It’s been a rough week here in Denver, since Sunday’s Super Bowl thrashing, in which the Seattle Seahawks beat our Broncos 43-8.

The city streets after the game were cold and empty. Monday morning office conversations contained words like “awful,” “painful” and “depressing.” Facebook posts became bitter Peyton indictments. The “United in Orange” signs around the city have come down.

It’s true, that game was no fun—but here are a few things to be eco-happy about in and around the Mile High City these days:

  1. Thanks to Bicycle Colorado, the flood-impacted state highways in the Boulder area are not only re-opened but now open to cyclists as well.
  2. Last fall, voters in three Colorado cities—Boulder, Fort Collins and Lafayette—all approved measures that either banned or placed a moratorium on the practice of hydraulic fracturing, which has been shown to pollute the air and waterways.
  3. People are driving less in Colorado, according to a CoPIRG report, with annual vehicle miles traveled per person down by 11.4 percent since 2005.
  4. With Denver honored in 2012 as the nation’s first “Solar Friendly Community,” Colorado’s five largest cities are now on board with policies to earn the same recognition from the Solar Friendly Communities program.
  5. On April 30, the Colorado Chapter of EcoWomen will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its inaugural chapter event in 2013. Happy first birthday, Colorado EcoWomen!

This info might not be able to cheer up Mr. Manning, but it should cheer up Rocky Mountain environmentalists.