices for baselines, including recycling, alternative commuting and green building (second most responded to internal electronic survey completed by City staff),
  • Setting up tours of the Fort Carson solar array (second-largest in Colorado), recycling facilities, and Palmer Ridge High School's geothermal installation (largest in Colorado), the Green Roof at Schriever Air Force Base, permiable road project at Schriever Air Force Base, and UCCS LEED Science and Engineering building, 
  • Increasing the City's LEED Accredited Professionals or Green Associates from zero to seven and becoming a USGBC member in 2009,
  • Applying for, and being awarded a $200,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to hire a Sustainability Coordinator position for the City of Colorado Springs, 
  • Creating an inventory and presentation, "Greening Colorado Springs" of what the City is doing in regards to sustainability efforts, and
  • Holding three Adopt-A-Waterway creek clean-up events that removed 4-5 truck loads of trash and recyclables per activity. Click here to see more.  
  • Planting an organic vegetable demonstraition garden at City Hall.

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Top 25.pdf

  This presentation was given by the Sustainability Coordinator Carrie McCausland at the 2011 Colorado Sustainability Conference. It shares 25 cheap, fun ways to motivate sustainability in the workplace. Featured ideas came from the Green Team and other creative minds in Colorado Springs.

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