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City of Boulder Announces 2017 Boulder Energy Challenge Winners

The city received 15 applications for the 2017 Boulder Energy Challenge

$157,600 granted to fund four innovative energy projects

The City of Boulder is excited to announce that the following projects have been awarded funding from the 2017 Boulder Energy Challenge innovation grant program:

  • Emissions Reduction Projects:
    • EVmatch: EVmatch Community Charging Network
    • Rocky Mountain Institute: Unlocking Leasing Solutions for Net Zero Energy
  • Community Mobilization Projects:
  • C3 Boulder: Boulder.Earth Community Climate Action Site
  • The Just Transition Collaborative: Toward an Equitable Energy Transition for the City of Boulder

“The energy challenge-funded projects all take an innovate approach to reduce our community climate impact and move us forward on reaching our climate commitment goals,” City of Boulder Sustainability Coordinator Jamie Harkins said. “All the projects specifically address existing barriers to achieving significant emissions reductions.”

The city received 15 applications for the 2017 Boulder Energy Challenge. A team of community evaluators and city staff considered aspects of each project, including potential greenhouse gas emission reductions, renewable energy creation, innovation and scalability before selecting six finalists. These finalists presented at a Community Pitch Night Event at the Boulder Hub Wednesday, Sept. 13, where EVmatch and C3 Boulder each received $1,000 awards based on a tie vote for the public’s favorite presentation.

A total of $157,600 was awarded. Final funding recommendations were based on the entire application process. Boulder Energy Challenge projects are intended to accelerate Boulder’s path to reaching its Climate Commitment goals of an 80 percent reduction in community greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2050 and100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. Funding comes from the Climate Action Plan (CAP) tax.

More information about each of the applicants, funded projects and the program itself is available at

Published: Oct. 10, 2017

Media Contacts:
Jamie Harkins, Climate & Sustainability, 303-441-1846
Alexis Bullen, Climate Communications, 303-441-1878

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