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Projects and Programs

City of Boulder Department of Climate Inititatives 

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. 

Business Sustainability

Data Tracking

  • 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 pdf: 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 pdf: 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
  • Comfort365A 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


  • 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 pdf: 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 TeamA 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

  • 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 RegulationsInformation on the city's Universal Zero Waste Ordinance, Trash Tax and Disposable Bag Fee


Contact Us

Address Phone Email Executive Director

1101 Arapahoe Ave.

Boulder, CO 80302


[email protected]

Steve Catanach

[email protected]