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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 and later updated in 2019 through Resolution No. 2656. The Community Sustainability Advisory Board was created in 2008 by Ordinance 1789 and is assisted by the city’s sustainability manager.
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Colorado Sustainability Legislative Bills
Bill Title Status
HB19-1159 – Concerning Modifications to the Income Tax Credits for Innovative Motor Vehicles – Passed
HB19-1003 – Expanding the Size and Allowable Locations of Community Solar Gardens – Passed
HB19-1037 – Colorado Energy Impact Assistance Act – Lost
HB19-1050 – Encourage Use Of Xeriscape In Common Areas – Passed into Law
HB19-1143 – Distribute Plastic Straws Only Upon Request – Lost
HB19-1165 – On-site Wind Turbine Manufacturing Property Tax Exemption – Lost
HB 19-1198 – Strengthening the EV infrastructure grants program administered by the Colorado Energy Office – Passed
HB19-1260 – Requiring local governments to adopt up-to-date versions of the International Energy Conservation Code – Passed
HB19-1231 – New Appliance Energy And Water Efficiency Standards – Passed
HB19-1261 – Big Climate Bill, sets state emissions reduction targets reductions – Passed
HB19-1272 – Enabling public housing authorities to participate in the state commercial PACE program – Passed
HB19-1314 – Setting up programs to assist in the transition of coal-impacted communities – Passed
SB19-034 – Local Government Recycling Standards For Food Containers – Lost
SB19-053 – California Motor Vehicle Emission Standards – Lost
SB 19-077 – Utility Financing of EV Charging Infrastructure – Passed
SB19-096 – Collect Long-term Climate Change Data – Passed
SB19-192 – Front Range Waste Diversion Enterprise Grant Program – Passed
SB19-243 – Prohibit Food Establishments’ Use Of Polystyrene – Lost
SB19-198 – Continued Management Of Waste Tires – Passed
SB19-181, – Overhauling the regulation of the oil and gas industry, including adoption of regulations to control escape of the powerful heat-trapping gas methane -Passed
SB19-236 – PUC sunset review, expanding and strengthening the agency’s oversight authority – Passed
HB18-1054 – Affordable Housing Plastic Shopping Bag Tax – Lost, not approved
HB18-1069 – Reclaimed Water Use for Toilet Flushing – Approved and signed into law
SB18-003 – Colorado Energy Office – Approved and signed into law
SB18-045 – Repeal Architectural Paint Stewardship Act – Lost, not approved
SB18-047 – Repeal Tax Credits Innovative Vehicles – Lost, not approved
SB18-064 – Require 100% Renewable Energy by 2035 – Lost, not approved
SJM18-002 – Eliminate Energy Subsidies – Lost, not approved
The Golden Sustainability Initiative Progress Reports & Work Plans
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
In 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 or previous, 2013 City of Golden Sustainability Strategic Plan and learn more about Golden’s plans for a greener future.
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory & Sustainable Energy Benchmarking and Actions Plan 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.