Sustainability Initiative

Welcome! We’re helping to Sustain Golden’s future. Thank you for joining us.Sustainability in Golden

Golden City Council and the Golden community made sustainability its top priority starting in 2007. As part of that endeavor, citizens were asked to engage in a broader community-wide effort to establish and implement sustainability goals through several Community Working Groups. The community working groups began meeting to study each of the goal areas in March 2007 and, in July 2007, made recommendations for consideration by City Council. A final evaluation report was produced by Natural Capitalism Solutions, an independent outside third party.

On Aug. 23, 2007, Golden City Council formally adopted the working groups’ revised sustainability goals with Resolution No. 1793 pdf download and later updated in 2014 through Resolution No. 2330 pdf download. The Community Sustainability Advisory Board was created in 2008 by Ordinance 1789 pdf download  and is assisted by the city’s sustainability manager.

The Golden Sustainability Initiative Progress Reports & Work Plans

Golden periodically issues progress reports and annual work plans by the Board. The 2013 progress report pdf download and 2015 Work Plan pdf download outline progress toward the city and community goals.

A few interesting facts about achievements to date include:

  • More than 2,000 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels have been installed on Golden homes and businesses since 2008. Put together, a system this size would cover more than 10 acres.
  • Since 2009, more than 500 pounds of pharmaceuticals have been collected and diverted away from our landfills and groundwater.
  • More than 3,400 Golden households use the Pay-As-You-Throw waste, recycling, and compost service.  The highest monthly diversion rate achieved by the households in this program was 48% in November 2015.

Sustainability Strategic Plan

City of GoldenIn Golden, as across the U.S. and other nations, we are faced with impacts as a result of population growth, resource consumption, and energy needs. Golden is also affected by regional impacts such as the economy, the structuring of local tax revenues, and competing needs for resources by adjacent communities.

Balancing these factors, the Community Sustainability Advisory Board has adopted the definition of sustainability as “living or acting in a manner that balances improving our quality of life, a healthy vibrant community, and mindful stewardship of the natural resources and environment while protecting the ability of future generations to do the same.” With this in mind, the Board recognizes that sustainability efforts are not an end goal, but endeavors to continually strive toward improvement.

In late 2010, the Community Sustainability Advisory Board prioritized a list of sustainability policies and projects that the Board will work toward over the next few years. You may read the current Sustainability Strategic Plan pdf download or previous, 2013 City of Golden Sustainability Strategic Plan pdf download and learn more about Golden’s plans for a greener future.

Additional Resources

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory & Sustainable Energy Benchmarking and Actions Plan pdf download is a CU-Denver Report that measures the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the City’s baseline year, 2007, and provides recommendations on reducing GHG and meeting the City’s sustainability goals. The Report was made possible through a Colorado Municipal League grant in partnership with Walmart.

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 Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden,
a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858.

Additional Resources

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