Sustainability Initiative

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

Join Us: The Future of Sustainability in Golden

Your input is needed to help shape what defines Sustainability in Golden. Join us Monday, September 17 from 6-9 p.m. at the American Mountaineering Center to see what progress has been achieved and give your opinion on the future of sustainability in Golden.

10 Years of Sustainability Goals – see what Golden has achieved! Check out how SOLAR has become the must-have energy source. Let’s talk TRASH and find out what new items can be thrown in your single stream recycling bin. Find out the biggest WATER CONSERVATION strategy you can implement at home (hint: it’s not indoors!) See the ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION options available to you and your family. Now is the time to have a say in the future for Golden’s RESILIENCY AND CLIMATE ADAPTATION.

Come for the freebies, sweet treats, and top tier beers. Bring the kids for raffle prizes that include FREE monthly subscriptions for curbside organic pickup, xeric plants from Garden In A Box, home energy audits, daily rentals at the Golden Bike Library, RTD Light Rail passes, garden sprayers, programmable thermostats, and many more.

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.

Get Involved

Passionate about sustainability? Sign up here, to receive email updates on ways to share ideas, participate in projects, and contribute your knowledge to Golden’s Sustainability Initiative.

Colorado Sustainability Legislative Bills

Bill                 Title
HB18-1054 – Affordable Housing Plastic Shopping Bag Tax
HB18-1069 – Reclaimed Water Use for Toilet Flushing
SB18-003 – Colorado Energy Office
SB18-045 – Repeal Architectural Paint Stewardship Act
SB18-047 – Repeal Tax Credits Innovative Vehicles
SB18-064 – Require 100% Renewable Energy by 2035
SJM18-002 – Eliminate Energy Subsidies

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

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