Earth Day CSU Utilities Board Meeting


Blue River Board Room
5th Floor of South Tower in
Plaza of the Rockies 121 S. Tejon Street

 12pm: Meet at Poor Richards before the meeting to discuss if you can!

Earth Day.  What comes to your mind?

Earth Day. 24 of every 8766 hours in a year in which we celebrate our home and offer tokens of appreciation to the water, earth, air, and life that sustain us.

This Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22) could be more.  It could be.  This Earth Day could be HUGE!  Or not.  It’s up to you.  Yes, YOU.  I know, commitment is a dirty word.  Work, endless emails, family, bills, hectic life — I know, I know, I know.  But this EARTH DAY could make history in Colorado Springs.  It really could. If you want it to.


This Wednesday — EARTH DAY —  April 22nd, 2015 is the Colorado Springs Utilities Board meeting.  The two recently elected Utilities Board (City Council) members will be there getting their initial indoctrination to their new role.  BORING you say?  Perhaps.  But this Wednesday, this EARTH DAY is an opportunity to make history.  If you want to.

Tell Me How Already!

Colorado Springs Utilities consumers can speak for up to three minutes at the beginning of every Utilities Board meeting.

IMAGINE: The first hour of the meeting ON EARTH DAY is citizen after citizen standing up for three minutes to talk about our energy future.  Twenty people — that’s all it would take.  Twenty people standing up before the board — wearing GREEN, earnest and clear:


WE DEMAND CLEAN ENERGY. Yes, LOTS of it (50% at least!)


Just imagine.  It would be a day the Utilities Board would not soon forget… an hour (two?) of person after person, calmly and earnestly demanding a different tune from this board that has played the same, lung-thrashing song for decades.

This Earth Day we have an opportunity.  Together, our voices are amplified.  But it depends on you.

Will you do it?  Will you speak to the utility board for one to three minutes? Will you wear GREEN?   I am going, but I am only one.  Will you join me?  Will you encourage others to do the same?

The Utilities Board meets this Wednesday (April 22) at 1 p.m. in the Blue River Board Room on the fifth floor of the South Tower in the Plaza of the Rockies (121 S. Tejon Street). We will meet at Poor Richards at noon beforehand and walk as a group to the meeting.  Signs & air masks will help us make a dramatic show as we make our case for clean energy; we’ll have supplies for those interested.
What if one person goes?  Two people?  Three? Can you imagine three?  Even if physics prevented you from attending in person, what if city council member emails and phone lines are filled hour after hour with a simple message:


WE DEMAND CLEAN ENERGY. Yes, LOTS of it (50% at least!)


Wow.  People power.

Contact all council members by email at or by calling (719) 385-5986.  Find direct phone numbers here.
Remember to wear GREEN!

See you there.

What do we want from City Council in their role as managers of Colorado Springs Utilities’ energy and water operations?  Here are a few ideas…. feel free to borrow or speak to whatever comes to your heart and mind!

  • I want CSU to reduce wasteful energy consumption.
  •  I want CSU to stop wasting my money on antiquated, inefficient power plants that continue to pollute the air and warm our Earth.
  • I want CSU to stop compromising the health of my family by burning fossil fuels.
  • I want CSU to realize that “lowest cost power” should not mean sacrificing our air and our health with pollution.
  • I want the city to have a long-term energy plan to have 50% of our energy come from renewable energy sources by 2030.


A Navajo prayer goes… “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, but borrow it from our children.” I want my elected officials to know we are too deeply in debt with the decisions of our past; we cannot afford any more loans for fossil fuels.

Prove you are not morally bankrupt by standing with us. Prove you are not beholden to the Big Money that paid for your allegiance. Prove you care for those who will outlive you. Prove through your action.  Invest in renewable energy.  Invest in energy efficiency. Invest in the future of this city.  Invest in us.

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

“A choir is made up of many voices, including yours and mine. If one by one all go silent then all that will be left are the soloists. Don’t let a loud few determine the nature of the sound. It makes for poor harmony and diminishes the song.”  Vera Nazarian

“I am a strong individualist by personal habit, inheritance, and conviction; but it is a mere matter of common sense to recognize that the State, the community, the citizens acting together, can do a number of things better than if they were left to individual action.”  Theodore Roosevelt

Colorado Energy Expo

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 8 AM – 5 PM

Denver, Colorado


This is the second year for this free public expo in Denver.  It features speakers and exhibitors from across the entire spectrum of Colorado’s energy industry from fossil to renewable as well as efficiency.


For more information see


Sustainnovation 2015

The Office of Sustainability at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) organized the 3rd annual Sustainnovation conference which was held on April 10th, 2015.  The theme this year was Climate Disruption.  SECRES had a booth at the conference.  A steady flow of students and community members came by to talk about renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Sustainnovation Panorama
The conference opened with a talk on the evening before from Winona LaDuke, a well known author, speaker and activist working for environmental causes and Native American justice.  During panel discussions UCCS students and faculty highlighted the great work going on at UCCS.  Keynote presentations from James White, Ph.D. (professor of Geological Sciences, CU Boulder) and Jennifer Cross, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, CSU) provided a wealth of information on climate change and how to influence the public to take action.  Dr. White’s presentation was similar to one he gave in 2014.  Dr. Cross has a TED talk here.

Dr. Kutscher Talks to a Full House

Climate Change: The Latest Science, Why It’s Serious, and What We Can Do About It

Dr. Chuck Kutscher at Penrose Library in Colorado Springs, Feb 24th, 2015

100 Colorado Springs residents turned out to learn about climate change from Dr. Charles (Chuck) Kutscher, Director of the Buildings and Thermal Systems Center at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  The presentation was co-sponsored by Colorado Renewable Energy Society, and Pikes Peak Chapter, IEEE.  It was held at the Carnegie Room, Penrose Library, Colorado Springs.KutscherCloseupSM

Kutscher Presentation

Climate change from fossil fuel emissions is happening today.  Our understanding of the science of climate change and our ability to predict its potential effects on our habitat has increased substantially over the past several years. The Pentagon identifies climate change as a major cause of global destabilization. Addressing this challenge will require a combination of adaptation and a rapid transition away from carbon-based energy sources.


Dr. Kutscher’s presentation is available online.

The Chasing Ice trailer video shown can be located here.  Watch for the full film to be shown at UCCS on April 20th, 2015.


Colorado Springs Independent reporter Matthew Schniper interviewed Dr. Kutscher in his office at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden.  The print edition contained an abridged version of the interview.  Now the full interview is available online.

If you are interested in a textual summary of the presentation see the Jefferson County CRES chapter (JCRES) section of the December CRES newsletter.


Electric Power for Municipal Utilities; what does the future hold?

Colorado Springs, May 7th

In spite of a major hail storm, a great crowd turned out for this.

The landscape of electrical power generation is changing more dramatically today than in the last 130 years, and the impact on municipal utilities is significant.  Rising mining costs, new gas supplies from fracturing, plummeting solar and wind costs, antiquated power grids and health/environmental/climate impacts and regulations are just some of the issues driving this change.

Colorado State University Extension and the Southeast Colorado Renewable Energy Society (SECRES) will be co-hosting a panel discussion entitled “Municipal Electric Utilities: What Does the Future Hold” to identify the opportunities and challenges for municipal utilities in clean and renewable electricity. The discussion will be held at the El Paso County Extension Office – 17 N. Spruce St. in Colorado Springs – on Thursday May 7 from 6-8pm.

Introduction: Jan Martin, 2 term Colorado Springs City

  • Moderator: Cary Weiner, Colorado State University Extension
  • Panelist: Jim Riggins, Colorado Renewable Energy Society
  • Panelist: Vince Guthrie, Fort Carson
  • Panelist: John Romero, Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Panelist: Dan Hodges, Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities
  • Panelist: Norm Weaver, Fort Collins Utilities

Colorado State University’s Faces of Energy photo exhibit will be shown. The traveling exhibit is intended to tell the story of energy in Colorado through the eyes of its citizens. Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks will be served from 6:00 – 6:20pm with the panel running from 6:20 – 7:40pm and the event closing at 8pm.

Registration by Monday, May 4 is required in order to attend and $5 suggested donations will be accepted at the door. For more information and to register, visit

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