Waterway cleanup a spotless success!

On Saturday, March 6 more than 50 members of our community, including those from the City Green Team, Colorado Springs Utilities, BETTR Recycling, the Old North End, US Green Building Council and Colorado College, turned out for a creek cleanup. Mother Nature showed her appreciation with warm, sunny weather. Last summer, the City Green Team adopted this section of Monument Creek, north of Uintah through Monument Valley Park, on behalf of the community. Kudos to the Fleet Division who simultaneously tackled the west river bank. We were able to leave this section of creek, and beyond, spotless after removing a truck load of trash! Barbeque and a game of kick-ball rounded out the fun-filled day. Thanks to all who helped out! Click here for photos and information.

Adult students learn energy efficiency hands-on

A City energy efficiency and conservation grant is providing hands-on learning for students from Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The program is a partnership with Colorado Springs Utilities that employs qualified college students to undertake sufficiently complex audits as a means of providing practical hands-on education. The audits are being directed by Farnsworth Group, a local engineering company. In addition to educating the next generation of adult decision makers, the audits directly benefit participating small to mid-sized commercial, non-profit and education facilities not normally reached through existing programs. The students have completed initial visits to all 13 facilities, with 2 audits fully completed. Next steps are facility retrofits for identified upgrades that are estimated to pay for themselves within a 5-year time period. The program, enabled by Department of Energy American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds, is anticipated to reduce greenhouse gasses by 450 metric tons over ten years.

Green Roofs Made Easy: Thurs. March 25 Lunch-N-Learn
Didn't think green roofs could survive in arid Colorado Springs? Guess again. The City?s Green Team ?Green? Bag Lunch-n-Learn will cover this topic over the noon lunch hour, from 12:11 to 12: 49 p.m. on Thursday, March 25. Weston Solutions, Inc, will share how they've used their GreenGrid® system to create green roofs in Colorado Springs and along the Front Range (pictured is a GreenGrid® roof at Peterson Air Force Base in June of 2009). The modular system works on flat or low-sloped roofs on new or existing buildings, such as those throughout downtown Colorado Springs and the rest of our community. Green roofs can help to increase building energy efficiency, reduce heat island effect, decrease stormwater while increasing stormwater quality, improve air quality, increase roof life, and increase acoustic insulation. Using native plants can also provide a comfortable atmosphere for humans and animals alike. The lunch-n-learn will be held at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada, in Suite 102. Click here for more information.
Lights out on Pikes Peak for Earth Hour March 27
We?re going to recognize Earth Hour in our region by turning out the light on the Pikes Peak Summit House! On Saturday, March 27 2010 you too can make a statement by turning your lights out from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to, "stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future." In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world?s largest global climate change initiative.
Going Greener - Upcoming events:
March 25 - Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn: Green Roofs Made Easy
March 27 - Earth Hour
April 22 - Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn: Eating for the Environment
April 24 - North Cheyenne Canyon Cleanup Day

Environmental Sustainability E-Newsletter from the City of Colorado Springs

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