The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CSIS) led the Colorado Sustainable Communities Workshop on July 14, 2011 at the Donavon Pavilion in Vail, CO. This event provided a chance for five Colorado communities to come together in one location to discuss their energy use and carbon footprints and prioritize sustainable actions.
This event is part of CSIS’ ongoing program on sustainable communities developed in partnership with Wal-mart and the Colorado Municipal League. CSIS has been working with Colorado communities on conducting sustainable energy assessments and greenhouse gas inventories since 2005.
Among the 2011 participants were representatives from the City of Lakewood, City of Montrose, Town of Vail, Eagle County, and Ouray & San Miguel Counties. Both local government staff and policy makers (i.e. council members, county commissioners) interested in pursuing the sustainability actions participated in the workshop.
The workshop included welcome remarks from Sam Mamet (Executive director of CML), an overview of methodology from Dr. Anu Ramaswami (Director of CSIS-UC Denver), lunch-time remarks from Josh Phair (Project Sponsor, Wal-mart) and student-led group discussions among each of the communities. Feedback from the participants indicated a need for dialogue an exchange, such as that provided in this workshop. The group plans to meet in a year to update each other and share lessons learned in implementing sustainability actions