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Earth Month 2019

Boulder celebrates the environment year-round, but April is an opportunity to spotlight the many great sustainability efforts happening across the city and the community.

Earth Month 2019​While the city is focusing its 2019 Climate Commitment action areas on resources — materials, water and food — there are many opportunities for residents to get involved in all the climate action areas of energy, ecosystems and resources.

Want to know more about what you can do to celebrate Earth Month? Here are some actions you can take this month.

10 Actions You Can Take for Earth Month

1. Be a friend to the trees

Our urban tree canopy is an important part of our local ecosystem. Our canopy is currently threatened by emerald ash borer (EAB). Learn more about the city’s Tree-Imagine Boulder campaign, sign up to get a free or discounted tree for your yard and learn how to become a tree tender.

2. Consider going solar powered 

Local solar reduces emissions, can save you money and helps create local jobs. Adding solar to your home has never been easier. Find more resources to help you get started or apply for city solar grant funding, available to eligible applicants through April 30.

3. Take climate action in your backyard

Eco-Cycle and the City of Boulder are partnering to conduct a three-year study exploring the potential for carbon sequestration on urban landscapes—residential backyards, parks and other open spaces. Want to participate in this study? You can become a carbon farmer and help test methods to reverse climate change at home.

4. Be water smart

Water is an important resource in our dry climate. Practice smart water habits like shorter showers, running full dishwasher loads and replacing thirsty bluegrass with drought tolerant flowers and grasses. Not sure where to start? Our water conservation programs can help.

5. Recycle and compost 

Take an extra minute when sorting at the bin. It matters what goes where! The recycling center, landfill and compost sites are all separate, and they rely on you to sort materials to ensure they go to the right place. You can learn easy sorting tips in the city’s Sorting 101 video, take the fun approach with an interactive sorting quiz or learn more about the facilities for those hard-to-recycle materials.

6. Get around town in an eco-friendly way

There are lots of ways to get around Boulder and beyond with a lower carbon footprint. Taking the bus, biking or walking to your destination even once a month can make a difference.

7. Make smart cooling choices

Another potentially record-setting summer of high temperatures is right around the corner and many in Boulder do not have cooling. There are many ways to improve your cooling, including adding insulation and using a smart thermostat, but if you’re thinking about adding cooling, consider an all-electric heat pump. Heat pumps can save you money on cooling in the summer and also heat your home in the winter. Personal advising and rebates are available through the Comfort365 program.

8. Celebrate and protect pollinators

Join the movement and get tips on creating a beautiful garden where pollinators will thrive or add your existing garden to the map.

9. Attend a city event during Earth Month

Whether you want to go for a guided hike, learn about plastics or get gardening tips, the city has events for you! You can also find out more about what many city departments are doing all at once at the What’s Up Boulder event.

10. Find events happening across the Boulder community

The Boulder.Earth site and community calendar has events happening in Boulder and beyond to celebrate Earth Month.