Saturday, June 6, 2009

Green Hall of Fame

Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission and Green Cities Coalition launched a new "Green Hall of Fame" in honor of the UN's World Environment Day June 5. PPJPC Executive Director Steve Saint shared MC honors with Clear Channel's Chris Brooks, in an event at the Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College. The three initial recipients (below) were local businessman and former City Council member Richard Skorman; Mark Joyous, founder of Global View Foundation/Earthseeds; and local open-space advocate Annie Oatman-Gardner the still from the top video is Chris Brooks, not Skorman, whose wife accepted for him).

After a cocktail hour sponsored by Bristol Brewing and Whole Foods, the awards were preceded by speeches from James "Jay" Amato of UN Association, who talked about the U.S.'s less than admirable role with Kyoto and other treaties; Carrie McCausland, the City of Colorado Springs' Sustainability Coordinator, who listed new efforts the city is making even in a recessionary year; Manitou Springs Mayor Eric Drummond (below), who talked about the many reasons why the small town west of Colorado Springs is re-defining sustainable city and walkable community; Larry Patterson, utilities director in the City of Fountain, discussing how Fountain is ratcheting up recyclables; and County Commissioner Dennis Hisey, reminding people of the important hazardous waste recycling facility east of town.

When you're in a heavily-military town like Colorado Springs, there's bound to be continuing controversy. Patterson made sure to mention how Fort Carson's 5th Brigade and Pinon Canyon expansions, currently on hold, would help the region, despite their very non-sustainable nature; and Hisey talked about how different assumptions have to drive military and industrial needs. But all in all, it was an auspicious inuagural event for Green Hall of Fame.

1 comment:

Ruth said...

I hope it will be a meaningful incentive for your community.

I'm still digging through WiserEarth to find local sustainability projects. I might end up just joining an organic farmer/gardener group in Ann Arbor.

I wish more cities would go for the LED traffic and street lights. I'm sure it's expensive.