Fort Carson Honors Installation and Community Leaders in Sustainability

by John W. Olson on December 3, 2011

Anneliesa Barta of Sustainable Fort Carson provided the following from the Colorado Sustainability Conference on November 17 and 18 of 2011. Each year, Fort Carson honors Installation personnel and community stakeholders with Sustainability Awards from Fort Carson. I was one of the honored recipients of the award this year. This was a tremendous honor not only to receive the award but to be in the company of so many great “Sustainability Warriors” in the community and on Fort Carson.

Frank Kinder of Colorado Spring Utilities accepting a Sustainability Award from Fort Carson.

The following Fort Carson personnel and community stakeholders received Sustainability awards from Fort Carson at the recent Colorado Sustainability Conference held in Colorado Springs.

Frank Kinder, an alumnus of Sustainable Fort Carson, currently works at Colorado Springs Utilities focusing on Commercial Water Conservation Rebates and Programs, promoting water conservation and sustainability in the Pikes Peak Region. Frank was instrumental in the certification of Colorado’s first EPA WaterSense Certified Home which also achieved U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes Gold and EnergyStar certifications.

Landscape Architect and Urban Designer John Olson, who works with the Sustainable Fort Carson Team, is a strong proponent for holistic Sustainability and Smart Growth. He serves on the Colorado Springs Downtown Review Board, as the Vice-Chair of the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority and was recently appointed to the Mayor’s Streetscape Solutions Team.

Bob Mooney integrates the Installation’s sustainability and Net Zero goals in the decisions he makes every day as Project Director at Balfour Beatty Communities. He implemented landscape modifications for future neighborhoods that resulted in 65% decrease in water needs, increased residential recycling from 5 tons per month to 21 tons per month, and diverted thousands of tons of appliances, concrete, asphalt, carpet padding from the landfill.

Ann and Eric Fetsch, both individually and as a team, champion people and the built environment through service to Catamount Institute, USGBC and through mentorship and advocacy in the Pikes Peak region. Recent success include planning and implementing the certification of the first LEED H show home in Colorado, and a Sustainability Bike tour of Colorado Springs that showcased the city’s many sustainable features.

Colonel Jonathan Gibbs and USAG Fort Carson Religious Support Office showed outstanding leadership and support of Fort Carson’s Net Zero goals through their “Green Chapel Initiative.” With the theme “Good Stewards of God’s Creation” they educate chapel communities about recycling, reducing electricity water consumption and ridesharing.

Donald P. (Phil) Chase achieved an 80 percent waste diversion rate for Peterson Air Force Base where he also oversees a successful green procurement program. His efforts in recycling scrap metal have earned over a million dollars for a Qualified Recycling Program. Chase is currently developing composting methods, to date resulting in a 25 percent reduction of organic waste in Peterson dining facilities.

Greg Willis and the team at the Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club saves more than 20 million gallons of water each year through water conservation innovations. The team continues to show their dedication to preserving natural resources by re-using asphalt from old paths, composting grass clippings and recycling. Jessica Frank, Fort Carson’s Directorate of Public Works stormwater program manager, works with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve stormwater drainage designs that will benefit the Post for years to come. Her efforts help reduce pollution runoff from construction sites into the Fountain Creek watershed and protects the community from stormwater pollution.

Carrie McCausland, sustainability coordinator for the City of Colorado Springs, educates about sustainability through inspirational “lunch and learns” events, projects such as the Urban Forest Tree Tour, mural painting along Interstate 25, City Hall garden, and the “Green Greetings” newsletter that reaches 5000 stakeholders. Her passion for recycling lead to the successful implementation of recycling bins in downtown Colorado Springs.

Nick Kittle, manager of Innovation and Sustainability at City of Colorado Springs, is the co-founder of the city’s “Green Team”. Under his direction, the city received $4 million in grant funds to support energy efficiency, and was recognized as having one of the largest municipal biodiesel programs in the nation. Through a combination of initiatives, Nick was instrumental in reducing emissions in the Pikes Peak region by more than 5 million pounds of carbon dioxide, saving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars.

Captain Daniel J. Kull, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson, added sustainability awareness training that reaches approximately 9,000 Soldiers each year on topics such as recycling, reduction of energy use, and use of sustainable transportation. He also established a free bike share program that provides mobility and cost savings to Soldiers and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.


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