Friday, September 9, 2016

September Sustainability and Facebook

How do you keep up on current happenings?  Seems most organizations have a Facebook page these days.  Some are better at posting than others, but all indicate how recently and include information "About" the group.  Be sure and "Like" any for which you want ongoing updates.  Here are just a few good, local orgs including us!

Pikes Peak Green Team

Energy Resource Center

Colorado Springs Utilities

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens

Pikes Peak Community Foundation

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 2016

Hello!  Sorry if we've been out of touch for a while, but it's been a great, productive summer.  Hope the same for you. 

Most of our activity these days is documented on our facebook page.  Check that for the most current events, classes, and other Sustainability information. 

We will try to update this blog monthly at least.  Whenever a new local resource, physical or virtual comes to our attention, we'll add it here where you might refer back to it at a later date more easily than through the facebook page.

In the meantime, here are a few other, local facebook pages to like and follow:

Colorado Springs Utilities
Urban Farm and Garden Show
Carbon Footprint Calculator

And here's the page for the Colorado Springs Master Bike Plan.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Event! Garden of Gods Earth Day 2016

Forecast is rainy, but put on your raincoat and galoshes and head out to enjoy just a few of the many activities planned for Garden of the Gods Earth Day 2016, Saturday April 16.

Class! PPUG Growing Warm Season Veggies

Hundreds of gardeners attend these sessions led by local expert Larry Stebbins.  Registration urged but not required.  Large number of local vendors also on hand with regionally appropriate products.

CLASS #4 "How to Grow the Best Warm Season Vegetables...And Get Incredible Yields in Less Space!" Saturday, April 16, 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Event: Sustainnovate at UCCS

It's not too late to attend.  Look at the great line-up they have planned for tomorrow:

Sustainnovate at UCCS

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

2016 Sustainability Season!

Welcome back!  As described in the right column, this is the Pikes Peak Library Green Team blog--your source for regional organizations, resources, events, classes, etc.  While our Facebook page is a constantly updated site with much of the same information, we hope you will find this blog readily searchable if you are trying to track down that previously mentioned organization, website, or local resource.

We started the blog about a year ago, knowing that early spring is the busiest time for many green living groups in the Pikes Peak Region.  Sure enough, it has been a quiet winter, but everyone's gearing up now for a full spring of recurring and new programs and events.  Below are just a few of the events planned around the region for March.  Remember, you can search for just organizations, resources, events and classes by clicking on those label options to the right.


Pikes Peak Urban Gardens CLASS #3 "How to Grow The Best Cool Season Vegetables... All Season Long" SaturdayMarch 19,10 AM - 11:30 a.m.

Colorado Springs Utilities has posted a full list of summer classes on Xeriscaping, landscape design and outstanding plants.  They're free. 

Catamount Institute has posted the Sustainability in Progress speaker series gathering, planned for Wed. March 16 at 6:30 p.m.

And the Pikes Peak Library District is offering the following programs on gardening.

Also, save the dates:  coming up in April:

The Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College, Saturday, April 2, 2016.

Save the Date!  UCCS office of Sustainability, Sustainnovate: Sustainable Mobility Summit, Wednesday, April 13th 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Looking forward to Spring!

Stay tuned for more information about a fun, free upcoming program. The PPLD Green Team and the Healthy Living Committee will host Master Gardener, Valerie Brodar, for a hands-on demonstration of making your very own urban garden! You will learn how to build your own raised garden bed, learn how to recognize good soil, and how to plant seeds. You will leave with some free garden supplies and tons of helpful gardening information.

We will meet at the Green Team Urban Garden at the Penrose Library, located near the lower parking lot on West Pikes Peak Avenue. More details coming soon. Registration is not required, but highly recommended to make sure you get your own supplies at the end!

If you have access to any land, even a small patch in the grassy strip by the street - you can become an urban farmer!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Organization! Pikes Peak Community Foundation and Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future

About Peak Alliance:

Looking to Our Future: Pikes Peak Region 2030 (PPR2030) is a strategic road map for achieving sustainability in the region by 2030. The roadmap was developed by a broad based collaborative effort representing volunteers, professionals and community leaders from nearly 100 organizations. The PPR2030, which was finalized in March 2012, provides a framework by which our local governments, institutions, businesses, and individuals can coordinate, collaborate, and find regional solutions to regional challenges.
The PPR2030 roadmap was initially administered by PPACG under the name of “Pikes Peak Regional Sustainability Project” but is now referred to as “Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future” (Peak Alliance), a component fund of the PPCF. Peak Alliance will build upon the momentum and enthusiasm generated through the 2 + year process that resulted in PPR2030. The mission of Peak Alliance is to promote regional sustainability and advance the PPR2030 through regional collaboration and outreach.

 And here's the Facebook page for Pikes Peak Community Foundation

Happy New Year! Sustainability in February

Happy 2016.  We took January off, but there are some nice things coming up, and it's going to get more exciting as spring approaches.  Here are a couple events this month:

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens is continuing a series:
CLASS #2 "All You Need to Know to Start Your Vegetable Garden": Garden Planning and Design, Preparing Soil and Site, Seed Starting, Container Gardening and More"
Saturday, February 20, 2016:
10 AM - 11:30 Am (doors open at 9:15 AM, please come early to visit all our local garden vendors and so we can get everyone in the door before the class starts at 10 AM)
Cost: $10 per person (pay at the door)
Designed to instruct the gardener on what needs to be done in the next 30 days to have a successful garden come planting time. Topics will include details on Larry's favorite varieties that grow well in this region, affordable season extending and hail protection structures that you can build now, seed starting in details, small space gardening, keyhole garden beds, planting perennial veggies and fruits like rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries. Learn Larry's secrets to have an abundant strawberry crop year after year and more.

Sustainability in Progress
February 17 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 amEach month the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future hosts a morning speaker series Sustainability in Progress, also known as SIP. The Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future promotes regional sustainability and advances the PPR2030 through regional collaboration and outreach.

And for the most current updates, be sure and follow our Facebook page.