Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Steering green — join the Green Cities Coalition

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 11:59 AM

According to its most recent newsletter, the Green Cities Coalition is seeking new board members for 2016. Information on that will be discussed from 8 to 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 18 at the next steering committee meeting, happening at Seeds Community Café. 

If you're interested in attending, RSVP at Konrad.Schlarbaum@ppcc.edu

Seeds will also host the Pikes Peak Permaculture group at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25 for a "Permaculture, Transition & Green Preparedness" talk by Steve Saint. 

Here's some other action points the GCC is currently underway with:

LOCAL FOOD:  Did you know that the city’s newly updated emergency management plan does not consider how disasters like drought in other states (i.e. California) will affect our food supply? We are forming a Village Food Council in Old Colorado City and scouting for Local Food Ambassadors all over the region to promote food self-reliance. The next meeting of the Local Food Working Group will be 9 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. For more information, email Megan Andreozzi at megannie4@hotmail.com.

TRANSPORTATION:  The state Legislature is considering SB11, which would pull $15 million in FASTER fees from transit and reallocate them towards “road safety projects.” Without this funding, Bustang may be threatened as well as vehicle maintenance and replacement for transit providers (Mountain Metro got $800,000 last year). To learn more or join the Community Transit Coalition, email Courtney at communitytransitcoalition@gmail.com.

ENERGY:  Through an open records request, the Energy Working Group has uncovered yet another cost increase for the Neumann Systems scrubber project at the Drake Power Plant. The forecasted cost for completion of this SO2 scrubber project is now $178,393,229 - approximately $8.4 million more than publically stated by Colorado Springs Utilities. Fraud? To learn more and join the action, email Leslie at leslie@weise.us. 
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