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Sustainability and Resilience at Chautauqua

Chautauqua

The Colorado Chautauqua Historic District is one of Boulder's most beloved and significant landmarks. However, climate change and other environmental factors pose serious risks to Boulder, and Chautauqua is no exception. In 2019, the City of Boulder and the Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA) partnered to begin creating a Chautauqua Sustainability & Resilience Strategy to determine how this landmark can best be preserved for future generations. 

Over the next year, the project will identify site vulnerabilities and sensitive historic resources while developing a long-term plan for achieving sustainability and resilience at Chautauqua. The resulting strategy will serve as a model of sustainable practices for the community and historic districts around the country. 

View the project charter pdf

Upcoming Community Events 

Community feedback is key to the success of this project. City and CCA staff will host public events where community members can provide input as the strategy is developed. 

Tuesday, Oct. 8 - Open House 

Learn more about the vulnerabilities staff and consultant Resilient Analytics have identified through the first step of the project, ask questions and share your thoughts on resiliency at Chautauqua at an open house. 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Community House at Chautauqua in the Grand Assembly (main floor). 

Tuesday, Nov. 13 - Open House 

A second opportunity to earn more about the vulnerabilities staff and consultant Resilient Analytics have identified through the first step of the project, ask questions and share your thoughts on resiliency at Chautauqua at an open house. 4 to 6 p.m. at the Brenton Building, 1136 Alpine St. Grounf floor conference room (enter at the south entrance, located off North Street). 

Additional open houses will take place for the second and third steps of the project in December and February. Details will be posted here. 

What Kinds of Vulnerabilities Does Chautauqua Face?

The Chautauqua Sustainability & Resilience Strategy will identify vulnerabilities related to:

  • Historic buildings, structures and landscapes 
  • Wildfires
  • Flooding 
  • Erosion
  • Water conservation 
  • Stormwater management 
  • Ecosystem fragility

The project will also explore opportunities related to sustainable power generation. 

Serving as a Environmental Resiliency Model 

The Colorado Chautauqua has committed to becoming a leader in environmentally sustainable practices for National Historic Landmarks. The Chautauqua Sustainability & Resilience Strategy will serve as a model for sustainable historic preservation practices. Learn more about sustainability at Chautauqua

Project Timeline

Phase 1 of the project involves three steps that will take place over the next year:

  1. Identification of vulnerabilities and opportunities 
  2. Development of options for addressing vulnerabilities and opportunties 
  3. Development of the Chautauqua Sustainability & Resilience Strategy 

The draft of the completed strategy will be presented to City Council for review in 2020. 

Phase 2 will include the implementation of the strategy recommendations over the following 2-5 years. 

Questions?

Contact Clare Brandt at 303-441-1994 or [email protected]

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