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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.

    Green Standards for Stormwater Infrastructure

    Green Standards for Stormwater Infrastructure

    Stormwater management is a critical environmental concern for a large urban area like Colorado Springs. City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise Manager Richard Mulledy discusses the city’s new green infrastructure standards for development and redevelopment. He also shares some planned and some completed capital projects, and gives us an overview of the strategic vision of the Stormwater Enterprise. LINKS: Presenter’s slideshttps://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/SWENTGreenInfra_7.20.2022.pdf City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprisehttps://coloradosprings.gov/stormwater-enterprise This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on July 20, 2022. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Join us (free) the third Wednesday of every month. The mission of Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future is to promote regional sustainability and advance the Pikes Peak region's sustainability plan (PPR2030) through regional collaboration and outreach. Connect with us at peakalliance.org 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 Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future Pikes Peak Permaculture Keep up with all the organizations and events making our area a better place to live. Follow on your favorite podcast app so you don't miss an episode:

    • 46 min
    Native Plants Support a Healthy Watershed

    Native Plants Support a Healthy Watershed

    Learn about the newly revived Kathleen Marriage Garden at Sondermann Park, and how you can incorporate native plants into your landscape and help support a healthy watershed. Colorado Native Plant Society Executive Director Maggie Gaddis and Fountain Creek Watershed District Interim Executive Director Alli Schuch talk about the history of the garden, how it was brought back to life, and how native plants help support a healthy watershed. They also discuss National Pollinator Month.
    LINKS:
    Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District
    https://www.fountain-crk.org/
    Fountain Creek Watershed info
    https://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/FCWatershed.jpg

    Fountain Creek Watershed Map
    https://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Fountain_Creek_Watershed-map.pdf

    Fountain Creek Brewshed Alliance Map
    https://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/FCWD-Brewshed-Poster-2022.pdf
    Colorado Native Plant Society
    https://conps.org/
    Register to Virtually Attend the Next Sustainability in Progress meeting
    Sustainability in Progress: Stormwater Green Infrastructure Plan
    Jul 20, 2022 08:00 AM
    City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise Manager Richard Mulledy will share about the enterprise’s Green Infrastructure plan.
    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsde2sqzMpHd3HfEPDlGRTFT3KFjPPU6W8 



    Special thanks to Studio 809 Podcasts Supporter and Community Partner, Springs Homes.


    This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on June 15, 2022. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Join us (free) the third Wednesday of every month.
    The mission of Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future is to promote regional sustainability and advance the Pikes Peak region's sustainability plan (PPR2030) through regional collaboration and outreach. Connect with us at peakalliance.org
    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
    Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future
    Pikes Peak Permaculture
    Keep up with all the organizations and events making our area a better place to live. Follow on your favorite podcast app so you don't miss an episode:



     

    • 32 min
    90 Conserving Water at Home

    90 Conserving Water at Home

    A dry winter, long-term drought, and record low levels in major Colorado River reservoirs have all of us wondering what we can do to minimize our water consumption. Kate Larson of Resource Central shares how the organization is helping communities implement programs to encourage homeowners to conserve water.
    City of Fountain Conservation and Sustainability Manager Katie Helm also shares the response from community members and why being able to partner with another organization to administer these services is so invaluable. (Resource Central is helping the city of Fountain with Lawn Replacement, Slow the Flow (irrigation evaluations), a smart controller program, and seminars).
    LINKS:
    Speaker’s Slides
    https://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Resource-Central-SIP-5.18.2022_v2.pdf
     Resource Central
    https://resourcecentral.org/ 
    City of Fountain Conservation & Sustainability
    https://fountainco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=8af6d3c2308b4909a1820b4337bb38b5
     Source of information and inspiration - property owners can share water conservation tips and experience
    https://waterwiseyards.org/
    Three Videos Shown by Kate:
     Lafayette Waterwise Yard Transformation
    https://youtu.be/UVyV-I5O5mg
    Bee Friendly Yard Beautifies the Neighborhood
    https://youtu.be/bxMfWP9m2gI
    Lawn Replacement Program: How It Works
    https://youtu.be/dQtzodxoOUI
     Resource Central YouTube Channel
    https://www.youtube.com/user/ReSourceConservation
    Sustainable and Resilient Pikes Peak Region - Facebook Group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/srppr
     Receive Notifications of Future Sustainability in Progress Meetings
    https://tinyurl.com/4h4ujnya



    Special thanks to Studio 809 Podcasts Supporter and Community Partner, Springs Homes.


    This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on May 18, 2022. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Join us (free) the third Wednesday of every month.
    The mission of Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future is to promote regional sustainability and advance the Pikes Peak region's sustainability plan (PPR2030) through regional collaboration and outreach. Connect with us at peakalliance.org
    UPCOMING EVENTS:
    Sustainability in Progress
    June 15, 2022
    8 to 9 am
    In-Person or Virtual
    Sondermann Park
    740 West Caramillo Street
    Colorado Springs, CO  80907
    Planting for a Healthy Watershed
    Join CO Native Plant Society Executive Director Maggie Gaddis and Fountain Creek Watershed District Interim Executive Director Alli Schuch at the newly revived Kathleen Marriage Garden at Sondermann Park. We'll talk about the history of the garden, how it was brought back to life, how you can incorporate native plants and help support a healthy watershed. This is an outdoor event at the garden.
    Advance registration required to attend the virtual version of this meeting: 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtduqppjwtG9f1Y2WlqJRbvaQOzwu3hnLf 

    Cob Oven Workshop
    June 11-12, 2022
    Smokebrush Farm
    302 El Paso Blvd.
    Manitou Springs, CO
    For information and registration, call Dylan Roberts: 719-650-5697
     
    Permaculture Design Workshop
    June 24-26, 2022
    Orient Land Trust
    Moffat, CO
    For information and registration: permaculture@olt.org
    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
    Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future
    Pikes Peak Permaculture
    Keep up with all the organizations and events making our area a better place to live. Follow on your favorite podcast app so you don't miss an episode:



     

    • 44 min
    89 Our Water System and Meeting Future Demand Our Water System and Meeting Future Demand

    89 Our Water System and Meeting Future Demand Our Water System and Meeting Future Demand

    How will Colorado Springs meet its water needs for the next 50 years? Our water system is complex and far-reaching – spanning more than 100 miles. Colorado Springs Utilities Senior Conservation Education Specialist Birgit Landin shares what it takes to acquire, treat and deliver water to our community every day. She also explains the challenges we face and Utilities’ roadmap for a cost-effective water supply for the next 50 years.
    Next Sustainability in Progress meeting:
    Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 8 to 9 am
    Virtual only. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIofuCuqDgqHNOYJg6cYzTpKl91s5AnLPoO 
    Conserving Water at Home
    A dry winter, long-term drought, and record low levels in major Colorado River reservoirs have all of us wondering what we can do to minimize our water consumption. Kate Larson of Resource Central shares how the organization is helping communities implement programs to encourage homeowners to conserve water.
     
    LINKS:
    Speaker’s Slides
    https://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Water-System-and-Future-Planning-2022.pdf
    Colorado Springs Utilities Rebates and Showerheads
    https://www.csu.org/Pages/ResidentialRebates.aspx
    Receive Notifications of Future Sustainability in Progress Meetings
    https://tinyurl.com/4h4ujnya.
     Sustainable and Resilient Pikes Peak Region Facebook group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/47914284779
     

    Special thanks to Studio 809 Podcasts Supporter and Community Partner, Springs Homes.


    Thanks also to the MeadowGrass Music Festival. This wonderful outdoor music festival in the Black Forest happens Memorial Day weekend. Tickets and info here: https://meadowgrass.org/
    This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on March 16, 2022. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Join us (free) the third Wednesday of every month.
    The mission of Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future is to promote regional sustainability and advance the Pikes Peak region's sustainability plan (PPR2030) through regional collaboration and outreach. Connect with us at peakalliance.org
    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
    Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future
    Pikes Peak Environmental Forum
    Pikes Peak Permaculture
    Keep up with all the organizations and events making our area a better place to live. Follow on your favorite podcast app so you don't miss an episode:



     

    • 47 min
    City of Colorado Springs Sustainability Efforts

    City of Colorado Springs Sustainability Efforts

    Colorado Springs Sustainability Coordinator Samantha Bailey fills us in on her current efforts, the new SustainableCOS project, and her goals for the future of Colorado Springs. SustainableCOS is a city-wide sustainability action plan.
    LINKS:
    Samantha Bailey's Slide Presentation
    https://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/03152022_SustainableCOS_PASF.pdf
    Colorado Springs Office of Innovation
    https://coloradosprings.gov/office-innovation
     

    Special thanks to Studio 809 Podcasts Supporter and Community Partner, Springs Homes.


    This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on March 16, 2022. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Join us (free) the third Wednesday of every month.
    The mission of Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future is to promote regional sustainability and advance the Pikes Peak region's sustainability plan (PPR2030) through regional collaboration and outreach. Connect with us at peakalliance.org
    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
    Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future
    Pikes Peak Environmental Forum
    Pikes Peak Permaculture
    Keep up with all the organizations and events making our area a better place to live. Follow on your favorite podcast app so you don't miss an episode:



     

    • 26 min
    Convert Your CO2 Emissions into Energy Savings and Pollution Reduction for Families in Need

    Convert Your CO2 Emissions into Energy Savings and Pollution Reduction for Families in Need

    Learn how to calculate the carbon footprint of some of your common activities and convert that it into work that reduces overall carbon emissions. Carbon Cut Colorado is a website and program of Colorado Springs-based Energy Resource Center (ERC). ERC Development Director Mike Mazzola sat down for this conversation with Peak Environment co-producer and co-host Ellen Johnson-Fay, to explain Carbon Cut Colorado, as well as the other programs of ERC.
    The funds donated through Carbon Cut Colorado support the work of ERC – assisting income-qualified families through energy efficiency improvements. Work includes insulation, HVAC, hot water heaters, lighting, appliances, air sealing and more. These efforts save money on energy bills, reduce demand on natural resources by cutting energy waste, assist with the affordable housing crisis, and create a safe environment in which Colorado residents can thrive.
    ERC also makes paid home energy audits and weatherization assistance to available to the general public. Fees from this work help support the assistance provided to families in need. Energy Resource Center serves 27 Colorado counties, with offices in the Pikes Peak Region, Denver Metro, the San Luis Valley and Northern Colorado.
    LINKS:
    Energy Resource Center
    https://www.erc-co.org/
    Carbon Cut Colorado
    https://carboncutco.com/
     

    Special thanks to Studio 809 Podcasts Supporter and Community Partner, Springs Homes.


    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
    Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future
    Pikes Peak Permaculture
    Keep up with all the organizations and events making our area a better place to live. Follow on your favorite podcast app so you don't miss an episode:



     

    • 27 min

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