Green Cities Coalition Vision and Mission
Our vision is for communities and governments to achieve and maintain an economically healthy, environmentally sustainable, and socially inclusive culture. GCC’s mission is to serve as a resource and hub for advocacy, organization, and strategy to sustain healthy communities in El Paso County.
More than 60 organizations, businesses, and individuals have participated with our coalition, developing initiatives in many areas that impact the sustainability of the region. Our 2016 Champions are Blue Planet Earthscapes, Cascade Escapes, Common Cause Catering, Downtown Fine Spirits & Wines, Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems, Old Town Bike Shop, Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission and Seeds Community Café. Please visit the working group links to see what we have been working on or to join a group that shares your interests.
TOGETHER, WE CAN GREEN THE REGION!
As a member of the Green Cities Coalition, I/we pledge to promote economically healthy, environmentally sustainable, and socially inclusive culture.
Launched in 2008, the Green Cities Coalition is a grass-roots organization aimed at creating partnerships and encouraging collaboration among the people and organizations working for sustainability in the Pikes Peak Region. We are a true coalition with 99 percent of our projects being accomplished by our organization, business, and individual members. The GCC focuses on educating people, organizing partnerships and enhancing communications around all things sustainable.
To date, all of our funding has come from membership dues and donations.
At Green City Summit II in 2008, we launched this website to feature a comprehensive calendar of environmental and sustainability events and began monthly e-newsletters about significant developments in the region. We launched working groups around five priority areas: energy, local food, recycling, transportation, and water. After helping develop the Pikes Peak Regional Sustainability Plan, we adopted many of the goals for implementation. Developments in all these areas are shared monthly at our Steering Committee meetings and Green Works networking mixers.
When stakeholders and interested parties gather around the table to collaborate, wonderful things happen. One recent example is the launching of the Colorado Springs Public Market. This organization, dedicated to bringing local food to downtown Colorado Springs, was initially a task force convened by several of our working group members.
Our working groups have been involved in encouraging single-stream recycling, promoting wind power at Colorado Springs Utilities, organizing Local Food Week and opposing fracking.
Coming soon: Links to our Incorporation, Bylaws, Organizational Structure and non-profit status.
The GCC Steering Committee functions by a charter which defines the scope, goals, objectives and overall approach. This charter is evaluated and updated each year at the annual meeting.
The current Green Cities Coalition Steering Committee members are: Amy Cook-Porter (Terra Essentials), Becky Elder (Pikes Peak Permaculture), Lyn Harwell (Seeds Community Cafe), Kyle Katsos (Phelan Gardens), Konrad Schlarbaum (Pikes Peak Community College Office of Sustainability) and Leslie Weise (350.org). Steve Saint is our part-time coordinator. To contact the Steering Committee, email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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