Golden Sustainability GoalsAfter an extensive community input process, on Feb. 14, 2018, City Council unanimously passed a resolution to formally revise Golden’s existing sustainability goals and set new targets related to energy, water and waste. The Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) worked diligently to renew the City’s commitment to sustainability by creating new sustainability goals.

“It’s a special time for our sustainability efforts in Golden,” said Mayor Marjorie Sloan. “Golden was an early adopter of sustainability goals, and it has been exciting to see how sophisticated we have become in terms of what can be accomplished and the time it will take to achieve of our goals.”

Golden intends to meet the following Sustainability Goals:

Energy

  • Renewables: To achieve 100% renewable energy for electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable for heating by 2050. To align Greenhouse Gas Emission reductions with the Paris Accord by 2050.
  • Efficiency: To reduce consumption of electricity by 15% by 2030 and reduce consumption of natural gas by 15% by 2030.
  • Transportation: To achieve 20% fossil fuel-free transportation sector by 2030 and 100% fossil fuel-free transportation sector by 2050.

Waste

  • To reduce total landfill contribution by 40% by 2030.
  • Recycle 80% of recyclables by 2030.
  • Compost 80% of compostables by 2030.
  • Reduce total trash by 20% by 2030.
  • Strive for zero waste in municipal operations by 2030.

Water

  • Responsible Use: To reduce per capita total water use in Golden by at least 15% by 2030.
  • Drought Planning: To develop a resiliency plan by 2020 to prepare for a time where Golden’s and Colorado’s climate may be substantially warmer and drier than it is today.
  • Resource Recovery: To develop and implement a plan by 2020 where Golden’s surplus water is used effectively not only to manage the cost of water and sewer services, but to enhance the environment in Golden and elsewhere in our watershed. Additionally, to recover resources from the City’s wastewater by 2030.

“It is a lot of hard work to set and revise goals. We often set goals and they are left unrevised until we achieve them or until time expires,” said Laura Weinberg, City Councilor Ward 4. “I think it is really exciting to look at what we have already accomplished and keep moving that goal line forward to set even more ambitious goals for the City.”

“As Council acknowledged, these goals aren’t just a pipe dream,” said Ken Jacobs, CSAB Chair. “We fully expect them to be realized. It will take the combined efforts of all segments of the Golden community, from the School of Mines to mom and pop retailers, from Jeffco government and schools to big businesses like CoorsTek. It will take all of us working together to succeed in becoming a truly sustainable community. Luckily, from all of the input we’ve received, it seems as if the community is more than up to the task.”

The next step is to evaluate community ideas and potential projects. CSAB will quantify the costs and benefits of various proposals and create a strategic plan. For more information about the City’s Sustainability Goals, visit our Sustainability Initiative page.