Sense of Place

Acknowledging the intricacies of Colorado is critical if we are to build roots in this community and fully appreciate all that it takes to live in Colorado Springs. By fostering a deeper sense of our geography, we can build a more connected, conscious, and resilient community. Join the Office of Sustainability on all the Sense of Place trips to deepen your knowledge about the world you live in.

Upcoming Sense of Place Tours

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Explore the complex system of reservoirs, pipelines, and pump stations that feed water to Colorado Springs from over the mountains. Visit the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs for a glimpse of how water is used for recreation, and visit local farms on the Lower Arkansas River to understand agricultural water issues. This three-day, two-night trip includes lodging and soaking at the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, a hike around Hoosier Pass, and other interesting locations. We hope you are excited about the Water Tour! This is one of the most popular SOP trips that the OOS offers. It will be an awesome trip, with tons of behind-the-scenes tours of places you typically don't get to see. 

Included in this Trip: All food & drink, lodging, and transportation 


Date: Sept. 21-23
Time: Sept. 21 at 1 pm - Sept. 23 at 5 pm 

Deadline to Register: Sept. 16 
Max # of Participants: 20

Cost: $45/person 
* Contingent on attendance, for those that are considered FA levels 1,2, & 3 - the cost of the trip will be refunded to your account after the trip ends.


Registration for this trip is open - Register Here 

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Join Central Plant Supervisor Justin Porter for a tour of CC's Central Plant to explore CC's energy infrastructure and to see how the temperature is regulated throughout the many buildings on campus. NEW this year - this tour will continue underground through CC's tunnels! The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hrs and will give participants a chance to see the campus boilers, chillers, and tunnels. 

** We are hosting two sessions, both will cover the same information. If none of these times work for you, Excel@CC is also hosting additional sessions. 


Date: Dec. 7 
Time: 1-2:30 PM

Deadline to Register: Dec. 5 
Max # of Participants: 18

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Date: Apr. 18
Time: 1-2:30 PM

Deadline to Register: Apr. 14
Max # of Participants: 18 


Registration for DEC 7 session is open - Register Here 
Registration for APR 18 session is open - Register Here 

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Out of sight, but not out of mind. A behind-the-scenes opportunity to see where CC's recycling goes after it leaves the campus. Learn why it is important to divert your waste into the correct waste streams.  Discover how your 'trash' starts a whole new cycle once you're done with it.


Date: Feb. 15
Time: 1:30-3:00 PM

Deadline to Register: Feb. 13
Max # of Participants: 20


Registration for this trip is open - Register Here 

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