Sustainability conference scheduled Nov. 3-4

The Southern Colorado Sustainability Conference has a new home – and a new reach.

Once directed by Fort Carson, the conference is now part of the Catamount Institute’s Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network. The event is scheduled Nov. 3-4 at the Doubletree Hotel.

More than 800 business leaders, owners, community leaders, vendors and military personnel are expected to attend the fair. A variety of speakers will talk about different topics.

“This is the nexus for sustainable living in southern Colorado,” said Eric Cefus, executive director of the Catamount Institute. “We’re hoping to have people from as far away as Trinidad and Durango. We really want to create a big impact on the region.”

The public is invited as well, he said. People can learn about topics such as creating a community garden, or even a home garden. Experts will talk about the Colorado climate, and the use of coal to generate energy.

“We use coal for about 70 percent of our energy,” he said. “So someone from Colorado Springs Utilities will talk about that, what it means for the climate, and how to move away from it.”

The event is sponsored by CSU, Fort Carson and the Green Building Council. The cost is $85 for the two-day conference, including lunch and an evening reception. For more information, call Jan Eitel at 471-0910, ext. 107.