SustainabilityDowntown Colorado Springs is a committed to sustainable practices ensuring that our city’s core grows in a responsible manner in which everyone can live, work and prosper. Sustainability isn’t an initiative that stands on its own – it must be ingrained in nearly every facet of the downtown experience. This includes transit, historic preservation, walkability, planning policies, density, energy efficiency, waste management and more.

We work closely with a wide variety of partners to ensure that our downtown, in the heart of the unparalleled beauty of the Pikes Peak region, is a leader in sustainable practices.

Living Local

There is no better place to live local than downtown. Whether it is shopping at one of our hundreds of independently owned stores or dining at a locally owned, locally sourced resturants, downtown makes it possible to have a smaller footprint. During the summer, the Sunday Market provides locally sourced foods and goods, and donates all left over produce to a pay-what-you-can cafe.  

Walking, Biking and Transit

Colorado Springs has been ranked as one of the fittest Cities in the country, in large part due to our love of outdoor recreation. Downtown hosts a variety of trails and bike routes linking us to all other parts of the City, and allowing for an easy biking or walking commute into Downtown. Bike racks are provided on all Mountain Metro busses and throughout Downtown. Contribute to the Walk, Bike, Connect initiative here.

Waste recycling stations

More than 100 recycling stations are located throughout downtown streets, provided by Greener Corners in partnership with the City of Colorado Springs. Learn more here.

Car charging stations

An electric vehicle charging station is provided in the city parking garage at 130 S. Nevada Ave. (southwest corner of Colorado and Nevada). The charging is free, but regular rates to enter the garage apply. The garage is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Electronics recycling

Blue Star Recyclers, a nonprofit organization, recycles electronics and other materials to provide jobs for people with autism and other disabilities. Their Community Intersections Recycling Center is located at 601 S. Wahsatch Ave. Unit B. For more information, go here.