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Head's Up! - Jan. 17, 2019

January 17, 2019

Dear City Council Members,

City acquires land to relocate Boulder Fire-Rescue Fire Station #3.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the city completed the purchase of the new site for Fire Station 3. The new fire station will replace the current facility at 1585 30th Street which is in the 100-year flood plain and was identified as outdated and too costly to retrofit. The new station will be located at 2751 and 2875 30th St. and will enable Boulder Fire-Rescue to respond to the increased demand for service along the 30th Street corridor near Valmont and Pearl and will help the department improve response time in this area. The purchase of both parcels was necessary to accommodate the size of the planned station.

Two adjacent properties, totaling 1.858 acres, were purchased from Boulder Junction Rowhouses, LLC, for $9 million. One of the parcels is currently vacant and the other is leased to Boulder RV. The city received good title to the properties that is insured and absent of any lis pendens. The purchase was funded by the voter-approved renewal of the Community, Culture and Safety Tax which passed in November of 2017.

For more information about the purchase, contact city property agent Doug Newcomb at [email protected].

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report Released

The City of Boulder’s 2017 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Summary Report is now available. The city has calculated annual community greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories since 2005. This annual inventory allows the city to track GHG emissions, provide regular updates to the community and measure progress against Climate Commitment goals.

Highlights of the latest report include:

  • A 16 percent reduction in community GHG emissions compared to a 2005 baseline
  • Boulder achieved its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 15 percent three years early, but the bulk of the work is ahead to achieve the 50 percent reduction target by 2030.
  • Since 2005, population has increased 10 percent, but emissions per capita has decreased by 24 percent.
  • This 16 percent emissions reduction was achieved even as GDP increased by 57 percent since 2005.
  • Current Boulder emissions per capita are 14.3 metric tons of carbon dioxide (MT), which is comparable to Denver (15 MT per capita) and Fort Collins (13 MT per capita). This must be reduced to 3 MT per capita to do our part to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees and to achieve the current 2050 community-wide emission reduction goal.
  • While the commercial and industrial sector saw an increase in electricity consumption since 2005, the residential sector has successfully reduced both electricity consumption and natural gas consumption since the baseline.

Going forward, the community must reduce its emissions by ~2.6 percent annually to meet its 2030 goal. This is a lofty goal and will require a combination of the following: increasing renewable energy (on rooftops and on the grid), substantially electrifying vehicles and buildings, driving less, and reducing energy use and waste generation.

More information about the City of Boulder Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Summary Report, including a helpful infographic, can be found at

More data and information on progress can be found on the city’s Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions dashboard on Boulder Measures.

For more information, contact Kimberlee Rankin at 303-441-4227 or [email protected].