by Pam Zubeck
Here's an update of activities you can get involved in to help the planet, brought to you by the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission.
Recycling lives: Teri Christman of Manitou Recycles will discuss her efforts to get a single-hauler waste and recycling collection system in Manitou Springs at the next meeting of the Recycling Coalition of Colorado Springs, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Colorado Springs City Hall Academy Room, 107 N. Nevada Ave. The Pikes Peak Earth Day Committee is also happy to announce that 681 vehicles unloaded nearly two tons of single-stream materials, 758 tires and more than 45,000 pounds of electronics at the May 1 Colorado Springs Recycles event. Maybe we should do this more often!
Water Working Group: The Southern Delivery System (SDS) with its $3-billion pipeline project is indeed a done deal, but water issues will continue to be crucial over the next decade. We are trying to form a new GCC Water Working Group to study the issues, convene the stakeholders and identify common initiatives to green the region. Interested members are invited to meet at 5:30 p.m. May 26 at the Colorado Springs Utilities Conservation & Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Rd. Water Conservation Manager Ann Seymour will be on hand. For more information, contact Steve at (719) 632-6189.
Territory bikes: The annual three-day Territory Days street fair will ramp up over Memorial Day weekend in Old Colorado City (West Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th streets). This year's event will include bike valet services for those cycling. Members of the Green Cities Coalition are invited to take a three-hour shift at the booth. To sign up, contact Steve at email@example.com.
Architects unite: The American Institute of Architects Colorado South chapter will convene the professional design community for a "charette" on a Smart-Growth Sustainability Plan for the Pikes Peak Region. To be held over June 3-5 at Colorado College, the AIA hopes to launch a "graphically-compelling alternative community vision that defines what smart-growth means to the community," looking at economic growth within the framework of existing infrastructure, new transportation possibilities and reduced energy requirements. For more information, contact Bill Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Environment Day: 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 5 at Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center.