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  • Climate Initiatives Department

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
  • Energy loans from Clean Energy Credit Union: Low-interest loans to make energy upgrades for your home or business through EnergySmart
  • 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 Director of Climate Initiatives

1101 Arapahoe Ave.

Boulder, CO 80302


[email protected]

Jonathan Koehn

[email protected]