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Environmental stewardship, sustainable living and enlightened public policy in the Pikes Peak Region.

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Environmental stewardship, sustainable living and enlightened public policy in the Pikes Peak Region.

    The New Energy Market

    The New Energy Market

    What’s happening and what can we expect in terms of how we get electricity to power our homes, business and industry? How clean can it be, and what it will cost? Over the past twenty years, the energy market has shifted dramatically. The unsubsidized cost of wind and solar energy, with battery storage, has dropped below the cost of fossil fuel generation. The US Energy Information Agency expects the trend of dropping renewable energy and storage costs, and rising cost of coal, to continue. The shift to renewable energy for electric generation brings more significant benefits than lower electric rates.
    This episode features a presentation by Jim Riggins at the September Pikes Peak Environmental Forum. Jim retired after 30 years in the US Air Force, serving as a research engineer, pilot, operational planner, and weapon systems programmer. He also served as an operations group commander, and vice wing commander. He is a retired small business owner as a Home Energy Rater and Professional Building Analyst, providing consulting to builders and architects on energy efficient building construction and residential and commercial energy audits. Jim holds Masters degrees in electrical engineering, Military Art and Science, and National Security Strategy. He is a Senior Executive Fellow from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He currently sits on the board of Mountain View Electric Association and serves as a volunteer on the Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity building committee.
    This program was recorded at the September 25, 2020 meeting of the Pikes Peak Environmental Forum. The Forum informs the community in Colorado Springs on issues of environmental import. Our monthly luncheon meeting topics have ranged from how earthquakes can predict weather events to sustainable energy solutions. Each month we learn something we weren’t necessarily aware we needed to know, but in broadening our knowledge, we deepen our understanding of, and our connection to, the world. Learn about future luncheons at our Facebook page, or contact us to be put on the email list for meeting notifications.
    Pikes Peak Environmental Forum presenting sponsors are Becky Elder the Gardener and Peak Radar.
     
    LINKS:
    Slides for the presentation in this episode
    Levelized Cost of Energy and Levelized Cost of Storage – 2020
     
    Presenting Sponsors:
    Art of Engineering
    Black Hills Energy
    Miriam's Place
    OrganaGardens
    Additional Sponsors:
    Blue Planet Earthscapes
    Peak Radar
    Environmental Compliance Systems
    Old Town Bike Shop
    Terra Essentials
    The following environment/sustainability organizations in the Pikes Peak region collaborate to produce the Peak Environment podcast about environmental stewardship, sustainable living and enlightened public policy in the Pikes Peak Region.
    Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability
    Green Cities Coalition
    Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future
    Pikes Peak Environmental Forum
    Pikes Peak Group of Sierra Club
    Pikes Peak Permaculture
     
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    • 44 min
    Manitou Springs Forest Garden Initiative Kick-Off

    Manitou Springs Forest Garden Initiative Kick-Off

    Indigenous permaculturalist, designer, builder and educator Michael Alcazar led this ceremony on September 18, 2020 at Flying Pig Farm. This ceremony kicked off the Manitou Springs Forest Garden Initiative, in which Manitou will be planting tree guilds (natural communities of tree/plant relationships) that will act as natural education sites for the community for learning how to grow food, provide pollinator and bird support, and help mitigate climatic changes. The initiative began with three planting sites. Volunteers met the next morning to begin planting. Masks were worn and social distancing was practiced at this ceremony.

    To volunteer, please call or email Becky Elder (719-685-0290. The ceremony, and this episode, were presented by Pikes Peak Permaculture. Michael Alcazar also spoke about his 1 Million Trees project for Colorado.


    LINKS:
    Pikes Peak Permaculture
    1 Million Trees project for Colorado
    Flying Pig Farm
     
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    The following environment/sustainability organizations in the Pikes Peak region collaborate to produce the Peak Environment podcast about environmental stewardship, sustainable living and enlightened public policy in the Pikes Peak Region.
    Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability
    Green Cities Coalition
    Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future
    Pikes Peak Environmental Forum
    Pikes Peak Group of Sierra Club
    Pikes Peak Permaculture
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    • 59 min
    Creek Week Cleanup 2020

    Creek Week Cleanup 2020

    Don’t miss the 7th annual Creek Week Cleanup, September 26 – October 4th.
    Every year citizens of Southern Colorado step up, put on their environmental steward hats, and join with friends and neighbors in what’s become the largest watershed-wide cleanup in Colorado. In this episode, Alli Schuch shares how we can all participate this year. Safe, socially-distanced, outdoor activities are on the agenda. Last year, 3,200 volunteers from Palmer Lake to Trinidad removed over 14 tons of litter.
    Peak Environment host and co-producer Ellen Johnson-Fay interviews Alli Schuch, who coordinates outreach for the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District.
    Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Creek Week Cleanup. There are over 40 public events to choose from, or you can organize your own Creek Crew and Alli’s team will help you find a site. Learn more and register at fountaincreekweek.com

    The following environment/sustainability organizations in the Pikes Peak region collaborate to produce the Peak Environment podcast about environmental stewardship, sustainable living and enlightened public policy in the Pikes Peak Region.
    Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability
    Dems Environmental Initiative
    Green Cities Coalition
    Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future
    Pikes Peak Environmental Forum
    Pikes Peak Library District Sustainability Team
    Pikes Peak Group of Sierra Club
    Pikes Peak Permaculture
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    • 24 min
    Voices for Wolves - Proposition 114

    Voices for Wolves - Proposition 114

    The 2020 election in Colorado is shaping up to be historic, but not for the reasons you might think. Voters in Colorado will get the chance to direct wildlife managers to reintroduce gray wolves, nearly 80 years after they were eradicated on behalf of the livestock industry. 
    In this interview, Delia Malone, Mike Phillips, and Rob Edward, three friends and longtime wolf advocates, discuss the importance of wolves to Colorado's future.
    This episode is courtesy of Pikes Peak Group of the Sierra Club. The Pikes Peak Group is part of the Colorado Chapter of the Sierra Club and represents members in the greater Pikes Peak region as well as communities to the east and west of the region. The purpose of the Sierra Club is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; and to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
    We invite you to join in our events, hikes, and discussions. For more information about the Group’s activities and events, follow Pikes Peak Group of the Sierra Club on Facebook (links below).
    For more information:
    www.sierraclub.org
    www.wolfactionfund.com
    Colorado Wolves FAQ CHCC – A website developed at Colorado State University by the Center for Human and Carnivore Coexistence
    The following environment/sustainability organizations in the Pikes Peak region collaborate to produce the Peak Environment podcast about environmental stewardship, sustainable living and enlightened public policy in the Pikes Peak Region.
    Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability
    Dems Environmental Initiative
    Green Cities Coalition
    Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future
    Pikes Peak Environmental Forum
    Pikes Peak Library District Sustainability Team
    Pikes Peak Group of Sierra Club
    Pikes Peak Permaculture
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    • 47 min
    Updating the Regional Sustainability Plan

    Updating the Regional Sustainability Plan

    How can we improve the Pikes Peak Region 2030 Plan? Several municipalities and organizations in the Pikes Peak Region came together to develop a long-range sustainability plan, completed in 2012 and adopted by some cities and organizations (but not by the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, interestingly). In this episode, Konrad Schlarbaum (director of Green Cities Coalition) discusses his recommendations for improvements to the regional sustainability plan (PPR 2030). The City of Colorado Springs has adopted the plan and is interested in doing an update. Ellen Johnson-Fay interviews Konrad here.
    Konrad invites you to comment with questions or suggestions, or to express interest in getting involved in this project.
    This episode of Peak Environment is courtesy of the Green Cities Coalition, communicating the promise of embracing sustainable actions in our environment and with one another. We strive to collaborate in positive ways and create partnerships with other people and organizations inside and outside of the sustainability community.
    Ultimately, our goal is to celebrate with you the achievements of those who contribute to the preservation and health of our local natural and human environments. We invite you to Communicate, Collaborate and Celebrate all things sustainable with us!
    LINKS:
    Looking to Our Future – Pikes Peak Region 2030 plan
    PDF of Konrad’s Proposal
    PDF of Konrad’s Powerpoint Presentation
    Green Cities Coalition (Facebook)
    Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future
    Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG)
    City of Colorado Springs Office of Innovation
    Pikes Peak Environmental Forum
    Pikes Peak Community College Office of Sustainability
    Manitou Springs Climate Action Workgroup
    Manitou Springs sustainability
    Sierra Club – Pikes Peak Group
    Southeast Colorado Renewable Energy Society (SECRES)
    350 Colorado Springs
    Colorado Farm and Art Market
    Colorado Farm and Art Market – order online at Open Food Network
    The following environment/sustainability organizations in the Pikes Peak region collaborate to produce the Peak Environment podcast about environmental stewardship, sustainable living and enlightened public policy in the Pikes Peak Region.
    Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability
    Dems Environmental Initiative
    Green Cities Coalition
    Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future
    Pikes Peak Environmental Forum
    Pikes Peak Library District Sustainability Team
    Pikes Peak Group of Sierra Club
    Pikes Peak Permaculture
     
    Keep up with all the organizations and events making our area a better place to live. Subscribe (free) on your favorite podcast app so you don't miss an episode:



     

    • 45 min
    Indigenous Land Management for Growing Food Locally

    Indigenous Land Management for Growing Food Locally

    What can we learn from indigenous people about caring for the land on which we depend for our food? This episode is a recording of the keynote address by indigenous permaculture designer Michael Alcazar at the 2020 Pikes Peak Foodshed Forum. The forum was hosted by Green Cities Coalition and Pikes Peak Community College on February 8, 2020.
    Indigenous permaculture designer Michael Alcazar is a master educator with over 30 years of designing, teaching, facilitating, building, and coaching experience. His various life experiences have uniquely given him the opportunity to explore areas of art, building, design, anatomy and physiology, health and human services, as well as Permaculture - all from the perspective of his indigenous ancestral lineage of traditional ecological knowledge and application.
    Thanks to event sponsors Pikes Peak Community College, Pizzeria Rustica, and the PBS POV series.
    LINKS:
    Michael Alcazar's Slides
    Pikes Peak Community College – Office of Sustainability
    Pizzeria Rustica
    POV on PBS
    The following environment/sustainability organizations in the Pikes Peak region collaborate to produce the Peak Environment podcast about environmental stewardship, sustainable living and enlightened public policy in the Pikes Peak Region.
    Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability
    Dems Environmental Initiative
    Green Cities Coalition
    Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future
    Pikes Peak Environmental Forum
    Pikes Peak Library District Sustainability Team
    Pikes Peak Group of Sierra Club
    Pikes Peak Permaculture
     
    Keep up with all the organizations and events making our area a better place to live. Subscribe (free) on your favorite podcast app so you don't miss an episode:



     

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