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Local restaurant earns ‘green’ rating

Pizzeria Rustica became the first independent restaurant in Colorado to be certified by the Green Restaurant Association, and was the third three-star certified restaurant in the nation. That was back in 2009. Now, the restaurant received a four-star rating in its recertification process, which occurs every three years. Pizzeria Rustica is now one of 10… Continue Reading Local restaurant earns ‘green’ rating

An arm of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments approved a sustainability plan last week packed with hefty goals that seek to turn the lagging region into a national leader in sustainability. The plan is long on optimism — and work. “Looking to our future — Pikes Peak Region 2030” identifies 10 topic areas… Continue Reading Regional Sustainability Plan establishes lofty goals to change perception of area

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Community members can win green for being green this month. The  Colorado Springs Office of Innovation and Sustainability is sponsoring an online contest to reward people who are caught “green-handed” recycling, biking to work or any one of 20 sustainability activities. Participants should upload photos to the OIS Facebook page. Those who enter photos in… Continue Reading Facebook contest to reward sustainable behavior

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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments is creating a regional sustainability plan for El Paso and Teller counties. The plan is still in its initial phases, and the PPACG has already developed regional goals to be reached by 2030. The group has developed goals for transportation, natural environments, economic development, energy, water, health, materials… Continue Reading PPACG seeks input about regional sustainability plan

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Thursday, Nov. 18 9 a.m.-noon Recycling Summit – Explore ways to increase recycling in the area. Panel: County Commissioner Jim Bensberg, Colorado Springs council member Jan Martin, and representatives from Waste Management, Waste Connections, Bestway and the Recycling Coalition. 12:30-1:45 p.m. Rural Farms and urban gardens, closing the food gap – Small farms, ranches, community,… Continue Reading Catamount Institute’s Sustainability Conference agenda

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PPACG to create regional sustainability goals

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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments is seeking input from the community as it creates measurable regional sustainability goals for El Paso and Teller counties. The group is asking for advice from cities, counties, businesses, economic development organizations, as well as environmental groups, schools, citizens and the military. The first meeting is scheduled for… Continue Reading PPACG to create regional sustainability goals

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CSU launches executive sustainability program

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Colorado State University is offering a new program aimed at making companies more valuable through sustainable business practices. The new program, called SEE (Sustainability Executive Education), is being offered through CSU’s College of Business and the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise. “Business education at Colorado State University is entering a new era today… Continue Reading CSU launches executive sustainability program

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Springs looked for green opportunities in 2009

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As the country struggled to recover economically, many people placed hopes on green jobs and renewable energy. But big oil still has a role to play, even as stimulus money targeted new and alternative energy solutions during 2009. And as companies sought to reduce costs, sustainability became even more mainstream — and consumers learned to… Continue Reading Springs looked for green opportunities in 2009

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City gains “greener” reputation

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Colorado Springs is again attracting national attention – this time not for its expanding military population or faith-based organizations, but for its ranking as the #6 city on SustainLane.com’s “Top Ten Alternative Fueled City Fleets.” The survey was conducted by SustainLane, a “people powered guide to sustainable living” Web site that tracks and promotes green… Continue Reading City gains “greener” reputation

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Nonprofit to specialize in oil shale education

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A new nonprofit organization will advocate for the responsible development of oil shale in the United States. Headquartered in Glendale Springs, the National Oil Shale Association says its mission is to educate the public about the alternative oil source. The organization believes oil shale production – extracting oil from rocks in places like the Piceance… Continue Reading Nonprofit to specialize in oil shale education

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