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The City of Colorado Springs Office of Sustainability, created by Mayor Suthers in 2016, is committed to improving the environmental, economic, and social health of our community, and to meeting our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Integrating sustainability into the choices we make will protect our natural environment, strengthen our economy, attract new business to the area, and boost innovation within all sectors.

Sustainability Committee:

A Sustainability Committee comprised of public sector, non-profit, academic, and military partners that are all dedicated to sustainable progress in the city, works to build awareness and accountability in the community through engagement, partnerships, and education.

Focus Areas: 


A resilient local food network enhances the fresh, healthy food options available to the city while stimulating a sense of community and adding to the local economy. It also benefits the health and wellness of our citizens.  Our intent is to create an even more robust food system where equal access to local food choices exists and the opportunity for urban agriculture education is ample.


  • Increase local food consumption of City staff by 20% by 2035.
  • Equip our community with resources & education on local food choice and urban agriculture

Arts & Culture

Funding for the arts in Colorado Springs has grown over the past several years and the number of art nonprofit organizations reached nearly 500 in 2012 (United Way, 2013). Revitalizing commitment to the presence of the arts is important to the city and is directly related to education levels, job creation, tourism, and community aesthetics.

Built & Natural Environment

In order to be a sustainable city and protect natural environments, we need to focus on reducing harmful environmental and social impacts through our built infrastructure and natural areas. In fact, 93% of survey respondents in Colorado Springs agree or strongly agree that the city should provide more services to protect the natural environment (City of Colorado Springs, 2014).

Integrating the built and natural environment to improve the health of the natural areas around us, while enhancing community life, is important to the City of Colorado Springs. Where we build and how we build is key to smart, modern growth while maximizing environmental conditions.


  • Built Environment
    • Land Use: Repair and prevent urban sprawl by creating dense, complete neighborhoods and town centers through mixed-use, infill, and transit-orientated development
    • Buildings: Build and maintain resource efficient buildings that help define the city’s sustainable urban landscape
    • Infrastructure: Promote sustainable and resilient infrastructure designed to meet the challenges and needs for a growing city. Prioritize low impact development, complete streets, and energy efficient transit infrastructure
  • Natural Environment
    • Land Use: Integrate natural systems with the built environment through connected green spaces and wildlife corridors; Ensure connectivity and public access to open spaces and recreational areas through adequate walking and bike trails.
    • Environmental Quality: Maintain, improve and utilize natural resources responsibly through collaborative planning, management, and citizen engagement.

Economic Development

Sustainability has a substantial role in creating a prosperous city. By reducing waste, efficiently using resources, and reducing negative impacts of products and services, we can create a thriving economy with smart, quality businesses and organizations. We want to ensure that our city has a strong, localized economy and that the money we invest is put back into the city to increase job opportunities and our quality of life.


Education is a key mode of spreading sustainability action and awareness, as well as stimulating sustainable innovation within the community. Education is not only about sharing the facts and tools for sustainable development but also about embedding sustainability within lifestyles. We intend to reach every sector of our community with the work the City and our partners are involved in.


  • Communicate current and future sustainability infrastructure, initiatives, and information to City employees and the greater community.
  • Train City employees on the importance of sustainability and how it applies to their work areas.
  • Cross educate the City’s sustainability projects with the efforts of local organizations and businesses.
  • Increase Colorado Springs residents’ awareness of and participation in public forums.
  • Engage sustainability consideration in City sponsored and sanctioned events.
  • Participate in third-party certification systems to provide transparency, education, resources, and validation of all City sustainability actions.


The City of Colorado Springs believes in the importance of sustainable energy to meet our needs, including renewable energy projects and increasing efficiency through behavioral change and technology upgrades. Energy has a large impact on greenhouse gas emissions, land degradation, human health, water and air pollution, and habitat loss. Doing our part as a City and community reduces the effects made from energy consumption.


  • Increase energy-use efficiency in City facilities at least 10% by 2035.
  • Have 20% of the City’s energy needs met with renewable sources by 2035.


With ample outdoor recreation, residents of Colorado, and especially the Pikes Peak Region, have a long reputation of healthy lifestyles,  but there are still opportunities to improve this standard. By focusing on increased care and education about preventative lifestyle choices,  we can ensure a healthy, resilient community.

Materials Management & Procurement

We can conserve many of the City’s products by incorporating green procurement practices and increasing the amount we compost, recycle, and reuse to divert material from landfills. This means purchasing products that have minimal lifecycle impacts, which feature bio-based or recycled content, that are designed with the environment in mind, and that are energy/water efficient. These products can compete in price, quality, and performance compared to standard products as well as increase our ability to manage a large portion of our supply chain.

GOALZERO Recycling:

  • GOALZERO recycling is focused on making an IMPACT on hunger in our COMMUNITY. We are currently accepting recyclable materials for FREE PUBLIC DROP-OFF.


  • Reduce the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by 20% by 2035.
  • Minimize, manage, and properly dispose of household hazardous waste – seen with a 20% increase in the amount of hazardous waste dropped off at regional hazardous waste facilities.
  • Individual, business, and government purchasing is guided by the tenants of reduce, reuse, and recycle – shown through the establishment of purchasing guidelines.
  • Increase recycling rates by 80% in City facilities.
  • Educate about reduce, reuse, and recycle practices through newsletters and workshops throughout the city.


The City of Colorado Springs is dedicated to maximizing mobility in the most sustainable way possible. Multi-modal options such as mass transit, biking, walking, and increasing the efficiency of our vehicles are key starting points. How we design our streets and the incentives we provide for switching transportation behaviors are also essential.

More than 75% of our commuters use their own vehicles to get to work and only 10% carpool to work (United Way, 2013). Our highway conditions show the impact of this trend with nearly 68% of our highways being rated as in poor or fair condition (United Way, 2013). Our scores (out of 100) are low across the board with a Walk Score of 35, Transit Score of 18, and Bike Score of 46 (Walk Score, 2016). Additionally, Colorado Springs falls into 45th place out of 50 for bicycling friendly cities in the biennial ranking of U.S. cities (Dille, 2014).

We want to improve the ability of the community to get to where they need to be while reducing our environmental impact and our carbon footprint.


  • Reduce dependency on single-occupancy vehicles through an increase in multi-modal options including bicycle, mass transit, and walking.
  • Increase the efficiency and decrease emissions from single-occupancy vehicles that are used by the City.

Water Management

Increased water demand with a decreased water supply is straining our region’s water security. The City of Colorado Springs is dedicated to increasing best management practices, incorporating technology, and educating about conservation strategies.

According to Colorado Springs Utilities, nearly half of annual water use is by single family residences. The average water use of every resident in Colorado Springs per day is equivalent to over four bathtubs worth of water (Colorado Springs Utilities, 2015).

The City of Colorado Springs believes in strengthening our water management systems and enabling our community with the resources to reduce overconsumption of water.


  • Measure and track water use in various enterprises, services, and facilities.
  • Benchmark water use against available metrics to compare placement.
  • Pursue improvements on poor-performing facilities.
  • Educate City Staff and the community on water use and conservation.


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(719) 385-6602

Physical Address 

704 E. Boulder Street,

Colorado Springs, CO  80901