Educating the community on Golden’s sustainability initiatives and resources is a key component in creating a Greener Golden. We encourage community members to actively take part in sustainability as a public value that supports cultural, economic and environmental health for all citizens. Our goal is to create effective, ongoing two-way communication that informs, educates and inspires community involvement in city-wide sustainability efforts.
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CSAB Youth Education Grant Program
The Community Sustainability Advisory Board Youth Education Grant Program is an annual funding opportunity for any educational group within Golden working on youth-led sustainability projects. Through a competitive selection process, projects directly related to the City’s sustainability goals will be evaluated and selected by the Board for funding. Projects should propose to achieve tangible environmental benefits and provide educational opportunities or materials. Eligible projects could include projects addressing issues from renewable energy, water conservation, energy efficiency, and waste diversion.
2021-2022 grant applications are available now and will be accepted on a rolling deadline. Schools, youth organizations, non-profits with youth based educational programming are all welcome to apply. Limited to organizations base within City of Golden limits. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golden High School Environment Club
The GHS Environment Club is a group of students working towards making the school and golden community more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Colorado School of Mines Senior Design Teams
To evaluate new sustainable technologies for Golden’s projects and programs, the City of Golden often turns to the Colorado School of Mines undergraduate seniors for their assistance Under the guidance of City staff and technical advisors, teams of students will spend their academic semester or year researching and designing systems meant to help the City achieve their energy, water and waste goals. The teams play an important role in proving the feasibility of their projects and in creating educational material for the public.
2021 Golden Energize Engineering – This team researched how heat recovery from wastewater could increase the energy efficiency in new buildings for the Heart of Golden Project.
2021 Mines Toilet Team – This team designed a portable, solar-powered urine pasturization and nitrogen recovery system that has the potential to reduce vehicle miles traveled associated with fertilizing local crops.
2020 Brickyard House Project – This team surveyed the historic Brickyard House on Catamount Drive for feasible solar projects. They designed a 54 solar panel array which would allow the Brickyard House to become a net zero building. They also designed a 200 panel array capable of serving as a community solar garden specifically for historic buildings.
2020 Golden Solar Solutions – This team surveyed an 80 acre parcel of land just north of Golden off of Highway 93 for feasibility as a community solar garden. They designed a 10 MW solar array that could produce 9% of Golden’s total energy use.
2020 Citizen Task Force Recommendations
Throughout 2020, the Community Sustainability Advisory Board solicited the input of citizen task forces regarding the three sustainability goal areas: Water, Waste, and Energy. The goal was to to refine programs and policies that will be recommended to City Council over the next several years. The Board and City staff wish to thank each of the over 80 participants who participated in person, online and who submitted email comments in this effort, and invites everyone to check out the final work product of this year long effort the Citizen Task Force Recommendations Final Report.
2018 Sustainability Open House
With over 150 attendees, an effective and engaging Community Conversation event was held on September 17, 2018. Thank you to those who attended and provided comments and feedback on our goals. Your participation allowed the Community Sustainability Advisory Board to capture valuable input and ideas about the future of sustainability in Golden. For a recap of the event, download the Sustainability Conversation Slideshow.