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City of Golden Formally Joins Compact of Colorado Communities

Golden City Councilors recently passed a resolution to formally join and commit to participation with the Compact of Colorado Communities. By joining the Compact of Colorado Communities, Golden commits to providing one staff member and elected official to participate in periodic meetings, attend trainings, pay modest annual dues, and adopt future policies that further progress the City’s sustainability goals.

“When we have the opportunity to join these statewide coalitions, where we share resources with other cities and counties, it can only provide new information or ideas that benefit Golden,” said Golden City Councilor Laura Weinberg. “When we look outside our borders to see how other communities are grappling with some long-term issues, particularly climate change, we see there are many lessons to be learned from them.”

Founded by Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron in collaboration with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Compact’s May 2017 launch event resulted in more than 30 Colorado cities and counties pledging to endorse joining the Compact to their elected leadership and governing bodies. It is meant to be a powerful tool for advancing climate change education, action, and policymaking in local governments statewide.

“Many local governments are finding that reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions and advancing clean energy is a win-win for local economies and the environment,” said Kristen Taddonio, ACCO’s program director for the Compact. “The City of Golden’s decision to join the Compact puts them squarely on the path toward advancing their capacity to drive innovative and bold climate action and clean energy plans.”

Colorado is already two degrees warmer than it was 30 years ago, and citizens and businesses throughout the state are already feeling the heat: reduced snowpack, increased wildfires, and devastating droughts threaten communities and livelihoods.

For more information about the Compact of Colorado Communities, visit www.CompactofColoradoCommunities.org.

Take Advantage of the City’s LED Business Grant Program

LED Light BulbUpgrading to energy-efficient lighting can be the easiest and quickest way to reduce monthly energy bills for any business. To assist businesses in making the switch, the City of Golden Community Sustainability Advisory Board offers grants to eligible businesses who have completed a LED lighting retrofit. A one-time $300 grant is available to City of Golden businesses that retrofit existing non-LED lighting fixtures to the LED technology. Pair this offer with Xcel Energy’s business lighting rebates and start saving on your monthly electric costs immediately. Xcel’s rebates are being cut significantly as of Nov. 1, so upgrade ASAP to get the best deal. For more information, visit the Economic Health Page.

Golden’s Climate Change Celebration Soggy but Successful

Climate CelebrationThank you for attending Golden’s Climate Change Celebration on August 10 at City Hall. Due to rain, the event was moved inside because the cupcakes, ice cream and people were getting a little soggy, but that did not dampen the enthusiasm. Golden and other Colorado cities are committing to action to help mitigate climate change. Golden has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (aka Climate Mayors) and the Compact of Colorado Communities.

 

Sign Up for the City’s Green Waste Program to win a $100 Garden in a Box Gift Certificate

Garden in a Box Gift CertificateAnyone that lives within the City limits is encouraged to sign up for the green waste pickup service through Alpine Waste & Recycling. Starting now, new and existing subscribers will be entered into a drawing each month to win fantastic prizes September’s giveaway is a $100 Garden in a Box gift certificate that can be used to purchase anything that the Center for Resource Conservation sells on the Garden In A Box online store, which includes Xeric and veggie Gardens In A Box and garden accessories such as drip kits and control clocks . The drawing will take place at the end of the month and the winner will be announced on October 2.

How Can I Sign Up?

Contact Alpine at 303-277-TRASH (8727) or email golden@alpinewaste.com to start service. Alpine Waste customer service representatives will indicate when your cart and kitchen container will be delivered.

Monthly fees are $9.45. This rate includes a discount each month for Golden residents, provided by the Community Sustainability Advisory Board. You may cancel anytime.

Upon signing up, you will receive a 96-gallon cart and a roll of biodegradable kitchen waste bags to start your collection.

Place compostable kitchen waste and yard waste in your container (food scraps, paper products, leaves, small branches). Please see the list of acceptable items pdf download.

All compostable items can be commingled in the same cart. No need to separate.

Green Waste service is YEAR ROUND and bi-weekly (every other week).

Golden Bike Library Expanding to New Locations Fall 2017

Golden Bike Library ShedThe Golden Bike Library is growing! In addition to the “main branch” behind the Visitor’s Center at 1010 Washington Avenue, the expanded bike library will include three satellite locations starting in the fall of 2017. Riders will be able to check out bikes at the JeffCo Golden Rail Station, the Colorado School of Mines campus, and a third location on the edge of Parfet Park downtown. These new stations will not have staff on site, and bike rentals will instead be made through a mobile application that controls the locking mechanism on the bike. This new automated side of the bike library will be great for commuters. For example, bikes will be available for check out upon arrival at the JeffCo Golden rail station and then turned in to the stations at the Mines campus or downtown Golden, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Though the three new bike library stations may function differently than the Visitor’s Center location, with our friendly staff members, riders will still be able to use the same geared bikes with yellow baskets they have grown accustomed to, as well as the same pricing structure for check out. Stay tuned for more details about how to use the new stations, as well as an official launch date, as the Golden Bike Library staff works to test the system and roll it out this fall.  For more information, visit www.GoldenBikeLibrary.com.

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 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

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