Office of Innovation and Sustainability

Sustain-a-Fest 2019

 

The Colorado Springs City Government - Colorado Springs - Office of Innovation & Sustainability is hosting the annual Sustain-a-Fest celebration at Acacia Park.

Previously, we held this event during Earth Month but this year we've decided that Earth Day should be every day! You can look forward to a bigger, better celebration focused on learning about sustainable practices through various demonstrations and activities.

All age groups are welcome to join in the fun! Come walk the park and experience booths, live music from Tejon Street Corner Thieves and more, local food trucks, and family-friendly activities such as crafts, face painting, mobile cave (CaveSim), bouncy house, and more!

So come on downtown and enjoy the summer day with all of us from the Office of Innovation and Sustainability!

Event dates

Location Acacia Park (map)
115 E Platte Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Date/Time Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Variety of free activities planned to recognize Earth Month in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The City of Colorado Springs is offering a variety of free family-friendly activities to help the public celebrate and give back during Earth Month 2019. The activities are detailed below.

Motorless Morning

April 20, 5 a.m.-noon, Garden of the Gods Park

Note: Free parking available at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and Garden of the Gods Trading Post. Parking for persons with disabilities is available at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center with a free shuttle to the main garden area, upon request.

The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks Recreation and Cultural Services Department will host a Motorless Morning in Garden of the Gods Park on April 20 from 5 a.m.-noon. This event will eliminate motor vehicle access within the park, allowing visitors to enjoy the park’s natural sights and sounds without vehicle noise.

As always, the park will remain free and open to the public, and all park rules and regulations will be in effect. Access to the park is being provided for all, including designated parking for persons with disabilities at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. From there, a shuttle into the main garden will be available upon request. All park visitors will have access to accessible routes into and throughout the park, and the City will permit the use of other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMD). Click here to view the City’s OPDMD policy.

All attendees are encouraged to participate in a short text survey to share their feedback and help the parks’ department impact future iterations of the event, which was conceptualized from a transportation study designed to enhance the visitor experience and protect the natural elements of Garden of the Gods Park. Two motorless mornings were held in 2018.

For more information, visit https://coloradosprings.gov/motorlessmorning.

Garden of the Gods Earth Day Celebration and Volunteer Park Cleanup

April 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center (1805 N. 30th Street)

Note: Free parking and shuttle service available at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site

The 22nd annual Garden of the Gods Earth Day Celebration will take place at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center on April 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will feature activities from more than 45 participating partners, including demonstrations, educational booths, crafts, and live animals from Nature’s Educators, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the Air Force Academy falcons. Other highlights include free admission to the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, a chemical magic show and Native American dancers.

The event aims to celebrate Earth Day by educating the community to take care of its natural treasures, live green and protect the environment through green thinking and living.

Registration for the Volunteer Park Cleanup opens at the Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m. Participants should be prepared to walk into the park for the cleanup.

For more information, visit https://gardenofgods.com/things-to-do/things-1/annual-events.

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Earth Day Activities​

April 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (3105 Gateway Road)

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will host several activities for Earth Day on April 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities include live animal experiences, wagon rides and tours of several historic sites on the property, such as the Galloway Homestead Cabin and a 19th century blacksmith workshop. It’s also a great time to find out more about volunteering at Rock Ledge Ranch.

A free shuttle will be available to allow visitors to experience Earth Day activities at both Rock Ledge Ranch and the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. For more information, visit ColoradoSprings.gov/RockLedgeRanch.

Great American Cleanup

April 27, 9 a.m., sites across the region

May 4, 9 a.m., Hillside Community Center; 10 a.m., Memorial Park

The 4th annual Great American Cleanup Pikes Peak Partners will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on April 27 in 20 sites across the region. This cleanup of parks, trails and waterways is a community effort between the City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful, Colorado Springs Utilities, City of Fountain, City of Manitou Springs, and the Town of Monument.

Nitrile work gloves, buckets and trash bags will be provided, but participants should plan ahead by wearing durable shoes or boots and work gloves. Participants under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult. Interested volunteers can register for a cleanup site at gacppp.com

Two additional cleanups will take place on May 4 at both the Hillside Community Center (9 a.m.) and Memorial Park (10 a.m.) where Mayor John Suthers will deliver opening remarks. At Hillside, volunteers will work on gardening projects and painting the pavilion, while tree planting, in association with Arbor Day, will take place at Memorial Park. The activities at Hillside are part of a Comcast Cares Day event, and volunteers at this site will have a special opportunity to meet U.S. Olympic gold medalists in ice hockey Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux.

To volunteer at the Hillside or Memorial Park cleanups, contact Donna Nelson at dznelson@coloradosprings.gov.

In 2018, 378 registered volunteers removed more than 2,100 pounds of debris and 425 bags of trash from 26 locations throughout the Pikes Peak region in Great American Cleanup events.

 

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Civic Superhero Training

You care about what happens in your city. You're an engaged citizen, but it's time to put your cape on and become something bigger-- a Civic Superhero!

Civic Superheros know how to:
  • get potholes filled, 
  • receive notifications when City Council is going to discuss an issue they care about
  • Visualize and track the City's revenue and expenses 
  • and a whole lot more!

Civic Superhero Training puts the cape on your back, the grappling hook on your utility belt, and the tiara on your head-- just remember: with great power comes great responsibility!

As a Civic Superhero you can:

  • ColoradoSprings.gov – The City’s primary engagement tool, with news releases and alerts, City job information, Transit, Parks, and Airport central location
  •   FlyCOS.com – airport website, flights, delays, promotional efforts, and information about the operations of COS
  •   GoCoSprings Mobile App- the power tool for Colorado Springs residents. Report a pothole or other roadway issue, clogged storm drain, check airport status, or get information on City news and events. 
  •   Legistar: watch live and archived City Council meetings, set alerts to get notified when items you care about come before City Council, share video from important public meetings to your social networks. 
  •   Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) - In accordance with the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA), the City of Colorado Springs is happy to assist with requests for the City’s public records. As permitted under Colorado State Law, the City does charge a nominal fee for CORA requests. 
  •   SpringsTV 18 - view videos produced by the SpringsTV 18 studio. View City videos at https://coloradosprings.gov/SpringsTV18. online streaming player for SpringsTV18 at 
  • Cone Zone map - www.coloradosprings.gov/conezones - lists all roadway construction projects (permitted projects) taking place around the city.
  •   Waze mobile app (not City-owned, but uses City data)- Navigation app with crowdsourced content. The City of Colorado Springs provides information on planned roadway construction projects and other traffic impacts for Waze users. Download the Waze app on your device’s app store or view online at 
  • Public Works Project Map - Massive map with all of the City’s completed, in-progress, and planned projects. Lots of information, takes time to load, but worth it for all the incredible insight citizens can gain. 
  • SpeakUp! COS – Interactive online platform for surveys, discussions, and forums for the City to gauge sentiment,  solicit ideas, and engage with citizens around issues of importance to our community. Register for an account (providing demographic info is voluntary) to participate and make your voice heard. 
  • Textizen -- Text-based citizen survey and interaction platform. 
  • OpenBudget COS -- Financial Transparency & Data Visualization tool. `Explore and interact with City finances. Share data visualizations with stakeholders and social networks. Download or link to City finance data as up-to-date as the last closed month of City Finances. 
  • OpenDataCOS -- The City of Colorado Springs provides this open data portal to support transparency and accountability, but also to give the public access to one of our most important assets: Public Data. 
  • City Clerk Documents Search -- Search historical records, scanned documents, and other important pieces of the City of Colorado Springs history. 
     

City teams up with local car dealer to promote electric vehicles

COLORADO SPRINGS -- In an effort to promote sustainable transportation options in Colorado Springs, the City’s Office of Innovation & Sustainability has sought out local car dealers to provide incentives for residents to purchase electric vehicles.

Currently, Nissan is extending its offer of $3,000 off the 2018 Nissan LEAF to Colorado Springs residents through September. Additionally, residents can receive a potential federal tax incentive for up to $7,500 and a Colorado state tax incentive of $5,000.

“We’re excited to be able to offer Colorado Springs residents this opportunity to buy an electric vehicle at a greatly reduced price” said Innovation and Sustainability Manager Ryan Trujillo. “Our hope is that if someone is in the market for a new car, they will consider a more environmentally friendly option, and this is a way we can help make that option more affordable.”

Plug-in electric vehicles can save owners money on fuel costs, maintenance costs and reduce emissions that are harmful to the environment. The 2018 Nissan LEAF has a range of 150 miles on one charge.  Colorado is a leader in the the EV economy, with the state government planning an extensive fast-charging network of stations throughout the state.

Residents interested in the program must provide a flyer found on the City’s website at ColoradoSprings.gov/EV and proof of residence (car registration, utility bill, mortgage, lease, or rental contract) to a participating Nissan dealership.

Other car dealers have been invited to join in the incentive program and are welcome to participate by emailing scotta@springsgov.com.

Electric Vehicle Incentives

In an effort to promote sustainable transportation options in Colorado Springs, the City’s Office of Innovation & Sustainability has sought out local car dealers to provide incentives for residents to purchase electric vehicles.

Available Incentives

Currently, Nissan is extending its offer of $3,500 off the Nissan LEAF to Colorado Springs residents until September 30, 2019. Additionally, residents can receive a potential federal tax incentive for up to $7,500 and a Colorado state tax incentive of $5,000.

Residents interested in the program must provide a flyer (both pages) and proof of residence (car registration, utility bill, mortgage, lease, or rental contract) to a participating Nissan dealership.

Download Flyer

Interested Car Dealers

Other car dealers are invited to join in the incentive program and welcome to participate by emailing scotta@springsgov.com.

Commission on Aging Meeting

The purpose of the Commission is to provide ongoing and embedded advocacy for older adults in the municipal government of Colorado Springs. The Commission meets the first Wednesday of every month from 3 to 5 p.m. at Transit Services, 1015 Transit Drive, Conference Room A148

View Board Details and Agendas and Minutes

In accord with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the City of Colorado Springs will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. Should you require an auxiliary aid and/or service to participate in an upcoming meeting, please contact us as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled monthly meeting so that we can do our best to accommodate your needs.

Event dates

Location Transit Administration (map)
1015 Transit Drive, Large Conference Room
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Date/Time Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Food Policy Advisory Board Meeting

The Food Policy Advisory Board was established to advise City Council and the El Paso County Commissioners on matters of policies, programs, operations, and land use rights affecting local food issues. The board meets the first Thursday of each month from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at City Hall in the Pikes Peak Room. 

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In accord with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the City of Colorado Springs will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. Should you require an auxiliary aid and/or service to participate in an upcoming meeting, please contact us as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled monthly meeting so that we can do our best to accommodate your needs.

Event dates

Location City Hall Pikes Peak Room (map)
107 North Nevada Avenue, Pikes Peak Room
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Date/Time Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am

SmartCOS

The City of Colorado Springs (City) and Colorado Springs Utilities (Utilities) have joined together, along with Panasonic CityNOW, to help develop a smart city vision, known as SmartCOS.  Being a smart city is the concept of deploying advanced technologies to improve public services, drive economic development and solve issues facing the city.  

Through an extensive stakeholder process with more than 100 participants representing private, public, academic and non-profit institutions in the Pikes Peak Region, 11 SmartCOS concepts have been identified to explore and deploy as opportunities arise and funding allows.  The City and Utilities will pursue funding options to support the SmartCOS program, including grant opportunities, public-private partnerships, and leveraging existing capital expenditures where it makes sense.

In addition, the City and Utilities have partnered with US Ignite, a national non-profit that has developed an ecosystem of other cities pursuing smart technologies across the nation to share lessons learned and best practices.  Furthermore, Colorado Springs is one of the founding cities of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, which is a statewide, multi-jurisdictional collaboration of public, private and academic sector leaders committed to accelerating the adoption of smart cities initiatives in their respective communities. 

The 11 SmartCOS Concepts

For complete descriptions and a narrative of the process, download the complete SmartCOS Strategy (pdf).

  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure – an integrated system of smart meters, communications networks and data management systems that enable two-way communication between Utilities and customers
  • Connected Vehicle Platform – Enabling  the adoption of connected vehicles in an urban environment
  • Microgrids – Integrated power deliver system
  • Enhanced Engagement – Publish city-owned data and modernize citizen request process
  • Smart Building Management – Making buildings more efficient through automation and integration
  • Smart Kiosks – Integrating wayfinding and other user-friendly information in the downtown core
  • Smart Parking – Improving the efficiency and customer interaction with parking
  • Smart Payment Solutions – Payment integration system for various modes of transportation
  • Smart Security Systems – Adopting cutting edge technologies for the benefit of public safety
  • Smart Streetlights – Converting existing streetlight infrastructure with sensor-capable LED lighting
  • Smart Transportation – Integrating smart technologies into long term transportation planning

Southwest Downtown

The Southwest Downtown redevelopment district has been identified as an area where the City would like to leverage existing public and private funding to deploy smart technologies that support the mission of both the City of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities.  This district offers a unique opportunity to leverage the momentum gained through the SmartCOS program so far, leverage over $42 million in existing state and local public funding, and deploy a wide range of smart technologies in a defined area. This will allow the opportunity to explore various use cases in a confined area to that could be scalable across the community in the future.

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