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Peak Environment

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

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94 Arts and Culture in the Pikes Peak Region
In observance of arts month, get arts and culture updates from Andy Vick, executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region; and Natalie Johnson, executive director of the Manitou Art Center. Andy shares about the community’s new cultural plan, Arts Vision 2030, and some of the work it has already inspired. Natalie shares about some of the specific programs and initiatives that the Manitou Art Center has undertaken to support sustainability efforts.  LINKS: Andy Vick’s Slideshttps://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/SIP-PowerPoint-10-19-22.pdf Natalie Johnson’s Slides Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Regionhttps://www.culturaloffice.org Arts Vision 2030https://www.culturaloffice.org/artsvision2030/ Manitou Art Centerhttps://www.manitouartcenter.org/ Military Arts Connectionhttps://militaryartsconnection.org/   November’s Sustainability in Progress Climate Change in Colorado with Becky Bolinger, Ph.D. (she/her), Assistant State Climatologist, Colorado Climate Center, CSU Dept. Atmospheric Science Wednesday, November 16, from 12:00 - 1:00 PMThis is a virtual event. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtcOmrrDwpGNMQetZ55X-sXH8rPpPF6BLv Featured Community Events Green Drinks RebootA monthly casual networking event where sustainably-minded people meet over drinks.  Thursday, October 27 from 6:00 - 8:00 pmIvywild School, Bristol Brewing CompanyInfo and RSVP: https://fb.me/e/ePzF22UL9 Seeking Board Members Do you have a passion for sustainability? Do you want to promote sustainability efforts happening in the region?  Do you have about five hours per month to dedicate to this cause? Do you have or are willing to develop skills in: Marketing  Fundraising Communication  Financial Management  Event Management Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future is a 501c3 non-profit organization that strives to promote sustainability in the Pikes Peak region and to advance the regional sustainability plan called Looking to Our Future: Pikes Peak Region 2030. You can read the plan here: http://peakalliance.org/uploads/pdf/Final%20PPR%202030%20Plan.pdf Contact Mary Barber This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on October 19, 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 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:  
48:19 10/24/2022
93 Colorado Water Plan 2023
An update on the Colorado Water Plan from Jeff Rodriguez, Regional Water Coordination Specialist with the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The 2023 Water Plan, to be finalized in January, builds on a legacy of integrated statewide planning for water in Colorado. This updated plan continues to focus on collaboration between the state and the water community on-the-ground. To help Coloradans take action, the plan incorporates state-of-the-art tools and data focusing on four major interconnected action areas: Vibrant Communities, Robust Agriculture, Thriving Watersheds, and Resilient Planning.   LINKS:  Presenter’s Slideshttps://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Water_plan_rodriguez.pdf  To read the draft plan or share a water story, visit https://engagecwcb.org/ This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on September 21, 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. Next program: Arts and Culture in the Pikes Peak RegionOctober 19, 2022 12:00 Noon Mountain TimeRegister in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcodO-oqTstHNHEUOk5WCIzqNmAjx2gz030  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. 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:  
42:36 10/06/2022
92 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:
46:06 08/03/2022
91 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:  
32:35 06/28/2022
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 Slideshttps://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Resource-Central-SIP-5.18.2022_v2.pdf  Resource Centralhttps://resourcecentral.org/  City of Fountain Conservation & Sustainabilityhttps://fountainco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=8af6d3c2308b4909a1820b4337bb38b5  Source of information and inspiration - property owners can share water conservation tips and experiencehttps://waterwiseyards.org/ Three Videos Shown by Kate:  Lafayette Waterwise Yard Transformationhttps://youtu.be/UVyV-I5O5mg Bee Friendly Yard Beautifies the Neighborhoodhttps://youtu.be/bxMfWP9m2gI Lawn Replacement Program: How It Workshttps://youtu.be/dQtzodxoOUI  Resource Central YouTube Channelhttps://www.youtube.com/user/ReSourceConservation Sustainable and Resilient Pikes Peak Region - Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/srppr  Receive Notifications of Future Sustainability in Progress Meetingshttps://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 ProgressJune 15, 20228 to 9 amIn-Person or VirtualSondermann Park740 West Caramillo StreetColorado 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 WorkshopJune 11-12, 2022Smokebrush Farm302 El Paso Blvd.Manitou Springs, CO For information and registration, call Dylan Roberts: 719-650-5697   Permaculture Design WorkshopJune 24-26, 2022Orient Land TrustMoffat, 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:  
44:44 05/31/2022
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 amVirtual only. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIofuCuqDgqHNOYJg6cYzTpKl91s5AnLPoO  Conserving Water at HomeA 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 Meetingshttps://tinyurl.com/4h4ujnya.  Sustainable and Resilient Pikes Peak Region Facebook grouphttps://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:  
47:08 05/15/2022
88 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:  
26:18 04/09/2022
87 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:  
27:28 02/21/2022
86 Pups and Packs: Protecting Wolves in 2022
Get the state of the science and public policy related to wolves in the U.S. today. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) hosted this virtual conversation in a January 25 webinar. See the video replay here, or listen to this podcast replay. Learn about the history of gray wolf persecution and recovery, PEER’s unique approach using the Pittman-Robertson Act, hear from a notable scientist about the state of the science about liberalizing wolf-killing, and explore an indigenous perspective for a new vision for wolves based on an ancient relationship. The webinar included Q&A from participants and a call to action for participants to protect wolves in 2022 and beyond.  Featured Speakers: Adrian Treves PhD Professor and Founder of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab  Adrian conducts independent research and advocates for future generations of all life, for scientific integrity, and for sovereign publics worldwide. He studies and speaks about the public trust doctrine and intergenerational equity around the world. Adrian earned his PhD at Harvard University in 1997 and is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and director of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab since 2007. For the past 27 years, his research focuses on ecology, law, and human dimensions of ecosystems in which crop and livestock ownership overlaps the habitat of large carnivores from coyotes up to grizzly bears.  Peter David Wildlife Biologist  Peter David a wildlife biologist with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, where he assists GLIFWC’s member tribes in the implementation of their off-reservation, treaty-reserved rights. He received his education (bachelors and master’s in wildlife ecology) from UW-Madison, and from the tribal elders and members for whom he has worked for the last 35 years. At the Commission, he has had the opportunity to work with a variety of natural resources – or “more than human beings” in the Ojibwe world view - ranging from wild rice to wolves.  Dave Parsons  Dave Parsons received his Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University and his Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from Oregon State University. Dave is retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where from 1990-1999 he led the USFWS’s effort to reintroduce the endangered Mexican gray wolf to portions of its former range in the Southwest.  Chandra Rosenthal Attorney, Rocky Mountain PEER Director  A Colorado native, Chandra heads up the office as Rocky Mountain PEER Counsel. Chandra, formerly staff attorney with Defenders of Wildlife specializing in endangered species and public lands issues, has also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and, under a legal fellowship, worked on a Superfund site with the Department of Energy. Chandra earned her law degree in 1993 at the Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law, where she focused her studies on environmental law.  Moderator  Hudson Kingston Policy and Litigation Attorney at PEER  Hudson, a born and raised Minnesotan, helps public employees hold governments to account for environmental harm in the Midwest and across the country. He comes to PEER after working with public health, consumer protection, and environmental organizations in both Washington DC and the Midwest. Over the course of his career, he has worked on litigation and policy related to climate change, addressing the water pollution impacts of mining, pesticide regulation, the environmental and health impacts of e-cigarettes, and environmental injustices perpetuated by the administrative state. It has been his honor to partner in this work with tribes, local nonprofits, low-income advocates, coalitions of environmental and social justice groups, and local/state/territorial/federal public employees. Hudson received his law degree from the University of Iowa School of Law, and two Masters of Laws degrees in human rights and international law from New York University and the National University of Singapore. He received his bachelor’s degree in French and English Literature from Carleton College, in Minnesota. Call to Action Participants are encouraged to call Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland at (202) 208-3100 and encourage her to: (1) Use Pittman-Robertson funds as a lever to compel states to protect native predators and (2) Issue an immediate emergency listing of the Grey Wolf as an endangered species. Links: A Review of the Effects of Liberalizing the Killing of Wolves(Pre-print of the peer-reviewed publication) http://faculty.nelson.wisc.edu/treves/publications.php  Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission https://glifwc.org/ Video Replay of this Webinar https://peer.org/webinar-pups-and-packs-saving-wolves-in-2022/ Speakers’ Slides https://peermd.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/all-staff/Ebi7scQF_OBGhX0TIxworGQB5xA7569EzDhDBdXse7-URw?e=uUBOg3 Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility https://peer.org/   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:  
55:51 01/29/2022
85 Arts Vision 2030
An introduction to Arts Vision 2030, the new cultural plan to support arts and culture in the Pikes Peak Region. It was developed by, of, and for the community, under the stewardship of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, and a diverse steering committee of 24 local creative leaders. COPPeR Executive Director Andy Vick introduces the plan, and he shares how it was created and how we can all be a part of its implementation. LINKS: Speaker’s Slide Presentation http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Arts-Vision-2030-10-Minute-Presentation.pdf Arts Vision 2030 Document https://culturaloffice.org/artsvision2030   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 November 17, 2021. 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:  
33:04 01/03/2022
84 Car-Free Transportation in the Pikes Peak Region
Learn about opportunities to lower your carbon footprint by getting around town without a car. Electric scooters, all-electric buses and trains are among the topics. SPEAKERS: Jeff Hoover - Veo Brian Vitulli - Planning Supervisor, City of Colorado Springs Public Works, Transit Services Division (Mountain Metropolitan Transit)   LINKS: Veo https://www.veoride.com/colorado-springs/ Mountain Metro https://coloradosprings.gov/mountain-metro How to Ride (Mountain Metro bus services) https://coloradosprings.gov/mountain-metro/page/how-ride?mlid=8456 Metro Rides – Alternative Commuting https://coloradosprings.gov/mountain-metro/page/metro-rides-alternative-commuting?mlid=8506 Bustang Intercity Bus Service https://ridebustang.com/   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 October 20, 2021. 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:  
46:15 12/07/2021
83 Environmental Design Projects: Integrating Social, Financial, and Legal Systems
What should be considered in designing projects to address environmental issues, and how can we best integrate these? In designing projects to address environmental issues, we often underestimate the influence of social, financial and legal systems. Konrad Schlarbaum explores these systems using a permaculture framework and a real-world example. Konrad is Sustainability Coordinator at Pikes Peak Community College. LINKS: Presenter’s Slides http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Integrating-Social-Legal-Financial-.pdf Office of Sustainability, Pikes Peak Community College https://www.ppcc.edu/sustain Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ This program was recorded at the October 22, 2021 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. The Forum is now taking a break. Learn about future plans or luncheons at our Facebook page, or contact us to be put on the email list for updates as we evaluate our future. Environmental Forum Sponsors: Art of Engineering Black Hills Energy Miriam's Place Becky the Gardener Environmental Compliance Systems Old Town Bike Shop 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 Special thanks to Studio 809 Podcasts Supporter and Community Partner, Springs Homes. 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:  
61:27 11/16/2021
82 Profiting from the Peak
How and why has Colorado Springs grown to be the second largest city in Colorado, and what are the environmental implications of this? John Harner, author of the new book, Profiting from the Peak, shares highlights from the book. Harner is a professor of Geography at UCCS. LINKS: Speaker’s Slides http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/harner_podcast.pdf Profiting from the Peak: Landscape and Liberty in Colorado Springs – by John Harner https://upcolorado.com/university-press-of-colorado/item/4028-profiting-from-the-peak Video – John Harner presentation at UrbanCOS Series in 2020 https://youtu.be/GN9oQU35S-U Lost & Preserved in Colorado SpringsEpisode of Colorado Experience series by Rocky Mountain PBS https://youtu.be/q09ALRrY6Dw This program was an encore presentation of the September 24, 2021 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. The Forum is taking a break  following its October, 2021 meeting. Learn about future plans or luncheons at our Facebook page, or contact us to be put on the email list for updates as we evaluate our future. Environmental Forum Sponsors: Art of Engineering Black Hills Energy Miriam's Place Becky the Gardener Environmental Compliance Systems Old Town Bike Shop 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 Special thanks to Studio 809 Podcasts Supporter and Community Partner, Springs Homes. 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:  
49:35 10/23/2021
81 Creek Week 2021 and the Watershed
Creek Week events give you an opportunity to take care of our local water resource. It’s the largest watershed clean-up in the state of Colorado. Fountain Creek Watershed Outreach Coordinator Alli Schuch shares the exciting events offered during Creek Week, September 25 – October 3, 2021. Also get an update on the projects of the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District – from Executive Director Bill Banks. LINKS: Slides from Bill Banks Presentation http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Speakers-Bureau-updated-2021-Sept-15.pdf Slides from Alli Schuch Presentation http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Sept-2021-SIP-Presentation.pdf Creek Week Events and Registration http://www.fountain-crk.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Creek-Week-2021-Public-Events-FINAL-1.pdf Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District https://www.fountain-crk.org/ Creek Week 2021 Commercialhttps://youtu.be/9-ZwiUlpwrA Stella fixes a leaky flapper! – YouTube Video https://youtu.be/diJ3xuZJTXk   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 September 14, 2021. 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:  
43:46 09/22/2021
80 Quality of Life Indicators – Local Government Council Report
How do our local city and county governments compare to other communities in Colorado and the nation? How does this affect our quality of life? Get an advance look at the Local Government section of the Pikes Peak United Way Quality of Life Indicators Report, Peak Progress. Andy Gunning, Executive Director of Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, and Deb Hamilton, Strategic Services Librarian of the Pikes Peak Library District, share some of the data collected by the Local Government council for the Quality of Life Indicators report. LINKS: Presenters’ Slides http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Data-Presentation-Local-Government-No-data.pdf PEAK PROGRESS Quality of Life Indicators https://www.ppunitedway.org/peakprogressqli/ Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future https://www.peakalliance.org This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on August 18, 2021. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Join us (free) the third Wednesday of every month.  September's SIP will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 8 am. RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsceiupzwrGd1TJP7WZZfFaDdW1fdUfWGs   Special thanks to Studio 809 Podcasts Supporter and Community Partner, Springs Homes. 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 & Sustainability 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:  
36:46 09/08/2021
79 Quality of Life Indicators: Demographics
The Demographics council of the Peak Progress Quality of Life Indicators Report share the contributions they’re making to the next version of the report. They’re providing tools to make it easier to understand who lives in our region and how that is changing over time. Data can be overwhelming but it can tell us a lot about the place that we live. The 2030 Sustainability plan was heavily informed by the past QLI reports. The next several Sustainability in Progress meetings will feature reports on different sections of the QLI report. Speakers: Introduction by Audrey Carlson, QLI Coordinator at Pikes Peak United Way Rebecca Theobald - UCCS Department of Geography and Environmental Studies Matthew Gottfried - UCCS Geospatial Technologies Specialist Matt Cooney - Colorado College GIS Technical Director LINKS: Peak Progress: Quality of Life Indicators (includes the video played in this session) https://www.ppunitedway.org/peakprogressqli/ 2007 Report https://www.ppunitedway.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2007-QLI-Report.pdf 2010 Report https://www.ppunitedway.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2010-QLI-Report.pdf 2011 Report https://www.ppunitedway.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2011-QLI-Report.pdf 2013 Report https://www.ppunitedway.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2013-QLI-Report.pdf 2016/2017 Report https://www.ppunitedway.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/QLI-FULL-REPORT_web.pdf UCCS Geocivics website on redistricting https://geocivics.uccs.edu/ Representable – free, open-source tool for creating maps of communities of interest https://www.representable.org/ League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region (good source of redistricting info) https://www.lwvppr.org/ The 15 Most Transient American Citieshttps://roanoke.com/lifestyles/the-15-most-transient-american-cities/article_90f3788d-157b-5660-9257-4d6ea44424ee.html This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on July 21, 2021. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Join us (free) the third Wednesday of every month.  August's SIP will be held on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 8 am. 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 http://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 & Sustainability 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:  
39:59 08/09/2021
78 New El Paso County Master Plan
Get a tour of the new El Paso County Master Plan recently adopted by the county commissioners. Mark Gebhart, Deputy Director of Planning and Community Development for the county, provided this overview at the June 16, 2021 Sustainability in Progress meeting. LINKS: Your El Paso Master Plan – project website El Paso County Planning and Development   This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on June 16, 2021. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Join us (free) the third Wednesday of every month.  August's SIP will be held on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 8 am.   Special thanks to Studio 809 Supporter and Community Partner, Springs Homes. 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 & Sustainability 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:  
53:53 07/02/2021
77 Environmental Education in Colorado
How do we ensure all Colorado children are engaged in outdoor learning experiences? Appreciation for nature, the great outdoors, conservation and sound environmental stewardship don’t just happen. They are the result of positive experiences and good information and education. In this episode, we hear from two environmental education leaders who are providing these experiences and education for the children of Colorado. Environmental education across the state of Colorado and getting kids learning outside can support our sustainability goals. Katie Navin, executive director of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, shares information about updating the Colorado Environmental Education Plan, as well as two important pieces of legislation. Christopher Aaby, executive director of Catamount Institute, fills us in on the excellent youth education programs provided by the Catamount Institute as well as a few other programs. LINKS: Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education Catamount Institute Organizations Offering Educational Programming Colorado Environmental Education Plan - draft Executive Summary Carbon Cut Colorado – Offset your carbon emissions by providing energy-efficiency ugrades to income-qualified families, thanks to Energy Resource Center   This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on May 19, 2021. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Join us (free) the third Wednesday of every month.  July's SIP will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 8 am.   Special thanks to Studio 809 Supporter and Community Partner, Springs Homes. https://www.springshomes.com 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 & Sustainability 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:  
41:10 06/22/2021
76 Backyard Gardens and Local Food
Why do we need to grow more of our own food? According to local garden expert Larry Stebbins, Colorado Springs is behind many other cities in local food sufficiency. He explains why urban gardening plays a critical role in our resilience and food supply in the face of a growing population and shrinking farmland. He also shares some of the opportunities in the local area for embracing urban farming. This includes the Backyard Garden Project – launched this year – which helps local food-insecure families start their own raised-bed gardens. Michael Rigny fills us in on a survey and mapping project he and Larry are conducting to help track progress on some of the stretch goals of the 2030 Sustainability Plan – increased regional farming and more people growing their own food. Ruthie Markwardt of Flying Pig Farm and Colorado Farm and Art Market updates us on current status and plans for the markets. LINKS: Slides accompanying Ruthie's CFAM update http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/CFAM-Slides.pdf The Garden Father (Larry Stebbins’ website) https://thegardenfather.com/ Backyard Garden Project info https://thegardenfather.com/garden-blog/f/backyard-garden-project-you-can-help Colorado Farm and Art Market https://farmandartmarket.com/ This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on April 21, 2021. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Join us (free) the third Wednesday of every month.  May's SIP will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 8 am.   Special thanks to Studio 809 Supporter and Community Partner, Springs Homes. https://www.springshomes.com 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 & Sustainability Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future Pikes Peak Environmental Forum 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:  
50:07 05/06/2021
75 Creating a Community Built Park: You Can Do It!
An ambitious new project near downtown is cleaning up an old construction materials dump and turning it into an amazing community treasure. A lot of creativity is going into this site, including letting nature do what real estate developments typically pour concrete to do (manage stormwater). If you see mosaics on light poles, concrete benches inlaid with tiles, murals and other street art around Colorado Springs, there’s a good chance this is the work of Concrete Couch. This nonprofit works with kids and community groups to create public art, build community, and create environments and experiences that humanize our world. Executive Director Steve Wood and Community Coordinator Christine Flores share the story of creating an interactive, creativity-inspiring, community wonderland they call Concrete Coyote – complete with bike trails, a natural playground, gardens, and a stone climbing wall. Their model to develop a community-designed-and-built park requiring zero public funds and marshaling hundreds of volunteers can be used for different types of projects! Community, recycled materials, shared skills, and creative fundraising go a long way. Learn how the work gets done! This program was recorded at the March 26, 2021 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. The next Pikes Peak Environmental Forum takes place April 23. Samantha Bailey and Josh Handley of the Colorado Springs Office of Innovation will update us on: Our Journey to Establishing a Smart & Sustainable Future. This event will not be available later as a podcast, so be sure to RSVP here and plan to attend this free virtual event: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PeSISEqORCa-JpjohXMVRQ 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 Special thanks to Studio 809 Supporter and Community Partner, Springs Homes. https://www.springshomes.com LINKS: PowerPoint Presentation http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Welcome_to_Concrete_Coyote.pdf Non-Profit Rehabilitates Dump Site into Community Wonderland (video shared in this presentation) https://www.rmpbs.org/blogs/rocky-mountain-pbs/nonprofit-rehabilitates-illegal-dump-site-into-community-wonderland/ Concrete Couch http://www.concretecouch.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 & Sustainability Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future Pikes Peak Environmental Forum 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. Follow on your favorite podcast app so you don't miss an episode:  
48:09 04/21/2021
74 Going Solar Made Easy – Solar United Neighbors
A new non-profit co-op is working in Colorado to help people go solar, simplifying the process and reducing costs. Bryce Carter, Colorado Program Director for Solar United Neighbors (SUN) shares details about how it works. The co-op launched in Colorado Springs at the end of March, 2021. This event was co-hosted by Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future and Southeastern Colorado Renewable Energy Society. LINKS Speaker’s PowerPoint Slides http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Colorado-Springs-Solar-Information-Session-Presentation.pdf Solar United Neighbors in Colorado Springs https://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/coloradosprings Colorado Springs Utilities – how to buy into green power https://www.csu.org/documents/greenpowerfaq.pdf Southeastern Colorado Renewable Energy Society https://www.cres-energy.org/southeastern-colorado-secres.html   This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on March 17, 2021. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Join us (free) the third Wednesday of every month.  April's SIP will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2021 at 8 am. The program will be about Backyard Gardens and Local Food. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUscuquqjsrHdSAnMRDqjRh928S7aK3jDhf 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 & Sustainability Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future Pikes Peak Environmental Forum 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:  
42:16 04/16/2021
73 Jack's Solar Garden
Boulder County told Byron Kominek you cannot put solar panels on agricultural land; it violates zoning. But Byron persisted. Agrivoltaics are a global phenomenon in which solar panels and agriculture share land. The county eventually amended its code. Today there are about 3,000 panels on Jack’s Solar Garden, which Bryon created. In addition to helping small farms turn a profit, the panels provide benefits to the crops, and the crops actually provide benefits to the panels. What might those benefits be? Listen to this episode to learn all the details about Byron’s journey and what he has learned. Byron is in the process of launching the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center, the largest agrivoltaic research site in the U.S. This program was recorded at the February 26, 2021 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. The next Pikes Peak Environmental Forum takes place April 23. Samantha Bailey and Josh Handley of the Colorado Springs Office of Innovation will update us on: Our Journey to Establishing a Smart & Sustainable Future. This event will not be available later as a podcast, so be sure to RSVP here and plan to attend this free virtual event: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PeSISEqORCa-JpjohXMVRQ 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 LINKS: Speaker's Slide Presentation http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Jacks-Solar-Garden-Presentation_26Feb2021.pdf Jack’s Solar Garden http://www.jackssolargarden.com Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center https://www.coagrivoltaic.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 & Sustainability Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future Pikes Peak Environmental Forum 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. Follow on your favorite podcast app so you don't miss an episode:  
50:36 04/07/2021
72 Why the Climate Crisis is a Concern for Conservatives
There are plenty of good reasons for political conservatives to be concerned about the climate crisis. We explore them in this conversation with three gentlemen from the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, or CCL: Steven Moses, a physicist Don Parcher, a retired Navy pilot Nate Hochman, a Colorado College senior and Conservative Outreach Fellow at CCL Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) is a nonpartisan group that's focused on a carbon fee and dividend, which would put a price on carbon at the source, and the proceeds of the carbon fee would be distributed back to households in the form of a dividend.  This proposal has garnered a lot of attention recently, and was introduced in Congress as the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (https://energyinnovationact.org/). Links: Citizens’ Climate Lobby https://citizensclimatelobby.org/ CCL Colorado Springs Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/ColoradoSpringsCCL 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 Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future Pikes Peak Environmental Forum 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. Follow on your favorite podcast app so you don't miss an episode:  
33:41 03/30/2021
71 A New Era for the Bureau of Land Management?
What steps can the Biden administration take to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Bureau of Land Management to better address its conservation and climate change goals? This question was addressed in a lively online discussion hosted by PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility). Panelists discussed the results of a recent employee survey, trends in land management planning, problems in BLM’s management culture, and questions from the webinar participants. This discussion was held on February 24, 2021. Panelists included: Moderator: Rebecca Leber of Mother Jones Chandra Rosenthal, Director of Rocky Mountain PEER Laurel Williams, Officer for U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation at the Pew Charitable Trusts Richard Spotts, former Planning and Environmental Coordinator at the BLM Arizona Strip District Office Mary Jo Rugwell, former BLM State Director for Wyoming. LINKS: Presenter Slides http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/BLM-A-New-Era-PPT-2-25-21_slides-FINALwPew.pdf Presenter Slides From This Event http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/BLM-A-New-Era-PPT-2-25-21_slides-FINALwPew.pdf Video of this Webinar https://www.peer.org/webinar-new-era-bureau-of-land-management/ 2021 Bureau of Land Management Employee Survey Report https://www.peer.org/report-2021-bureau-of-land-management-employee-survey/ Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) https://www.peer.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 & Sustainability Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future Pikes Peak Environmental Forum 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:  
55:55 03/13/2021
70 CO Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap
Will Toor, Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office, provides a summary of State/CEO projects, activities, and initiatives, and shares the Colorado Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Pollution Reduction Roadmap.  This event was co-hosted by Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future, Southeastern Colorado Renewable Energy Society, Green Cities Coalition, and the Energy Resource Center. LINKS Speaker’s PowerPoint Slides http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Toor.GHG-Roadmap.pdf Resource Guide https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/786dca153b1f4275946530d56ccdced4 Energy Code Adoption Toolkit https://energyoffice.colorado.gov/climate-energy/energy-policy/building-energy-codes/energy-code-adoption-toolkit Contact local government coordinator Christine Berg with Questions christine.berg@state.co.us Southeastern Colorado Renewable Energy Society https://www.cres-energy.org/southeastern-colorado-secres.html Green Cities Coalition https://www.facebook.com/groups/gccppr Energy Resource Center https://www.erc-co.org/ This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on February 17, 2021. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Join us (free) the third Wednesday of every month.  March's SIP will be held on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8 am. The SIP speaker will be, Bryce Carter, Colorado Program Director for Solar United Neighbors. Solar United Neighbors (SUN) is a nonprofit helping people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights. SUN is launching across Colorado including a Colorado Springs Co-op at the end of the month. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpdO-hpjgpH9QPoNV4GdhpfA_87bCNvB_o While Solar United Neighbors in Colorado Springs doesn't launch until later this month, YOU get an early peek. 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 & Sustainability Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future Pikes Peak Environmental Forum 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:  
73:45 03/11/2021
69 Drake is Closing - Now What?
What can you do to create a sustainable, just, and carbon-free city? Hear what’s next in the closure of the fossil-fuel powered Martin Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs, and learn about three local campaigns on which you can take action. This is audio from a live webinar held on February 19, 2021 – organized by a group of Colorado College students. It was described as speed-dating for climate action. This event includes a brief update on Drake from David Padgett, General Manager of Environmental Services at Colorado Springs Utilities. Campaigns Discussed: Gas-Free BuildingsJenny Wilford, Clean Energy Advocate, Sierra Club Zoning OrdinancesMax Kronstadt, Co-Founder of The COS Pro-Housing Partnership Protecting Public LandsPublic Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) Chandra Rosenthal, Rocky Mountain Office Director and Kevin Bell, Staff Counsel   PDF of Event Slides http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Drake-panel.pdf Thanks to CC Student and Sierra Club Student Campaign Organizer Filip Carnogusky for playing a lead organizing role, and to the following: Organizing Groups: Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal (Carbon) Campaign https://coal.sierraclub.org/campaign  350 Colorado Springshttps://350colorado.org  Co-Sponsors: Sierra Club https://coloradosierraclub.org The Colorado Springs Pro-Housing Partnership (PHP) https://coloradospringsprohousingpartnership.com Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)https://www.peer.org  Southeastern Colorado Renewable Energy Society (SECRES)https://www.cres-energy.org/southeastern-colorado-secres.html  Sunrise (Colorado Springs chapter) https://www.sunrisemovement.org/?ms=SunriseMovement Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future (PASF) http://www.peakalliance.org Pikes Peak Environmental Forum https://www.facebook.com/PikesPeakEnvironmentalForum/  Pikes Peak Permaculturehttps://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org  Chinook Centerhttps://www.chinookcenter.org  Studio 809 Podcasts http://studio809podcasts.com Shout Out to: Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability at UCCS https://seas.uccs.edu  Food to Power https://foodtopowerco.org/  Conscious Living Shop https://www.consciouslivingshop.com Eclectic COhttps://shopeclecticco.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 Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future Pikes Peak Environmental Forum 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:  
62:52 03/01/2021
68 Northern Water’s Regional Water Efficiency Program
What are 33 Colorado cities doing to conserve water? Frank Kinder, Water Efficiency Program Manager for Northern Water, updates us on the conservation work of this regional water provider. LINKS: Frank Kinder’s slide presentation http://studio809radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/2021-Presentation-FK-PPENV.pdf The Colorado-Big Thompson Project - video shown during presentation https://youtu.be/wQkMdlvCgP0 2020 in Review: Water Efficiency Programs – video shown at end of presentation https://youtu.be/p8zNT2aPrAU This program was recorded at the January 22, 2021 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. 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 Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future Pikes Peak Environmental Forum 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:  
62:55 02/06/2021
67 Colorado College Students Take Local Action
Colorado College students demonstrate just how engaged and activated their generation can be. Filip Carnogursky and Liam Reynolds share two initiatives they started because they saw a need and weren’t going to wait around for someone else to do it. They’re doing something about addressing climate change and addressing unaffordable housing and unsustainable urban development. Learn all about Climate Action and the Colorado Springs Pro-Housing Partnership. Filip, a Sierra Club intern, and the fellow students he assembled have organized the 2021 Climate Justice Action Panel, which takes place on February 18. View Filip's slides here. This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on January 20, 2021. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Join us (free) the third Wednesday of every month. Register here for the February 17 Sustainability in Progress. 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 & Sustainability Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future Pikes Peak Environmental Forum 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:  
38:45 01/29/2021
66 Sustainable Holiday
The holidays are coming and that means shopping, gifts, and food. Do you approach the holidays mindful of the environmental impact of all these activities? This episode explores sustainable options for this holiday season. Konrad Schlarbaum, sustainability coordinator for Pikes Peak Community College shares low-impact holiday gift-giving practices, and fills us in on the virtual PPCC Green Holiday Fair. Lorrie Myers, of Who Gives a SCRAP, updates us on the shop’s just completed move to larger quarters at 810 Arcturus Drive, which expands the shop’s offerings. Who Gives a SCRAP is a donation based scrap store that carries arts, craft and hobbies supplies in addition to unique vintage finds. The store was founded on the belief that the reuse of goods and materials is the most efficient, environmentally friendly and economically viable way to reduce the waste stream. In its five years of existence, Who Gives a Scrap has diverted over 213 tons of clean, reusable materials from ending up in the landfill. LINKS: Konrad’s Slide Presentation PPCC Green Holiday Fair (virtual) On Instagram On Facebook Who Gives a Scrap On Facebook On Instagram This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on November 18, 2020. 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 & Sustainability Green Cities Coalition Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future Pikes Peak Environmental Forum 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:  
41:02 11/30/2020
65 Does This Flight Make My Footprint Look Big?
Flying, driving, bus, train, bicycle, on foot, even staycations. What do we need to know to make responsible decisions about the way we move about? Dave Gardner, host of the GrowthBusters podcast about sustainable living, shares data and tools to guide us.   LINKS: Presentation Slides GrowthBusters – Free Black Friday Screening (view 11/26/20 to 11/29/20) 1.5 Degree Lifestyles report The Four Lifestyle Choices that Most Reduce Your Carbon Footprint (Lund University Study ranking carbon reduction actions) Vacation Traveler Carbon Guide – Quick Reference Chart and the stuy behind it (Union of Concerned Scientists) Getting There Greener – full report behind the above vacation guide Skyscanner greener flight booking site UCS web tool for EV efficiency in your area Carbon Offset Info and Programs American Idling: The Ecological Cost of Keeping the Engine Running Climate Perks The future of conference: Will events remain virtual after lockdowns? This program was recorded at the October 23, 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. 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   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:  
55:13 11/16/2020