Environmental Sustainability E-Newsletter from the City of Colorado Springs

2009 City and Utilities Green Fair a success!
The 2009 Green Fair was held on September 10th with 55 vendors and 7 hands-on clinics.  The fair was developed in partnership with the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities, Core Energy and Clear Channel Communications.  The Green Fair had 1,000 attendees who learned about sustainability opportunities in the community and surrounding region. 
Southern Colorado Sustainability Conference on Nov 3-4

In 2008, there were about 650 people in attendance. This year, Catamount Institute is expecting over 800 Business leaders, business owners, community leaders, vendors, military personnel, and general public. Exhibitors will include 40]50 representing sustainable business, environment, community, and economy, living, and military, such as: renewable energy, alternative transportation, green building, eco]friendly products and services, energy and water conservation products & services, office efficiency products, green government & military efforts, local agriculture, eco]furniture, eco]fashion, and more.  If you missed the Green Fair, this is a great way to learn more and get your dose of some green goodness...to learn more, go to www.southerncoloradosustainability.net.

City Awarded $3.7 million Energy Efficiency Grant
On September 8th, the City of Colorado Springs was successfully awarded a $3.66 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG).  The projects to be funded under the grant include developing a sustainability plan, low-income home weatherization, a large-scale test on LED streetlight replacement, municipal facility audits/retrofits and an innovative higher-education commercial audit program in partnership with Utilities.  These funds bring exciting energy efficiency opportunities and will be an important step in the City's continuing effort to create sustainable operations and a more eco-friendly community. 
Mayors Promoting Green Initiatives
In September, the Mayors of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Monument came together with various business leaders to discuss ways to support and enhance the local green economy.  The discussion was an important step in ongoing efforts to make our region attractive as a "green" business supporter. 
Supervisor Conference Goes Green
This year's "McGyver" supervisor conference was held made a little more earth-friendly.  Glen Eyrie, who hosted the conference, used real silverware and plates, and recycling bins brought in by City employees (through our Art of Recycling program) were used to collect single-stream recycling.  A biking option was offered for interested supervisors and information was made available on how people can make little differences in every day habits to make a big impact on our environment.  In the end, 50% of the waste was diverted for the event! 

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