History of the PPR 2030 and PASF
In 2002, Fort Carson established its long-term sustainability goals for the installation with help from the community at the region’s first annual sustainability conference. To build on Fort Carson’s foundational work on sustainability and to assist the installation in meeting its sustainability goals, an ad hoc group of Fort Carson representatives and community leaders began a broader, more inclusive effort to address sustainability region-wide. This group, called SNaPP (Sustainability Action Plan for the Pikes Peak region), circulated a Statement of Commitment Letter (LINK TO PDF OF STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT) for regional sustainability to thirty community organizations, businesses, local governments, and non-profits to sign. This commitment from these entities was the foundation for a collaborative regional sustainability planning process.
In May 2010, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) was designated as the lead agency to work with governmental, private, and non-profit leaders to establish a structured approach for a more expansive conversation and develop sustainability goals for the region. With federal and local funding , PPACG launched the Pikes Peak Regional Sustainability Project, a consensus-based collaborative process to create the region’s first long-term sustainability plan. The Pikes Peak Regional Sustainability Project was launched in August 2010 and a Consensus Committee, comprised of elected officials, community and business leaders, was formed to be the oversight committee.
Over a two-year period, the Consensus Committee and working groups identified 20-year stretch goals and high-level strategies to improve the lives of current and future generations and preserve the region’s natural resources. The tireless work of these dedicated individuals resulted in the region’s first sustainability plan – Looking to Our Future: Pikes Peak Region 2030 (PPR 2030) (LINK TO PDF) – completed and finalized in March 2012.
In April 2012, the Consensus Committee approved the final PPR 2030 and agreed to the formation of a Transition Team tasked with identifying a permanent home, funding source(s) and governance structure for the implementation and advancement of the PPR 2030. In September 2012, the Transition Team agreed that the best path forward for advancing the PPR 2030 would be to: apply for fiscal sponsorship through the Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF); form a six-person Advisory Board to oversee and guide the process; develop a business plan; and to work on securing funding for a permanent staff position to continue coordination and progress on the PPR 2030.
In November 2012, the PPCF approved the application for fiscal sponsorship for the Pikes Peak Regional Sustainability Project, which changed its name in January 2013 to Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future.