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Peak Environment

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

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121: Native Yards for Native Pollinators
Discover practical ways to reconnect your home landscape with nature. Learn how to provide food, water, and shelter to support pollinator habitats in your yard. David Woolley, Science Educator and Founder of the Manitou Seed Library shares fascinating information about the many pollinators and their favorite plant varieties. LINKS: Presenter’s Slide Presentation https://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/Native-Places-15-May-2024.pdf Manitou Springs Seed Library https://www.facebook.com/ManitouSeedLibrary To email David Woolley manitouseedlibrary@gmail.com This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress  (SIP) virtual event on May 15, 2024. 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 next event is: July 17, 2024 12 Noon Topic TBARegister here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudu2sqTsuGNUTy-ZKggy_yzQumYhEf2Gq Thanks to these Peak Environment sponsors: Pikes Peak Permaculture Visit https://pikespeakpermaculture.org for opportunities to learn more about sustainable organic living through permaculture – workshops, classes, field trips, and networking. Old Town Bike Shop - your local bike shop since 1976 https://www.oldtownbikeshop.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 https://peakallianceco.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 https://peakallianceco.org/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:  
46:45 6/6/24
120: Water Conservation: Where We’re At and How to Be Part of the Change
Learn about water resource limitations and challenges for Colorado and Colorado Springs. Scott Winter, project manager in Water Resources and Demand Management for Colorado Springs Utilities, shares work being done to ensure our community is as efficient and as resilient as possible. He also reviews how and what you can do to participate in the efficient use of water both inside and outside of your home. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:  Presenter’s Slideshttps://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/04172024-Peak-Alliance-for-Sustainable-Future.pdf  Water Conservation & Efficiency Resources – Colorado Springs Utilitieshttps://www.csu.org/Pages/WaterConservationEfficiency.aspx   Coffee and Conservation – First Saturday of each month May – October, 8 to noon at CSU Conservation Centerhttps://allevents.in/colorado%20springs/200026400462050 This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress  (SIP) virtual event on April 17, 2024. 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 next event is: Native Plants for Native PollinatorsDavid Woolley, Science Educator and Founder of the Manitou Seed Library May 15, 12 NoonRegister here:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kceuurzouHtOY5fWIjVpK3O3DOkU8Nlt2 Thanks to these Peak Environment sponsors: Pikes Peak Permaculture Visit https://pikespeakpermaculture.org for opportunities to learn more about sustainable organic living through permaculture – workshops, classes, field trips, and networking. Old Town Bike Shop - your local bike shop since 1976 https://www.oldtownbikeshop.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 https://peakallianceco.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 https://peakallianceco.org/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
45:50 5/1/24
119: Overcoming Obstacles to Recycling
Learn about a great resource in the Pikes Peak Region to help you recycle many items you can’t just toss into curbside recycling. This conversation also explores some opportunities for how we might improve Colorado Springs poor recycling performance – we divert only 15% of our waste from the landfill into recycling. Loveland diverts 60%, Boulder 51%. Mike Mazzola shares why he founded Galvanize Recycling and how this young business can solve many of our recycling challenge – whether you’re a family, a business, a neighborhood group or a city. We also learn about a great opportunity for businesses to sponsor local recycling events. Frequent Peak Environment hosts Ally Richardson and Dave Gardner shepherd the discussion.  MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Galvanize Recycling http://galvanizerecycling.com/ Request A Pickup with Galvanize Recycling - Order Formhttps://www.galvanizerecycling.com/pickup/ Front Range Waste Diversion https://www.coloradofrwd.org/ Join the movement! CONO's 1000 Neighborhood Events Initiative https://coloradosprings.gov/1000Gatherings El Paso County Hazardous Waste Facilityhttps://communityservices.elpasoco.com/household-hazardous-waste/ El Paso County Recycling Directory 2024https://epc-assets.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/Recycling-Directory-2024.pdf   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 https://peakallianceco.org/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
55:38 4/23/24
118: Transition Towns - Community, Resilience, Independence, and Permaculture
The Transition Town grassroots movement is a way you can impact your own neighborhood. Learn more about this as Peak Environment co-host Ally Richardson explores Transition Towns with Becky Elder and Brian Fritz from Pikes Peak Permaculture. If you would like to find out more about public forums, lectures, and community green movies, or if you would like to host such an event, please send Pikes Peak Permaculture an inquiry at https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/contact-us/ Pikes Peak Permaculture is a Southern Colorado 501c3 nonprofit that educates adults and the youth on the wide world of nature and permaculture. Our upcoming class…. Weeds Have a Story for You!  Fountain Creek Nature Center on July 20th, 2024 from 9am - 4pm.  Learn more and register:  https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/event/weeds-have-a-story-for-you/ Mentioned in this episode: The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience - by Rob Hopkins https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2932356-the-transition-handbook Free eBook: https://www.ic.org/community-bookstore/product/transition-handbook/ Transition US   https://www.transitionus.org/ Transition Network   https://transitionnetwork.org/ Nextdoor App- Social network of neighborhoods   https://nextdoor.com/ TED Talk: Transition to a World Without Oil - Rob Hopkins   https://www.ted.com/talks/rob_hopkins_transition_to_a_world_without_oil Music on the podcast by Charlie Mgee from Formidable Vegetable, a permaculture-based musical band out of Australia. https://formidablevegetable.com.au/ This episode was produced by Pikes Peak Permaculture, a content partner with Studio 809 Podcasts. Visit https://pikespeakpermaculture.org for opportunities to learn more about sustainable organic living through permaculture – workshops, classes, field trips, and networking. 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:
47:10 4/11/24
117 City of Fountain Sustainability Update
Katie Helm, Conservation and Sustainability Program Manager for the City of Fountain, provides an update on the city's sustainability efforts. This episode includes an extensive impromptu discussion of recycling challenges and solutions across El Paso County. Katie Helm is the Conservation and Sustainability Program Manager for the City of Fountain, where she manages energy and water programs. In previous roles she has worked as a Water Conservation Specialist for the City of Aurora, a Park Ranger for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and as a sawyer through Americorps. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In 2017 she earned her Master of Science from Denver University for Environmental Management and Policy.  MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Presenter’s Slideshttps://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/CAG-Water-Topics-3.24-small.pdf Resource Centralhttps://resourcecentral.org/lawn WaterWise Yards exampleshttps://waterwiseyards.org/inspiration-hub/ This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress  (SIP) virtual event on March 20, 2024. 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 next event is: Sustainability in Progress: Colorado Springs Utilities Water Conservation UpdateHear from Julia Gallucci, Water Conservation Supervisor at Colorado Springs UtilitiesApril 17, 2024 at Noon Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlc-qprzosHt3sT6MGLj5Um3boT49lewJq 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:  
45:50 4/3/24
116: Colorado Springs Sustainability Update
Learn about City of Colorado Springs sustainability efforts – from both a strategic and an operational perspective. Ryan Trujillo, Deputy Chief of Staff – Operations, updates us and answers questions. Topics include decentralization of the city’s sustainability efforts, status of the yet to be launched Sustainability Advisory Board, a waste characterization study to determine rates we’re diverting waste from landfills, micromobility, and the 2050 Regional Transit Plan (see link to sign up for updates).  MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 2050 Regional Transit Planhttps://coloradosprings.gov/2050-regional-transit-and-specialized-transit-plans This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress  (SIP) virtual event on February 21, 2024. 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 Thanks to Studio 809 Podcasts sponsor KJS Auto Hail Repair. Save $100: Mention that you were referred by Studio 809 when you call, or on the contact form at https://kjsautohailrepair.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. Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
46:17 3/1/24
115: Plastic Bags Update & Moving Toward Zero Waste: Policy Wins, Advice and Resources
What’s the law on plastic bags and polystyrene cups and take-out containers? What other legislation is in effect or potentially coming soon to move the state toward zero waste? How can you receive funding to support your organizational efforts? How can we all take part in moving to reduce this kind of waste? Find out in this update from Rachel Setzke of Eco-Cycle. In Colorado, restaurants have experienced as much as a 90% reduction in use (and costs) of single use items like straws, ketchup packets, etc. when they don’t automatically provide them, but first ask if a customer wants them. Get this and other useful bits of information in this episode! Eco-Cycle is one of the oldest mission-based recyclers and Zero Waste organizations in the US, and an innovator in resource conservation. They operate the Boulder County Recycling Center, provide Zero Waste business services, and created the nation’s first Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM). They also run the Green Star Schools program, Community Carbon Farming program, a recycling helpline (303-444-6634), created the A–Z Recycling Guide, and advance Zero Waste policies at the local, state, and national levels.  MORE INFORMATION: Presenter’s Slideshttps://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Colorado-legislation-wins-for-recycling-composting-and-waste-reduction-for-Co-Springs-group.pdf Front Range Waste Diversion Enterprise Fund programs informationhttps://www.coloradofrwd.org/ https://ecocycle.org/harmful-plastics Producer Responsibility Acthttps://www.recyclingforallcoloradans.org/ https://www.plasticfreerestaurants.org/ https://www.chefannfoundation.org/ Bag Fee, Ban Materials & Resourceshttps://ecocycle.org/PPRA Thanks to Studio 809 Podcasts sponsor KJS Auto Hail Repair. Save $100: Mention that you were referred by Studio 809 when you call, or on the contact form at https://kjsautohailrepair.com/ This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress  (SIP) virtual event on January 17, 2024. 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 for the February Sustainability in Progress: COS Sustainability and Strategic Doing February 21, 2024, 12 noon MST https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsc-GhpjorHNR7orAohu2U6jUEq2Nrz2fy 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:      
53:14 1/29/24
114: In and Outs of a Permaculture Design Certification
Why might you want to attend a permaculture design certification course offered in our region? Ally Richardson, a permaculture educator and Peak Environment podcast co-producer, discusses this with other members of Pikes Peak Permaculture: Becky Elder, Brian Fritz, and Jayme Domejka. Mentioned in this episode: Pikes Peak Permaculture’s 2024 Permaculture Design Certification Since the early 1980s, permaculture has been taught through hands-on courses – PDCs – with experienced mentors handing down their knowledge to passionate students. We are beginning March 8th and will finish September 22nd. Work Trade available- ask for details! Register Here:  https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/event/2024-permaculture-design-course/   Permaculture Potpourri Come join us at High Prairie Library on February 3rd, 2024 for a FREE class on many topics we cover as permaculturists. From soil to social systems- we have solutions.  Location: 7035 Old Meridian Road, Falcon, Colorado 80831 Register here: https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/event/permaculture-potpourri/   Weeds Have A Story For You! Spend the day with us and learn on July 20th to learn about what the weeds in your landscape are telling you about your soil. We will discuss specific weedy species, how and if they can be used and what strategies you can use to get them to give way to other more desirable plants.  Class Fee $35; Location TBD. Register Here: https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/event/weeds-have-a-story-for-you/   Tree City USA Bulletin #59 Permaculture and the City. Arbor Day Foundation https://www.arborday.org/trees/bulletins/coordinators/resources/pdfs/059.pdf   Music on the podcast by Charlie Mgee from Formidable Vegetable, a permaculture-based musical band out of Australia. https://formidablevegetable.com.au/ This episode was produced by Pikes Peak Permaculture, a content partner with Studio 809 Podcasts. Visit https://pikespeakpermaculture.org for opportunities to learn more about sustainable organic living through permaculture – workshops, classes, field trips, and networking. 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
41:41 1/27/24
113: Poor Richard's Rubbish Roundup
Richard Skorman shares an environmental vision and a unique community building opportunity that can help with the restoration efforts of our local watershed - creating natural landscapes that everyone can enjoy: Poor Richard's Rubbish Roundup! Join the weekly trash roundup team and help keep our community clean. Or, better yet, reach out to Richard for support in starting your own volunteer group near your local waters. The episode is hosted by Ally Richardson, a permaculture educator and Peak Environment co-producer. Richard Skorman served thirteen years on Colorado Springs City Council, including two as vice mayor. He was on the initial board of the Fountain Creek Watershed District. In 1975, he launched what is now Poor Richard’s Downtown collection of shops – a book and gift shop, a toy store, a restaurant and a coffee cafe/wine bar. He founded the U.S. Environmental Film Festival in 1991, and was a founder of Citizens Project.  Mentioned in this episode: Poor Richard's Rubbish Roundup- Beginning Again on January 9th, 2024. The volunteer group meets every Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm to clean up Monument Valley Park - South. For more information: https://www.poorrichardsrestaurant.com/event/richards-rubbish-roundup-every-tuesday/  Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control & Greenway Districthttps://www.fountain-crk.org/ Induced Meandering MethodThe technique of meandering the creek to recharge groundwater, which in turn recharges flowing waters on the landscape and wetlands. The edges that are created from the natural flowing pattern create habitat and forage- for birds and insects, as well as for other fauna which inhabit earth and need to survive.   Biochar & Permaculture Design for Fire Mitigation and Soil Regenerationhttps://pina.in/engage/february-2023-ferp-webinars/ Music by Charlie Mgee from Formidable Vegetable, a permaculture-based musical band out of Australiahttps://formidablevegetable.com.au/ This episode of Peak Environment is courtesy of Pikes Peak Permaculture, celebrating 15 years of Permaculture education, inspiration, and support throughout Colorado’s Pikes Peak Region. We provide several Design Certification Courses, and have graduated upwards of 60 new Permaculture designers. Visit https://pikespeakpermaculture.org for opportunities to learn more about sustainable organic living through permaculture – workshops, classes, field trips, and networking. 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 https://peakallianceco.org/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:      
34:14 12/31/23
112: Have Yourself a Low Impact Holiday
Do you approach the holidays mindful of the environmental impact of shopping, gifts and food? This episode explores sustainable options for this holiday season. Konrad Schlarbaum, sustainability director for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, shares low-impact practices for gifts, food, decorations, and transportation. Konrad Schlarbaum is the Director of Sustainability at the University of Colorado–Colorado Springs (UCCS). He also serves on the Board of Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future, the Sustainability Committee at Thomas MacLaren School, and the Planning Committee for the Pikes Peak Children’s Water Festival. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in sustainability and is certified in LEED and Permaculture.  LINKS: Presenter’s Slideshttps://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Sustainable-Holiday-Practices.pdf Bear Creek by Candlelight – December 1 5 to 8 p.m.https://communityservices.elpasoco.com/bear-creek-candlelight-2/ Center for Biological Diversity’s Simplify the Holidays (gift guides and other green holiday info)https://simplifytheholidays.org/ SoKind alternative gift registryhttps://sokindregistry.org/ Makeover Your Holiday Plate with MyPlatehttps://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2013/11/21/make-small-changes-healthy-holiday-makeover-your-holiday-plate-myplate  Holiday Travel Methods, Ranked from Most to Least Eco-Friendly - Brightly Bloghttps://brightly.eco/blog/holiday-travel-sustainability A Thankful Feast, Not a Wasteful One - Natural Resources Defense Councilhttps://www.nrdc.org/bio/andrea-spacht-collins/thankful-feast-not-wasteful-one E-Tech Recyclershttps://etechrecyclers.com/ This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress  (SIP) virtual event on November 15, 2023. 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. Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
40:08 11/18/23
111: Colorado Clean Energy Legislation
Current and upcoming legislation that will impact greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, zero emission vehicles and consumer energy costs. Chris Piper, Director of Legislative Affairs at the Colorado Energy Office shares this and much more, in a very engaging presentation and discussion. Colorado Energy Officehttps://energyoffice.colorado.gov/ This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress  (SIP) virtual event on October 18, 2023. 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 for the November 15, 2023 Event (on Zoom): Have Yourself a Low Impact HolidayNovember 15, Noon to 1 PM Register Here 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:      
50:04 11/2/23
110: Permaculture Principles - Part 2 of 2
Continue your deep dive into permaculture principles in the second part of a series hosted by Pikes Peak Permaculture. Acknowledging and practicing permaculture principles can lead to wonderful experiences - which will guide you to understanding how natural systems work in our environment and our climate. Pikes Peak Permaculture is a Southern Colorado 501c3 nonprofit that educates adults and the youth on the wide world of nature and permaculture. Thank you to our supporters and community members who came out to Ranch Foods Direct and helped make our September 16th fundraising event possible! Food to Power- https://foodtopowerco.org/compost Food To Power makes it super convenient for residents and businesses to keep food, paper and yard “wastes” out of the trash and instead have it turned into compost. Event inquiries are available.  Music by Charlie Mgee from Formidable Vegetable, a permaculture-based musical band out of Australiahttps://formidablevegetable.com.au/ This episode was produced by Pikes Peak Permaculture, a content partner with Studio 809 Podcasts. Visit https://pikespeakpermaculture.org for opportunities to learn more about sustainable organic living through permaculture – workshops, classes, field trips, and networking. 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:   
54:06 10/9/23
109: How to Love the Outdoors: Leave No Trace
We can enjoy the great outdoors most when we love and protect our cherished spaces. In this episode we get to know longtime nonprofit Leave No Trace organization, its principles and its programs. Frequent host Dave Gardner is joined by guest co-host Bob Falcone, co-host of the Outdoors with Hiking Bob podcast, and guest Andrew Leary, Director of Sustainable Tourism and Partnerships at Leave No Trace. Andrew and Bob also explain some of the basics of how we can love and protect the outdoors. It’s easier than you think. Mentioned in This Episode:  Leave No Tracehttps://lnt.org/  Take the free Leave No Trace 101 Coursehttps://learn.lnt.org/ Care for Colorado https://oedit.colorado.gov/care-for-colorado-program  Hiking Bob – Podcast, Book, Photography & Newshttps://hikingbob.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. Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
44:38 9/25/23
108: Permaculture Principles Part 1 of 2
Pikes Peak Permaculture begins a deep dive into permaculture principles in this Part 1 of 2 episode. Acknowledging and practicing these principles can lead to wonderful experiences which will guide you to understanding how natural systems work in our environment and our climate. Pikes Peak Permaculture is a Southern Colorado 501c3 nonprofit that educates children, and adults, on the wide world of nature and permaculture. Join us on Saturday, September 16th from 12 to 6 for Pikes Peak Permaculture’s first fundraising event, as we inform the community of ways towards resilience and sustainability within our homes and our community. Many of the things discussed in the podcast will be available to view at the event, such as rainwater harvesting, composting techniques, and much more. The event will take place at Ranch Foods Direct East at 4635 Town Center Dr . Just by coming to the event,  you are supporting educational programs and outreach, and you will also have an opportunity to meet with local farmers, enjoy LIVE music, engage at educational booths, learn creative activities for children, like natural painting and seed balls. We will have local vendors, and food trucks. Door prizes and a silent auction add excitement to that day. For more information, visit  https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/event/pikes-peak-permaculture-fundraiser/  Mentioned in today’s podcast: Rainwater, Storm Water & Graywater  https://dwr.colorado.gov/services/water-administration/rainwater-storm-water-graywater Regulation #86, Graywater Control Regulation  https://cdphe.colorado.gov/wqcc-rulemaking-proceedings  Calculate your footprint here:  https://www.footprintcalculator.org/home/en  Pikes Peak Library Repair Café https://ppld.org/repair-cafe  Music by Charlie Mgee from Formidable Vegetable, a permaculture-based musical band out of Australiahttps://formidablevegetable.com.au/ This episode was produced by Pikes Peak Permaculture, a content partner with Studio 809 Podcasts. Visit https://pikespeakpermaculture.org for opportunities to learn more about sustainable organic living through permaculture – workshops, classes, field trips, and networking. 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
64:40 9/7/23
107: Denver Public Schools’ Climate Action Plan
Learn how Denver Public Schools' Climate Action Plan was developed and is being implemented. DPS policy is to “be a national leader in establishing an organizational culture anchored in sustainability, climate action, and environmental justice in both the conservation of natural resources and in minimizing the carbon footprint of DPS’ practices.” LeeAnn Kittle, director of the Sustainability Team at Denver Public Schools, shares the details on that climate plan. She’ll also highlight the significance of GHG inventory storytelling and financial impact assessments, which have played a critical role in driving sustainable change across the school district. LeeAnn holds a Master's in Business Administration and a B.S. in Environmental Science. She is passionate about educating and inspiring her community on sustainability initiatives to address pressing climate issues. She works hard to change the narrative from climate crisis to one of bold action, innovation, and accountability. Kittle has served on several boards across the front range, including organizations such as US Green Building Council, Recycle Colorado, and Colorado Association for School District Energy Managers. LeeAnn also took part in NREL’s Energy Executive Leadership Program and was recently named Energy Manager of the Year for the Central and South US through the Association of Energy Engineers. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Presenter's Slides https://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/AUG-2023_SIP-PRESENTATION_DPS.pdf Denver Public Schools Climate Action Planhttps://sustainability.dpsk12.org/2023/01/06/see-the-dps-climate-action-plan/  Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future Monthly Newsletterhttps://tinyurl.com/4h4ujnya Sustainable and Resilient Pikes Peak Region Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/srppr Pikes Peak Permaculture Fundraiser - September 16 https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/event/pikes-peak-permaculture-fundraiser/ The Brewshed Alliance Liquid Lecturehttps://www.fountain-crk.org/liquid-lecture-series  Fountain Creek Watershed’s 10th Anniversary Creek Week Cleanup Registrationhttps://www.fountain-crk.org/creek-week-2023-registration?fbclid=IwAR17qEUuoOIrjcV4dPytDVhIZq-OJ2deuZ9ZDb-JcNn7yjrwPVOyfydIkLU This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress  (SIP) virtual event on August 16, 2023. 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 for the next Sustainability in Progress event: Building High Efficiency, All-Electric Homes – Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity - September 20 at noonhttps://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocOCppjwuHNZFUr8MeMV8K6pJa0IA-WGy 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
46:40 8/28/23
106: How the Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center is Meeting Environmental Challenges
Learn about the environmentally sensitive design and construction of the new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center and the Living Building Challenge certification process. Sandy Elliott, Parks Operations Administrator for Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, shares the fascinating details. Speaker's Slides https://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Peak-Alliance-Presentation.pdf Pikes Peak - America's Mountain https://coloradosprings.gov/drivepikespeak This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress  (SIP) virtual event on July 19, 2023. 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 August 16 SIP, Denver Public Schools' Climate Action Plan https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctcu-srz0uHtTWIXd_vjdZGva87qykG6NR 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
46:26 8/11/23
105: Connecting Children to Nature with Permaculture
Permaculture elementary Environment Club, permaculture Earth Day Celebration, and a youth permaculture design course. Pikes Peak Permaculture discusses the importance of permaculture education to connect our children to nature, and how impactful it was in a local school. Pikes Peak Permaculture is an educational 501c3 nonprofit serving Southern Colorado in the nature and ways of permaculture. If you would like to find out more about permaculture and our programs, please visit our website at pikespeakpermaculture.org.  Come join us at our upcoming sustainable fundraiser event on September 16th, 2023. We are growing in big ways and we are trying to reach you! At our event, we will have a silent auction, door prizes, music, games, local vendors, food trucks, and lots of hand-on permaculture activities will be available for everyone to try. We need help- Interested in volunteering?  Contact us: https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/contact-us/ MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Flying Pig Farm’s Barak Ben-Amots PEAK ENVIRONMENT Podcast # 98 Building Resilient Community Relationships with Land https://studio809podcasts.com/resilient-community-relationships-with-land/ Music by Charlie Mgee from Formidable Vegetable, a permaculture-based musical band out of Australia https://formidablevegetable.com.au/ This episode was produced by Pikes Peak Permaculture, a content partner with Studio 809 Podcasts. Visit https://pikespeakpermaculture.org for opportunities to learn more about sustainable organic living through permaculture – workshops, classes, field trips, and networking. 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
45:25 7/25/23
104: Sustainability in Progress: Wildfire Mitigation
How homeowners and the community can reduce wildfire risk and prepare for a wildfire event. Ashley Whitworth, Wildfire Mitigation Program Administrator for the Colorado Springs Fire Department, brings us up to speed on defending against wildfire. She also tells us about the Division of the Fire Marshal, and Peak Alerts. Ashley served as a Wildland Firefighter on the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Presenter's Slide Presentation https://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/Peak-Alliance-Presentation.pdf Sign up for Peak Alertshttps://member.everbridge.net/1772417038942752/new Outdoor burning guidelines, burn bans, burn restrictionshttps://www.coswildfireready.org/ 719-444-7000 – non-emergency number to report violations Ashley Whitworth Office: 719-385-7342Ashley.Whitworth@coloradosprings.gov Please take the Green Drinks Meetup surveyhttps://forms.gle/QGYCaQ1JXvJoNk1p6 Sustainable and Resilient Pikes Peak Region group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/47914284779 This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress  (SIP) virtual event on June 21, 2023. 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 event: Sustainability in Progress: How the Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center is Meeting Environmental ChallengesJuly 19, Noon to 1 pmLearn about the environmentally sensitive design and construction of the new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center and the Living Building Challenge certification process. Sandy Elliott, Parks Operations Administrator for Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, will share the fascinating details. Reserve here to receive a link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwscuqorDwjHNSUN7Dg-H9PNEJeQBmsAvUS 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:      
40:03 7/5/23
103 Permaculture Education in the Pikes Peak Region
Have you heard of Permaculture? Join the Pikes Peak Permaculture's team as we introduce ourselves, permaculture and our mission here in the Pikes Peak region. Learn about the programs we offer, including certifications, teacher training, classes and workshops.  Pikes Peak Permaculture is an educational 501(c)3 nonprofit educating Southern Colorado in the ways and nature of permaculture. Pikespeakpermaculture.org http://pikespeakpermaculture.org/ In September, our organization will be holding its first fundraiser event with live music, food and fun. We are planning to have many opportunities for people of all ages to learn about permaculture.  We are growing by leaps and bounds with goals to have big impacts in the community. We are hosting this fundraiser to provide funds for programs for schools, teens, and community members.  We are looking for volunteers. If you can help reach out!https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/contact-us/ Music by Charlie Mgee from Formidable Vegetable, a permaculture-based musical band out of Australia https://formidablevegetable.com.au/ 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:      
26:50 6/19/23
102 Community Gardens, Sustainable COS and Westside Community Center
If you’re looking for a place to grow delicious produce this summer, get the scoop here. Colorado Springs Sustainability Program Administrator Samantha Bailey provides an update on city sustainability initiatives and a new website to help you find a garden plot. She is joined by Westside Community Center’s Felicia Barnhart, who updates us on what’s happening there (including LOTS of available community garden space). Samantha provides details about: Sustainable COS (Sustainability Action Plan) – using the Pikes Peak Region 2030 Plan – to improve or create a more robust sustainability program for the city for the next 10 years. COS Love My Air –we now have air quality monitoring stations in each council district measuring ozone and particulate matter.  SmartCOS – using technology to increase efficiency and improve city life  LINKS: https://coloradosprings.gov/gardens https://coloradosprings.gov/innovation https://coloradosprings.gov/smartsustainability https://coloradosprings.gov/westsidecommunitycenter   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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
38:42 6/9/23
101 Plans for Trails, Open Space and Parks
What does the April ballot success of the Trails and Open Space tax renewal tell us about our community, and how might we use that to address shortfalls in county and city parks funding? Susan Davies, Executive Director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC), fills us in. She shares highlights of our areas parks and open spaces, and discusses ways we can improve funding for future needs. After a 30-year career as a TV journalist in various markets around the country, Susan took the position leading TOSC in 2009. Under her leadership TOSC has tackled several large initiatives including completing the Ring the Peak Trail, supporting Friends Groups across the region, starting a Trail Ambassador and Get Out/Get Healthy Program, empowering neighborhood groups committed to improving trails and parks in underserved areas and most recently the extension of the  City's TOPS (Trails, Open Space and Parks) tax. LINKS: Presenter's Slides https://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/SIP-presentation.pdf Trails and Open Space Coalitionhttps://www.trailsandopenspaces.org/ Info about Colorado Springs Trails, Open Space and Parks Programhttps://www.trailsandopenspaces.org/tops/ Pollinator Festivalhttps://manitoupollinators.org/pollinator-festival-2023 Sustainable and Resilient Pikes Peak Region Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/47914284779 This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress  (SIP) virtual event on May 17, 2023. 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 June 21, 2023 SIP will be: Wildfire Mitigation - with Ashley Whitworth of CSFDRSVP and get the zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoce6hqDMoGteK4y9gy1FvOXmVvomlhaxO 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
44:30 5/31/23
100 El Paso County Parks Master Plan
Learn about the 2022 county parks master plan, including updates to future open space and park areas, revisions to trail alignments, and an asset management plan to outline critical needs. Jason Meyer, Planning Supervisor for El Paso County Parks and Community Services, shares how the plan was created, and highlights of the plan. El Paso County's regional park system has over 8,000 acres of park and open spaces, and over 200 miles of regional trails. Popular parks include Bear Creek Regional in Colorado Springs, Fox Run near Monument, Fountain Creek in Fountain, and Paint Mines near Calhan. County Parks also operates the Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers. Planning in underway to add a third nature center in Fox Run Regional Park.  LINKS: Presenter’s Slides https://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/El-Paso-County-Parks-Presentation-4-19-2023.pdf El Paso County’s Parks Master Plan https://communityservices.elpasoco.com/parks-planning/  This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress  (SIP) virtual event on April 19, 2023. 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 May 17, 2023 SIP will be: Plans for Trails, Open Space and Parks - with Susan Davies of TOSC RSVP and get the zoom link here:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUuc-CpqDgtGdOZV27D17F7KQbi5rX7dhl0 Thanks to sponsors Pikes Peak Permaculture (link below) and Becky Elder. 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
36:54 4/28/23
99 Where to Get Great Local Food
Hungry for good, local food? CSA’s, community gardens, farmer’s markets and the Hunt or Gather Buying Club are discussed by local food experts and champions, Michele Mukatis and Megan Andreozzi Harris. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Hunt or Gather Buying Club https://www.facebook.com/HuntOrGather/ huntorgatherivywild@gmail.com New Roots Farm https://newrootsfarmllc.com/ Ellen’s Flowers https://www.ellensflowers.com/ Olde Owl Bread Co. https://www.facebook.com/oldeowlbreadco Nightingale Bread  https://www.nightingalebread.com/ Switchback Coffee Roasters https://switchbackroasters.com/ Colorado Produce Calendar https://ag.colorado.gov/sites/ag/files/documents/ColoradoProduceCalendar_0.pdf Colorado Farm Fresh Directory https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f5ScQ3MVvvroOLQnKsGqmVXMResyAVHm/view 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 https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org Thanks to Gold Hill Mesa https://www.goldhillmesa.com/ for their support of Studio 809 Podcasts. And thanks to Becky Elder for her support. You can provide support here: https://www.patreon.com/studio809 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:    
33:24 4/24/23
98 Building Resilient Community Relationships with Land
Food cultivation, land-based learning in empowering youth, and the central role of farmers as caregivers in our region are essential parts of building resilient community relationships with land. Barak Ben-Amots updates us on his efforts as executive director of Flying Pig Farm, a community learning garden growing at the base of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs, CO. He has worked over the last eight years to help learners of all ages connect with land, natural systems, our ecological family, and themselves. Raised in Colorado Springs as the child of two artists and professors, he is passionate about creativity, resilience, and life-long learning. LINKS: https://www.facebook.com/flyingpigmanitou/ This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress  (SIP) virtual event on March 15, 2023. 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. Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
30:07 4/14/23
97 RetoolCOS: Modernizing Colorado Springs’ Zoning and Subdivision Policies
How will Colorado Springs’ updated zoning and subdivision ordinance make our community more sustainable and resilient? City of Colorado Springs Planning Supervisor Morgan Hester shares important details about RetoolCOS. The City of Colorado Springs City Council recently adopted the first comprehensive update of the City’s zoning and subdivision ordinance in several decades.  The 3-year process has been spearheaded by the Planning Department and is known as the RetoolCOS project, which will result in a Unified Development Code (UDC) to establish a new, modern, and more user-friendly approach to zoning and subdivision regulations as directed by PlanCOS, the 2019 Council-adopted comprehensive plan, to fit the needs of the City.  The zoning and subdivision ordinance governs how property owners can use their land, including regulations such as building height, setbacks between properties and rights-of-ways, and what uses are permitted. The zoning and subdivision ordinance also describes the procedures for subdividing property or undertaking a development project.  Learn more at https://coloradosprings.gov/project/retoolcos-zoning-ordinance-update. This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress  (SIP) virtual event on February 15, 2023. 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. Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:    
52:35 3/30/23
96 Waste and Recycling in Colorado
The new disposable plastic shopping bag “ban” and Colorado’s miserable recycling rate (15%) are among the topics as we hear from Liz Chapman, Executive Director of Recycle Colorado. Chapman shares information about new waste policies being implemented or voted on in 2023, plus other efforts to improve recycling and reduce waste statewide. Of particular interest is the Producer Responsibility for Recycling Act, passed in 2022 and being fully in effect in 2026. It will make it easy for all Coloradans to recycle more plastics, aluminum cans, glass bottles, cardboard, and printed paper. It will also help manufacturers and businesses by creating a more resilient domestic supply of recycled materials to make new products.  Recycle Colorado is a statewide non-profit organization working to advance infrastructure, end markets, and state and local policies in waste reduction, recovery and diversion. Recycle Colorado has over 300 members from across the state—from the public, private and non-profit sectors. LINKS: Speaker's Slide Presentation https://studio809podcasts.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/1.18.23_PEAK_Alliance-presentation.pdf Recycle Coloradohttps://www.recyclecolorado.org/ Producer Responsibility for Recyclinghttps://www.recyclingforallcoloradans.org Ecocyclehttps://www.ecocycle.org This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on January 18, 2023. 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. Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future https://www.peakalliance.co/ Pikes Peak Permaculture https://www.pikespeakpermaculture.org/ GrowthBusters https://www.growthbusters.org 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:  
68:09 1/28/23
95 Sustainability in Progress: Climate Change in Colorado
Learn about the changing climate in Colorado with Peter Goble of the Colorado Climate Center. Peter is a climatologist and research associate. The Colorado Climate Center is located at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado, within the Department of Atmospheric Science. As a recognized State Climate Office, the Center strives to collect and observe data with the purpose of monitoring the climate, placing individual events into historical perspective, disseminating climate information to the user community, and providing climate expertise as part of the decision-making process. Colorado Climate Centerhttps://climate.colostate.edu/ This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) virtual event on November 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. Subscribe to receive meeting notices and other updates from Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future: https://tinyurl.com/4h4ujnya 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:  
38:05 12/10/22
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 10/24/22
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 10/6/22
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:
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