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Circular City of Boulder: Community Visioning Event

Envisioning Circular Boulder

Imagine a city that functions like an ecosystem. No waste. No impacts. Self-sufficient. Resilient and regenerative by design. This is the idea of a circular city, a concept that goes beyond incremental improvement and aims for a holistic and fundamental rethinking of the way we do things. Circularity is catching on globally and here in Boulder we are also committed to making a circular transition, but we need your help in visioning what this transition should look like and how to take it forward in a way that improves our city for everyone who lives here. The event will take place at the Open Space & Mountain Parks Hub at 2520 55th St, Boulder, 80301.

Just how circular is Boulder now?

Over the past few months, the City of Boulder and Metabolic have been working to develop a holistic picture of how circular Boulder is, where the current resource system is resulting in key problems or hotspots, and where there might be opportunities for closing material, energy, or water cycles locally. During this event, city staff and partners will present the results of thework so far, introduce some of the exciting initiatives taking place around the world, and then work with community members to create a vision for how this can work for Boulder.

How to participate

Join our visioning event on November 13th to help co-create the vision for a circular Boulder. However, if you are unable to attend and would still like to be involved, let us know! We will create a way for you to contribute outside of the event as well.


  • 5:00-5:30 p.m. Welcome, coffee, tea, and snacks.
  • 5:30-5:45 p.m. Introductory presentation by the city (Jamie Harkins & Kara Mertz).
  • 5:45-6:15 p.m. Presentation by Metabolic on the circularity of Boulder and other examples from around the  world (Erin Kennedy & Liz Corbin).
  • 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Visioning workshop by theme
  • 7:15 - 7:30 p.m. Closing & next steps
  • 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Optional drinks and discussion


Climate Mobilization Action Plan

This event is part of the overall engagement efforts during development of the Climate Mobilization Action Plan, or CMAP. Boulder is already facing the effects of climate change. Because of this, City Council recently declared a climate emergency, and the city is committed to creating a new phase of climate action, more ambitious than ever before. We're in the process to develop a community-led climate action plan that will set new targets and identify short- and long-term actions that everyone can benefit from. Learn more and get involved at