Pikes Peak Regional Sustainability Project
Sustainability is not a new concept for the Pikes Peak region: the seeds of sustainability can be found in the Victory Gardens that grew in our community during World War II. Utilizing creative minds, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a supportive community, excellent work in the realm of sustainability is being accomplished locally by the region’s cities and counties, universities and colleges, and nonprofit groups.
PPACG spearheaded a cooperative sustainability effort that began in August 2010, seeking to complement the sustainability efforts of various organizations and moving forward on a regional collaborative commitment to sustainability. The impetus for this was a statement of commitment letter, which discussed the need for regional collaboration on sustainability and was signed by community leaders, employers, businesses, and nonprofits. Pikes Peak Regional Sustainability partners include volunteers, professionals, and community leaders from nearly 100 organizations who donated thousands of hours to the project.
Looking to Our Future: Pikes Peak Region 2030
The region’s first long-term sustainability plan – Looking to Our Future: Pikes Peak Region 2030 (PPR 2030) – was finalized in March 2012 through a resolution approving the plan. This resolution had the support of elected officials, business leaders, military, universities and nonprofits.
The purpose of PPR 2030 is to serve as a first step in the region for becoming more collaborative, focused, and strategic in our long-term planning. The PPR 2030 focuses on aspirational “stretch goals” and high-level strategies needed to achieve those goals. Stretch goals push everyone to move beyond what is currently being done and can only be achieved if substantially new ideas, approaches, and strategies are pursued. PPR 2030 will help Fort Carson achieve their sustainability goals, and support and build on existing sustainability efforts in the region.
The PPR 2030 is broken into multiple sections: agriculture, arts and culture, built and natural environment (including air and water quality), economic development, education, energy, health, materials management and procurement, transportation, and water quantity. The appendices of PPR 2030 contain a description of the current conditions, indicators that will be used to track progress, data gaps and substrategies based on the high-level strategies discussed in PPR 2030.
Watch the video to learn about some of the region’s sustainability efforts and the PPR 2030. There are two videos, a 5-minute video that provides a snapshot of the project and a 17-minute video that describes each of the projects in more detail.
FAQs about the PPR 2030 can be found here.
With the PPR 2030 complete, PPACG and community partners are working to transition the role of regional sustainability coordination to another organization. In November 2012, the Pikes Peak Regional Sustainability Project (PPRSP) was accepted as a component fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, which shares the goal of PPR 2030 to improve the quality of life in the region. A six-person advisory board will be the governing body of the PPRSP and will advance the mission of PPR 2030, to promote regional sustainability and advance the PPR2030 through regional collaboration and outreach. The Pikes Peak Regional Sustainability Business Plan and Action Plan (2012–2015) are being developed to guide this effort over the next year.
Click here to download past Consensus Committee, focus group, Transition Team, or Advisory Board meeting summaries.