Working Groups are created by the initiative of Green Cities Coalition members, who have a desire and commitment to develop coalition-building in an area of interest. Currently we have the following Working Groups: Energy Working Group (EWG), Transportation Working Group (TWG), Water Working Group (WWG), Local Food Working Group (LFWG), the Coalition Building Working Group (CBWG) and the Recycling Coalition.
GCC Steering Committee functions by a charter which defines the scope, goals, objectives and overall approach. This charter is evaluated and updated each year (at the annual meeting).
The current Green Cities Coalition Steering Committee members are: Megan Andreozzi-Harris, Al Brody, Gail Conners, Becky Elder, Kevin Gilford, Scott Harvey, Darlene Jensen, Mark Tremmel and Ingrid Wood. Steve Saint is our part-time coordinator.
During this past year, Local Foods Colorado Springs really kicked off! They were one of the main organizers of Local Food Week, which was a great success. The Energy Working Group, Transportation Working Group and Recycling Coalition had a number of impact-full projects. Check out the complete Green Cities Coalition 2011 Year in Review
The Water Working Group was formed. The Coalition Building Working Group was re-instated in December of 2010. Its purpose is to increase GCC memberships and marketing, efficient use of the new website, and to support GCC administration and housekeeping matters.
The Local Food Working Group was formed. The functions of government relations, education and coalition-building were folded into each working group.
In January, 2008, the SLWG opened the doors for broader participation by holding the first Green City Summit at the Penrose Library. About 125 attended and identified three top priority areas: recycling, renewable energy, and transit.
The charter members of the new Green Cities Coalition of the Pikes Peak Region were Jane Ard-Smith, Art of Engineering, Catamount Institute, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado College, Colorado Springs Conservation Corps, Old Town Bike Shop, Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission and Pikes Peak Mobility Coalition. This website - envisioned as a complete portal for all things green - was launched.
At Green City Summit 2 - held on World Environment Day, June 5, 2008 at the Colorado College Cornerstone Arts Center - working groups were formed around these three issues as well as government relations, education and coalition-building.
After a successful, collaborative Pikes Peak Earth Day in April, 2007, some of the event organizers decided to keep meeting and look for ways to green the region. The Sustainable Living Working Group was convened by the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission and seven people began meeting monthly.