Projects and Programs
The City of Boulder's Department of Climate Initiatives provides a variety of programs and services to advance the community towards its climate and sustainability goals.
- Energy Impact Offset Fund: A pathway for marijuana facilities to offset the intensive energy use while funding increased local renewable energy and keeping revenue local
- Marijuana Facilities Energy Requirements: Licensed medical marijuana and recreational marijuana cultivation facilities are required to Report Energy Use to the City of Boulder and comply with renewable energy requirements
- Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE): A business sustainability advising service that provides free technical support to Boulder businesses and helps them achieve their sustainability goals
- Greenhouse Gas Inventory: A community inventory of Boulder's greenhouse gas emissions
- Boulder Measures: The city's open data dashboard, including the GHG inventory, local generation inventory and waste diversion inventory.
- Bears: Urban wildlife conservation project that aims to ensure bears and humans can safely co-exist.
- Boulder Pollinator Garden Project: A program to encourage the creation of high quality pollinator habitat throughout Boulder, both on public and private properties.
- Climate Ecosystems and Community Report : This community report outlines 2018 city and community efforts to address the connections between climate change, climate action, community, and ecosystems
- Forestry: Management of approximately 51,000 public trees in city parks and street rights-of-way
- Integrated Pest Management Program : IPM considers the entire web of life within the ecosystem, working with natural processes to keep populations of all living things, including pests, in balance
- Local Food: The city's cross-departmental efforts to support sustainable food production practices, equitable access to healthy food, and regional efforts to create a strong and resilient food system
- Boulder Building Performance: An ordinance to reduce energy use and improve the quality of Boulder’s commercial and industrial building stock by requiring rating and reporting (R&R) and energy efficiency measures
- Comfort365: A partnership between the City of Boulder and Boulder County’s EnergySmart Program to provide residents with a cleaner, more efficient, and more comfortable option to cool and heat their homes
- Energy Conservation Code: Energy and sustainability code requirements for new construction, additions and building renovations
- EnergySmart: A program that provides free and discounted energy efficiency advising services and rebates to residents and businesses
- Energy loans from Elevations Credit Union: Low interest loans to make energy upgrades for your home or business
- SmartRegs: A series of ordinances that supports tenant comfort and reduced energy waste by requiring all rental housing to meet a basic energy efficiency standards
Local Power (Municipalization)
- Local Power: The city's long-term effort to create a municipal electric utility in order to democratize, decarbonize and decentralize electricity in Boulder
- Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations: An overview of electric vehicle incentives and charging options around Boulder
- Solar Grant and Rebate Programs: Programs that support Boulder residents, businesses and nonprofits in financing solar power installations at their homes, businesses and facilities
- Solar Home Page: Information on solar in Boulder
- Solar Strategy : A strategy to focus internal resources on the most effective tactics to maximize solar uptake, create opportunities for under-served populations, increase local renewable energy generation, and support economic vitality and a resilient community
- Boulder Energy Challenge: A grant program to foster innovative solutions from the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Outreach and Engagement
- CU Energy Green Team: A collaborative program with the University of Colorado Environmental Center to foster peer-to-peer education in student-heavy neighborhoods about energy efficiency and Boulder's energy goals.
- Resilient Boulder: City strategy and programs to prepare for and respond effectively to stress such as flood, wildfires, violence or illness
- Zero Waste Home Page: Programs and policies to reduce waste in Boulder, including the Universal Zero Waste Ordinance, which requires composting and recycling throughout our community
- Zero Waste Regulations: Information on the city's Universal Zero Waste Ordinance, Trash Tax and Disposable Bag Fee
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