The Justice & Peace eWeekly is a weekly survey of upcoming events, local news and activism opportunities. Feel free to forward this to anyone you know who might be interested.


September 5, 2022


Downtown Drake Plant Stops Operations Sept. 1

Small Modules Will Continue Natural Gas Power as Main Plant Demolished

The Martin Drake Power Plant ceased operations on Thursday, although there were a couple caveats to that milestone. All coal burning at Drake halted last summer, replaced by two natural gas retrofit generators. Six modular natural gas units will be placed at the site to replace the two generators, though demolition of the main generating station will begin immediately. Colorado Springs Utilities does not expect the modular units to come on stream until early 2023 due to a shortage of components, caused in part by the war in Ukraine.

Sierra Club and Lindsay Facknitz led a decade-long effort to halt coal operations at Drake. Originally, the city anticipated phasing out coal operations in 2035, but changing economics made it more feasible to halt coal last year, and to end big-generator use of any type at the downtown plant in 2022. CSU is preparing reclamation plans to clean up the entire downtown Drake site. Even though natural gas is expected to peak in price this winter, the city said that the cost of operations and maintenance for large generators at the site made it more economical to switch to modular generators as the entire Drake site is closed down.

Pikes Peak Women Podcast  Focuses on Military Moms

On today's Elevating Pikes Peak Women,  we’re discussing being a military spouse in Colorado Springs.

Host Mary Lou Makepeace interviews two different military spouses, Magdalena Dover and Shannon Soto. They discuss their experiences as military spouses, the differences in branches, moving with a family, and much more in this episode we've titled Military Moms.
Listen to this podcast on Studio 809 HERE.

You can also find this podcast on these other links:  
Apple HERE.
Spotify HERE
Subscribe for more episodes, and reach out to us on Facebook HERE, or Email Us and let us know what you thought of today’s episode. We’re on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and many other platforms.
We’ve got another great episode coming to you soon! Make sure to subscribe!

Special thanks to Studio 809 Supporter and Community Partner,

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

Concrete Couch Announces Fall Schedule

Concrete Couch will start a series of free fall classes at Concrete Coyote Park, 1100 S. Royer. The programs begin Sept. 10, but please sign up as early as possible as some classes may fill up.

MONDAYS – Citizen Science, 3-4 p.m., contact
MONDAYS – Bike Program, 4:30-5:30 p.m., contact
TUESDAYS – Trails, 3:30-5:00 p.m., contact
TUESDAYS – Jam Band, 5:00-7:00 p.m., contact
WEDNESDAY – Tree Care, 400-6:00 p.m., contact
SATURDAY – Grab bag, 9:00-11:00 a.m., contact
SUNDAYS – Stories on the Land, 3:00-5:00 p.m. (second Sunday of the month only), contact

RSVPs for all classes are at the Concrete Couch web site calendar,


September Members’ Meeting on Youth Activist Training Recap

We are planning a late-afternoon potluck and get-together on September 24 for PPJPC members to be held at Knights of Columbus Hall from 5:15 to 8:00 p.m. KoC Hall is immediately behind the main Penrose Public Library at 20 N. Cascade. This event planned to take place around the Sept. 21 International Day of Peace. We will hold an annual meeting in early 2023, but in the meantime, we will update members on our work during 2022. Now that Covid restrictions have eased, we hope you can join us for face-to-face conversations!


Peak Environment Podcast 92 Looks at Applying Green Standards to Stormwater Infrastructure

Stormwater management is a critical environmental concern for a large urban area like Colorado Springs. City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise Manager Richard Mulledy discusses the city’s new green infrastructure standards for development and redevelopment. He also shares some planned and some completed capital projects, and gives us an overview of the strategic vision of the Stormwater Enterprise. 

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

You’ll find Podcast 92 here:

Also, check out Podcast 91 on native plants and the 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



Copyright © 2022 Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, All rights reserved.
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp