Colorado Springs joins City Nature Challenge
The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department has joined the multi-city, global event called City Nature Challenge. More than 160 cities will participate April 26-29. Nature and science fans of all ages are asked to observe and submit pictures of wild plants, animals and fungi using the free app iNaturalist. Scientists can use the collected pools of data to understand and conserve urban wildlife.
“Colorado Springs is excited to be part of this effort that will provide important insight about the biodiversity of urban areas,” said local organizer and parks administration manager Kim King. “We hope people of all ages will join the fun and help our city contribute the most observations!”
Participating is easy:
Find wildlife (plant, animal, fungi, or any evidence of life such as scat, fur or tracks)
Take a picture of what you find and note the location of the critter or plant
Share your observation by uploading your findings through iNaturalist
Boulder City Council considering solar
The Boulder City Council will consider lease agreements that would add 2.75 megawatts of solar capacity to city-owned properties, increase the city’s total solar portfolio to 6.45 megawatts, and reduce the city organization’s emissions by 6 percent.
Under the proposed 20- to 30-year lease agreements, the city will lease the solar panel installation sites to a third-party owner, Unico Solar Investors, and purchase the solar output of the systems through separate Power Purchase Agreements. The site lease agreements leverage a third-party ownership model for solar whereby an investor can capitalize on federal tax benefits that are unavailable to the city. The city will receive the benefits through the purchase of solar power, without requiring up-front capital.
“We see local solar as key to our climate and resilience strategy,” said Senior Energy Project Manager Yael Gichon. “It’s important for the city to lead by example in this arena and the proposed collaborative purchasing process provides a model for other businesses and partners to bring solar energy to their organizations.”
The proposed solar installations, which the city hopes to complete by the end of 2019, support the city’s efforts to bring local renewable generation to the community and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity generation.
President Trump is signing two Executive Orders to streamline Federal processes surrounding energy infrastructure development, to address regional and local energy supply constraints and to promote an efficient energy market. President Trump is also signing an Executive Order to improve the process for issuing Presidential permits for certain cross-border infrastructure projects.
Gov. Polis signed an executive order establishing the Commission on Employee Ownership. The Governor signed the executive order at the Save-A-Lot in Colorado Springs where he launched his campaign and promised to support employee ownership.
In Colorado, 98 percent of all Colorado companies are small businesses. And these 560,000 small businesses employ over one million people, making small business one of the state’s top employers. Small businesses also diversify our economy with 85,800 minority-owned firms in Colorado.
Denver Receives LEED for Cities Platinum Certification. In recognition of the exemplary sustainability performance demonstrated by the City and County of Denver, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has certified the city as LEED Platinum under the organizations LEED for Cities program. Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the USGBC, presented Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Jerry Tinianow, the city’s Chief Sustainability Officer, with the city’s certification plaque.