Explore the following resources to learn more about sustainability actions, trends, programs, and partners.
The City of Colorado Springs uses an online platform called SpeakUp! COS. This tool is a way for the community to find out about and give feedback on City projects, discussions, surveys, and regulatory topics. It is a great way to connect to your government and others in the community.
Local Food App
The “Local Food CS App” is a free app where users can find out who is growing local food, where to buy local food, and which restaurants are sourcing locally for their food and drinks. 99% of the suppliers of local food on the app are sourced within 67 miles from the center of Colorado Springs. There are also ratings for local, organic, and pasture characteristics.
El Paso County created a Recycling Directory that has information on almost every household and commercial material and how to properly recycle, compost, or dispose of it. Drop-off locations, times, and contact information for each material is listed. It is a great resource to utilize when trying to determine what to do with your used/unneeded materials.
City Offers Free Mulch
The City has a free mulch pile that is available to residents. The mulch pile is replenished randomly, so it is first-come, first-served and sometimes the bin is empty. City residents are encouraged to take as much as they need! (Not for commercial use or resale.) You will need to bring your own tools and containers for loading and transporting the mulch. Directions to the mulch pile: take I-25 to Fontenero, Exit #144, travel east to Recreation Way, turn right onto Recreation Way and drive south to 1601 Recreation Way (big metal bldg. with Forestry Operations Center sign in front and fence around it). The free mulch pile will be on your RIGHT, across the street from the building, on the WEST side of Recreation Way.
Free Porcelain Recycling by Colorado Springs Utilities
This service is available for residential and business customers. All types of fixtures including toilets, urinals, sinks, etc. are accepted by the program. The fixtures are recycled and reused as road base material in local paving operations. To date, CSU has recycled over 15,000 toilets. They only ask that all non-porcelain is removed before drop-off. Here is a link to locations and details: https://www.csu.org/CSUDocuments/toiletrecycling.pdf
The City’s stormwater team compiled great information on waste and recycling actions you can take to reduce the material running into storm drains in conjunction with proper disposal techniques. See their web page here.
- Colorado Springs Utilities
- City of Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation
- United States Environmental Protection Agency
- Energy Star Program
- STAR Communities Program
- Sustainable Cities Institute
- Smart Growth America
- Colorado Department of Transportation
- Energy Resource Center
- Green Procurement Compilation
- Complete Streets
- Smart Growth America
- Sustainability at Fort Carson