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The City of Golden Sustainability Department is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Sustainability Awards program. In its ninth year, the awards program continues to recognize community members who are leading the way to a more sustainable future. The awards honor and publicize residents, community groups and nonprofits who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the City’s sustainability goals. The Golden City Council recognized this year’s winners at the April 14 City Council meeting. Among the awardees are students from Golden High School, the Colorado Environmental Film Festival and a local author.
This year’s student Sustainability Award goes to the Golden High School Environment Club for their creation of the school’s first-ever compost program. The new program was made possible through a partnership between the High School, the City, and Alpine Waste. The initial efforts will handle cafeteria waste and include stations in five classrooms. The group also held an Earth Day Fest on April 22 that featured a cleanup event, speakers, and a variety of sustainability booths. The City of Golden applauds the hard working students led by Emmy Adams, as well as their dedicated staff member, Mr. Mendoza, for bringing students together and working on important topics and values.
The Colorado Environmental Film Festival receives the community group Sustainability Award for their zero waste efforts at this year’s film festival and their ongoing commitment to sustainability education. The Film Festival strives to highlight films that leave people feeling that they can be a part of the solution to environmental problems. Their goal is to model sustainability in all areas of the film festival, including reducing waste and providing recycling at screenings and events.
Mr. David Wann, an internationally recognized author, recieves the individual Sustainability Award for his work on publications, films and speeches that address sustainable lifestyles and designs. Wann was also recognized for his efforts in co-designing the local co-housing neighborhood, Harmony Village.
The City Golden encourages the community to show support for these local associations and students for being on the cutting edge of sustainability efforts in Golden. For photos and more information on the award recipients, visit the Golden Sustainability Award page.
After a very successful inaugural year, the Golden Bike Library is now open for a second season, stocked with a larger fleet of bikes.
The Golden Bike Library is a bike share program, where visitors, residents, local employees and students can check out a bike for a limited time to use around town. It is perfect for residents and visitors looking for alternative transportation or recreation, with a variety of bikes designed for a cruise around town or a trek up a Golden trail. The program runs from April through October and provides adult and children’s bikes through a check-out system at the Golden Visitor’s Center, 1010 Washington Ave. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. The first two hours are free; those looking to rent for longer periods pay just $10 per day and may utilize a convenient key-drop box to return bikes after hours. Riders are required to sign a waiver and those under 18 must have a parent signature. A valid ID and credit card is required for rentals.
Bikes come equipped with a lock and helmets are encouraged. Riders receive a Golden Ticket and reusable water bottle with each bike rental. To make a reservation ahead of time and fill out a waiver, visit www.GoldenBikeLibrary.com. Suggested routes, maps, and other Golden information is also available at the Visitor’s Center and online. The Golden Bike Library is operated by the City of Golden and funded through a Federal Transportation Grant.
This unique service is funded through a Colorado Department of Transportation Grant.
Parking downtown is now more convenient with the Parkmobile Pay by Phone app.
If you're parking downtown, in one of the Pay-to-Park zones, there's a convenient new way to register your vehicle and pay for parking! Download the Parkmobile App onto your smartphone from your favorite app provider and you can pay for, or extend your parking time conveniently from any location.
Frequent parkers can create a 'wallet' for multiple visits, or for use in other cities employing the Parkmobile app.
You'll need to know your license plate number, and the Golden Parking Zone #8789. Transaction fees apply. For more info on the app, visit www.parkmobile.com.
Golden, Colorado is rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the City’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming. Today, with the official name of City of Golden, the town continues to thrive. It offers residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, cultural and culinary opportunities. Come live, work and play with us in our modern town with an old west flair!