Happy Earth Month!

April 22 is Earth Day, and in the Pikes Peak Region we celebrate Earth Month all April long!  Have you made your Earth Month Pledge yet?  Attended an Earth Month event with your family?  Find out all the dirt on Earth Month 2013 here and get involved.  We only have one planet and what you do matters.  Interested in your individual or business carbon footprint?  You can easily calculate your carbon footprint here.  We are approaching the peak water consumption months.  Help conserve water and reduce your usage at home and business with this handy calculator.

Second Annual Springs Sustainability Snapshot Challenge Underway

The 2013 Springs Sustainability Snapshot Challenge is underway, and all you need to do is point and shoot your way to the $200 grand prize!  Tweet/Instagram your photos to @GovtInnovation using #EarthMonthCOS or submit on the Office of Innovation and Sustainability Facebook page.  Drawing will be held April 25 for fabulous prizes.  Winners will be drawn for $100 prizes in the “Greener Corners,”  “Volunteer in the Community,” and “Water Reduction” categories.  Full contest info here. 

Water Restrictions In Place

With below average snowfall this winter and the overall water storage system level less than 50%, City Council approved moving to Stage II of the Water Shortage Ordinance - mandating watering restrictions for the community.  Find out more about those restrictions here.  To help reduce your family’s water bills, CSU is offering FREE low-flow WaterSense® showerheads in exchange for your old, inefficient ones.  Limit 2 per customer while supplies last.  You can also swap up to 16 incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs – 3 watts available: 100, 75, and 60.  Go green and save some green!  While you’re there, take a self-guided tour of their beautiful Xeriscape Demonstration Garden at 2855 Mesa Road or attend a free Xeriscape class to learn strategies for your lawn's survival during the drought.  See class schedule here.

Woodbine Apartments Get Green Makeover

Renovations at Greccio's Woodbine Apartments are complete.  Each apartment in the 36-unit facility now has new carpet, appliances, fixtures, low-flow toilets and showerheads, and kitchen cabinets. Children living at Woodbine will enjoy the new playground and the community garden is available for adults to cultivation.   Units are now being leased, so please call before they're gone!  475-1422.

5 Lessons for Sustaining Global Forests

The Lorax may speak for the trees, but it is important to see the forests for more than just the trees.  An estimated 500 million people depend directly on forests for their livelihoods and the entire world depends on them for food, water, clean air, and vital medicines.  Forests also absorb carbon dioxide, making them critical to curbing climate change.  Read this article based on the recent World Forest Summit of five lessons that are critical for properly managing and protecting global forests.

April Lunch N Learn: Gardening During Drought with Phelan Gardens

The drought is upon us.  How will your landscape fair?  Come get tips, tricks, and expert advice on water-wise landscaping for your home or business with Phelan Gardens at this Earth Month Lunch-n-Learn.  Bring your lunch, bring your questions, and bring a friend!  Note: program will take place on the 7th floor in Room 701.  Bring ID for the security guard station. 

Going Greener: Upcoming Eco-Events
  • Thurs. April 18 Lunch N Learn: Gardening During Drought with Phelan Gardens at City Administration Building
  • Sat. April 20 9am-3pm Earth Day at Garden of the Gods Park
  • Sat. April 27 9am El Paso County-Wide Cleanup “Tackle the Trash.”  Call 520-7871 to volunteer
  • Sat. May 4 9am-2pm El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Recycling Event at County Citizen’s Service Center (1675 W. Garden of the Gods).  520-7871 for more info.
  • Find more Earth Month events HERE.