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City of Boulder Awarded $350,000 for Innovative Climate Projects

Mayor Jones with Solar PanelsThe City of Boulder, partnering with other Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) cities, will share a total of $350,000 in grant funding to move forward two innovative climate projects
Boulder also will host climate meeting in 2018

The City of Boulder, partnering with other Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) cities, will share a total of $350,000 in grant funding to move forward two innovative climate projects. One project creates strategies for rapidly accelerating the adoption of renewable heating and cooling systems, and the other develops new language revising energy codes to better promote energy efficiency.

“Partnerships through organizations like CNCA allow us to work with other cities across the globe and maximize resources to tackle this worldwide issue,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Kendra Tupper. “These innovative grant projects will, if successful, help achieve deep emissions reductions not just locally, but nationally and beyond.”

Currently, most homes in Boulder and in many other cities are dependent on non-renewable natural gas, propane and heating oil for heat, and many do not have summer cooling. These projects offer an opportunity for a large climate impact by creating strategies to rapidly accelerate the adoption of renewable heating and cooling systems. 

Project 1: Adoption of Renewable Heating and Cooling
Boulder and city partners New York, Washington D.C. and Burlington, Vt., were awarded $200,000 to support work with all of the major air source heating and cooling companies to jointly develop programs that can support home owners in replacing their fossil fuel-based appliances with high-efficiency, renewable energy-ready heat pumps. Boulder will launch its renewable heating and cooling initiative for local residents in early 2018.

Project 2: Improved HVAC Energy Codes
Along with Seattle and New York, Boulder will share $150,000 to improve the way energy codes evaluate heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) systems to promote energy efficiency. This new compliance methodology would encourage engineers and builders to design innovative high-efficiency systems that would significantly reduce energy usage and fossil fuel consumption. 

CNCA is made up of select group of about 20 cities from across the globe that are seen as the leaders in climate and energy system transformation. In recognition of Boulder’s leadership on climate, the city was announced as the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance meeting location for 2018.

For more information about the city’s ongoing climate and energy effort, including Boulder’s Climate Commitment, visit

About the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance
The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance is a collaboration of international cities committed to achieving aggressive long-term carbon reduction goals. The Alliance aims to address what it will take for leading international cities to achieve these deep emissions reductions and how they can work together to meet their respective goals more efficiently and effectively. More information at

Published: Sept. 28, 2017

Media Contacts:
Brett KenCairn, Climate and Sustainability, 303-441-3272
Alexis Bullen, Climate Communications, 303-441-1878

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