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August 1, 2022


A Week Like No Other

Youth Activist Training Participants Get Hands-On Experience from Community Leaders

Surveys for teen participants at the end of last week’s Youth Activist Training garnered enthusiastic responses from the attendees. One participant called the experience “undeniably amazing,” while another said “I have no doubt anyone who attends will gain the experience of a lifetime.”

And it was little wonder, with youth meeting such key community activists as Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Ashley Cornelius; environmental activists Lindsay Facknitz and Liz Rosenbaum; Kevin Mitchell of Food to Power; Debbie Vitulli and Bill Thomas of Urban Experience; Susan Peiffer of Inside Out Youth Services; local politicians Yolanda Avila and Julie Ott; Steve Wood of Concrete Couch/Coyote Park, and so many more!

Below, we present a few photographs of this exciting week. The enthusiastic response makes it likely PPJPC will repeat this experience in years to come!



Pikes Peak Women Podcast Talks to New CEO of Peak Vista

On today’s Elevating Pikes Peak Women, we're discussing another new woman in leadership in the Pikes Peak Region.  Host Mary Lou Makepeace introduces us to the new CEO of Peak Vista, Dr. Emily Ptaszek.  They will discuss Peak Vista's services to the community, the new CEO's background in the field, the strengths Dr. Ptaszek sees in the institution, and the vision she sees for Peak Vista and Colorado Springs.    
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Mary Lou Makepeace, Marcy Morrison, Denise Abbott, Karole Campbell, Lindy Conter, Susan Davies, JJ Frazier, Kimberlie Griffis, Melissa Marts, Michelle Ray, Beth Roalstad, Deb Walker, Kayla Zowada


Afghan Poet Marzia Sadat Shares her First Poem in English at Youth Activist Training

Marzia Sadat, already a published poet in Afghanistan, enrolled in Youth Activist Training less than a month after moving to the area and becoming a naturalized citizen. She shared a picture and her first poem in English with eWeekly:

Marzia Sadat 
View of Colorado Springs

 I am an Afghan poet and a writer in Persian and Dari languages and it’s my first month in America. I live in Colorado Springs and this is my first poetry in English language that I wrote it with love and thinking about the real beauty of Colorado Springs and this people . 
Listen to my poetry the words are heartstrings 
I want to explain Colorado Springs 
Has kissing camels and Rocky with emerald coverings 
The honor and glory with heroes here have ingatherings
Women here hang love with elegance in earrings
Men here are brave as lions have roarings
This city presents for people Tow diamond rings 
That Peace and Justice can bring yes it brings


Peak Environment Podcast 91 Examines Native Plants and Their Role in Providing a Healthy Watershed

Learn about the newly revived Kathleen Marriage Garden at Sondermann Park, and how you can incorporate native plants into your landscape and help support a healthy watershed. Colorado Native Plant Society Executive Director Maggie Gaddis and Fountain Creek Watershed District Interim Executive Director Alli Schuch talk about the history of the garden, how it was brought back to life, and how native plants help support a healthy watershed. They also discuss National Pollinator Month.

Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District
Fountain Creek Watershed info
Fountain Creek Watershed Map
Fountain Creek Brewshed Alliance Map
Colorado Native Plant Society

Register to Virtually Attend the Next Sustainability in Progress meeting
Sustainability in Progress: Stormwater Green Infrastructure Plan
Jul 20, 2022 08:00 AM

You’ll find Podcast 91 here

Also, be sure to check out Podcast 90 on the city’s Green Infrastructure plan. Join City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise Manager Richard Mulledy as he discusses how a dry winter, long-term drought, and record low levels in major Colorado River reservoirs have all of us wondering what we can do to minimize our water consumption. Kate Larson of Resource Central shares how the organization is helping communities implement programs to encourage homeowners to conserve water.

City of Fountain Conservation and Sustainability Manager Katie Helm also shares the response from community members and why being able to partner with another organization to administer these services is so invaluable. (Resource Central is helping the city of Fountain with Lawn Replacement, Slow the Flow (irrigation evaluations), a smart controller program, and seminars).

Podcast listeners can find this episode by searching for Peak Environment on any podcast app

You can also find Podcast 90 here

Transit Agencies Offer Free and Reduced-Cost Rides Through August

350 Colorado sent out an alert regarding several Colorado transit agencies, who have partnered to encourage the use of mass transit by offering free or reduced-cost rides through August. Here are details:

Would you like to run your errands, go out on the town, and get to work conveniently while helping create the transition to a clean, green economy? Now is your chance, at no cost to you. In August, across the state, we have the opportunity to ride RTD buses, MMT, GET, Poudre Express, light rail, paratransit, the HOP, Access-a-ride, trains to airport and more for free! All cities are eligible for this program and so far we have confirmed Denver Metro area, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Greeley, and Lafayette are participating. And the long-distance intercity “Bustang” routes are 50% off from July 1 to September 5. If you are able, join us in making a commitment to ride transit as much as possible in August, and spread the word to your friends!

 Support better transit! By helping to make this initiative a success and showing overwhelming public support for transit, this will lead the expansion of service that will make RTD even more convenient. Chicken and egg. “If we show up they will build it!” We will also help to lower greenhouse gas emissions and ozone pollution (oil and gas production plays the biggest role in contributing to ozone, but driving is the second highest source.)

 Plot your routes now for all of your usual destinations: use your maps app—it’s easy! The RTD app is also extremely useful! Or you can plan trips or research routes by visiting the agency’s website, where you can use the Trip Planner app, access schedules or sign up for Service Alerts. Next Ride provides real-time vehicle information. To ask questions of RTD during normal business hours (6 a.m.-6 p.m.), call Customer Care at 303-299-6000.

Check out more info about the zero-fare program here. If you want to try out your routes before zero-fare month, you can buy your tickets on the RTD app, or at your local grocery store. Stay tuned for more information from 350 Colorado in the coming weeks.

 If you have questions or want support in doing this, please do not hesitate to email me: I’ve been riding transit since 2019.


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