Ecosystem Management

The City of Boulder has deep roots in environmental stewardship, carefully managing city properties to protect the environment and the ecosystems throughout urban and open space lands. The city also manages public spaces for the safety and wellbeing of our community by reducing and eliminating pesticides (insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc.), synthetic fertilizers and other toxic compounds that can cause health issues in people, contaminate our waterways, negatively impact biodiversity and harm our environment.

The city constantly strives to improve management practices, particularly in light of the climate and biodiversity crises. The Ecosystem Management program is interdisciplinary across city departments and works closely with the Climate Initiatives Department to develop natural solutions, with particular attention to carbon draw down into healthy and thriving soils and vegetation to support pollinators and other wildlife, which helps to stem biodiversity loss, while creating a beautiful and livable city.

This program partners with research scientists, community leaders, non-profit organizations, schools, businesses and other local governments to provide resources and offer programs to residents to improve public health and implement sustainable practices on private property.