Green Cities Coalition Mission
The purpose of the Green Cities Coalition is to promote ecologically, economically and socially healthy cities in El Paso County, for the benefit of present and future residents of the Pikes Peak region. We envision healthy, equitable and sustainable communities, both human and natural.
More than 450 organizations, businesses and individuals have participated with our coalition, developing initiatives in many areas that impact the sustainability of the region. Our 2014 Champions are Jane Ard-Smith, The Bag Ladies, Blue Planet Earthscapes, Colorado College Office of Sustainability, Colorado Springs Public Market, Growthbusters, Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems, Manitou Arts Center, Market Local Food, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, Ranch Foods Direct, Seeds Community Café and Terra Essentials. 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 an ecologically, economically and socially healthy area for the benefit of present and future residents of the Pikes Peak region. We envision healthy, equitable and sustainable communities, both human and natural.
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: 99 percent of our projects are 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 breakfasts and Green Drinks 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: Al Brody (Bike Colorado), Amy Cook-Porter (Terra Essentials), Becky Elder (Pikes Peak Permaculture), Scott Harvey, Lyn Harwell (Seeds Community Cafe), Darlene Jensen, Konrad Schlarbaum (Pikes Peak Community College Office of Sustainability), Courtney Stone (The Independence Center) and Ingrid Wood. Steve Saint is our part-time coordinator. To contact the Steering Committee, email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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