This weekend, Colorado Springs will host two city-sponsored Earth Day events aimed at keeping the city clean and sustainable.
The city will kick off its celebration of Earth Day (Saturday, April 22) with the “Great American Cleanup,” during which around 1,500 volunteers will work to clean sites from Monument to Fountain.
The sites set to be cleaned during the event include parks, trails and waterways at 23 locations in and around Colorado Springs, according to a city news release. The event — which is being organized in partnership with El Paso County, Colorado Springs Utilities and Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful — will kick off at 9 a.m. at Bear Creek Regional Park with an address from Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.
Also on Saturday, the city’s Office of Sustainability will host a “Sustainafest Block Party” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its “Sustainacenter” — the event also serves as its grand opening — located at 702-704 E. Boulder St. (near the intersection of Boulder and El Paso streets). The Sustainacenter will lease space to six sustainability-focused nonprofits, including Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, Trails and Open Space Coalition, The Greenway Fund, Colorado Springs Food Rescue Southern Colorado Clean Cities and LocalMotive.
“The Sustainability Committee and related non-profits are doing great things to improve our community,” said Suthers. “They are doing so while staying cost neutral to the City’s general fund. … In some areas, they are even generating revenue. While offering benefit to our community in a number of areas, over time, sustainability initiatives can also promote significant savings of public dollars.”
Bands that are set to perform during the event are Justus League (2:45 p.m.), Mo Mungus (1:30 p.m.), Tenderfoot Bluegrass Band (12:15 p.m.) and The Bureaucrats (11 a.m.).
Food trucks will include The Local, Awaken Food Truck and Potato Potato, according to the news release. Other Colorado Springs-based businesses with a presence at the events are set to include A Garden of Healing Sunlight Solar Energy Inc. and TechWears, as well as nonprofits such as the Catamount Institute, Colorado Springs Food Rescue, Concrete Couch, the Energy Resource Center, the Greenway Fund, Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future, Solar Energy International and the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum.
“The community celebration of Earth Day will feature the opportunity to learn about sustainable practices through various demonstrations and activities as well as live music, local food trucks and family friendly activities,” according to the news release.
Both events are family-friendly, free and open to the public. For more information about the Sustainafest Block Party, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/183100332179092/. For more information about the Great American Cleanup, visit http://www.gacppp.com/event-sites2.html.