Education & Outreach

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.

Connect

Instagram: Follow a-greener_golden on Instagram for great Golden Sustainability Program photos and updates.

Facebook: Stay up to date on sustainability programs and event by following City of Golden on Facebook & Twitter.

Golden Sustainability Blog: Check out the “What’s New” section of the Sustainability webpage for the latest information on Golden Sustainability efforts and great tips to create a more sustainable lifestyle.

Sustainability Email List: 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.

Education Partners

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

Member Organizations

Climate CelebrationGolden has joined the following organizations to help mitigate climate change:

Mayors for Solar EnergySponsored by, Environment America. the “Mayors for Solar Energy” statement, pledges to make solar power “a key element” of Golden’s energy portfolio

U.S. Climate Alliance: The United States Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of states and unincorporated self-governing territories in the United States that are committed to upholding the objectives of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change within their borders, by achieving the U.S. goal of reducing greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide equivalent) economy-wide emissions 26–28% from 2005 levels by 2025[4] and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan.

Climate Mayors: Climate Mayors is a bipartisan, peer-to-peer network of U.S. mayors working together to demonstrate leadership on climate change.

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.

Learn more about the Compact of Colorado Communities.

Golden Sustainability Night

Sustainability NightOn November 30, 2016 the City of Golden Sustainability Department and the Community Sustainability Advisory Board held Golden’s first Sustainability Night at the American Mountaineering Center. The event was highly attended by families of all ages, and event organizers received very positive feedback.

The night kicked off with a sustainability expo featuring refreshments from area food trucks: Rolling Dough, Smokey J’s BBQ and Pink Zebra Cupcakes and craft beer from New Terrian Brewing and Holidaily Brewing. During the expo, attendees browsed over 30 sustainability vendor booths, and had the opportunity to learn about local green resources and chat with industry experts. Topics ranged from green building and renewable energy to alternative transportation and water conservation resources.

The expo also included a kid zone with activities sponsored by Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK). One featured activity titled, “Who polluted Clear Creek?” Offered children a hands-on way to experience how different pollutants impact rivers and drinking water. Families enjoyed prize drawings, giveaways and short movies, including Nature is Speaking, 10 Hopeful Things and A Spoon You Can Eat. With activities for all ages, the evening perfect for families.

The night would not have been complete without the event’s two speakers, Ken Regelson and Dr. Patty Limerick, who did an incredible job offering their perspective on current environmental issues.

Sustainable Energy Policy Analyst, Ken Regelson, gave two short presentations, An Abundant, Secure, and Sustainable Energy Economy and Unleashing Innovation. As the founder of EnergyShouldBe.org, Regelson makes short videos encouraging action toward a 100 percent renewably-powered world by 2035. Regelson has many awards for his work in renewable energy and a Masters Degree in electrical engineering.

The keynote address was given by Colorado State Historian, Dr. Patty Limerick on her historical perspective on climate issues. Attendees were thrilled to have Dr. Limerick. In addition to her position as the state historian, Dr. Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is also a professor of environmental studies and history. Dr. Limerick is the author of Desert Passages, The Legacy of Conquest, Something in the Soil, and A Ditch in Time

The City of Golden Sustainability Department and the Community Sustainability Advisory Board would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in Golden’s first Sustainability Night.

For more information on Golden Sustainability night, visit www.cityofgolden.net/sustainabilitynight, or contact Golden Sustainability Coordinator Theresa Worsham at TWorsham@cityofgolden.net or 303-384-8117.

We hope everyone had a good time and received valuable information about Golden’s local sustainability efforts and resources.

Sustainability Night Partner Tables

  • A&E Building Systems – A&E Building Systems helps builders, architects and building owners achieve exceptional energy performance standards. They can help customers reduce the energy required to heat a building by 90%.
  • Alpine Waste Pay As You Throw & Green Waste Program – Alpine Waste is an industry leader in sustainability initiatives. They were the first commercial waste hauler in the Denver Metro Area to offer compostable material collection service.
  • Aquahawk
  • Budget Solar – Budget Solar specializes in custom-designed and installed solar systems for residences and businesses through the state of Colorado.
  • Center for Resource Conservation – Center for ReSource Conservation is a nonprofit dedicated to helping people conserve water, energy, and building materials. With 40 years of experience, our programs make it easy to save money and resources
  • Citizens Climate Lobby – Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.
  • Colorado Native Plant Society – Colorado Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the knowledge, appreciation and conservation of native plants and habitats of Colorado through education, stewardship and advocacy.
  • Colorado Renewable Energy Society – Colorado Renewable Energy Society leads Colorado and its people to an energy-efficient and renewable-energy economy through education, policy, and economic development.
  • Colorado School of Mines Sustainability Students – Students from nearly every discipline have opportunities to take courses that relate environmental issues to society, culture, engineering, and applied sciences. Mines faculty are engaged in a broad spectrum of sustainability-related research projects, ranging from water purification research to the development of photovoltaic technologies.
  • Colorado School of Mines Tiny Homes/Solar Decathlon Team – A student-led group working to build Mines Tiny House, a 200 square foot house on a trailer bed, for research and teaching purposes.
  • Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association – Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) works to expand the use of solar technologies across Colorado. COSEIA advances solar policy, removes market barriers, highlights emerging trends, and improves education and outreach.
  • GB3 Energy Smart Homes – GB3 provides comprehensive home energy audits and make cost-effective home performance improvements throughout the Denver and Boulder metro area.
  • GoFarm – Golden Farming Cooperative aims to be the cornerstone for a sustainable local food economy for the Golden, Colorado area and beyond.
  • Golden Bike Library – Golden Bike Library opened in spring 2016. The program is similar to a bike share program, where visitors, residents, local employees and students can “check-out” a bike for a limited time period for local use in Golden.
  • Golden Community Sustainability Advisory Board – The mission of the Community Sustainability Advisory Board is to assist the City of Golden in defining and achieving its sustainability goals and to empower the community to live in a way that assures a high quality of life for current and future generations.
  • Golden High School Interact Club – The GHS Interact Club aims to help the Golden community by volunteering in various projects in the community. Interact is the high school branch of Rotary and will be participating in various global projects this year.
  • Golden Solar – Golden Solar is a Colorado state licensed electrical contractor specializing in solar energy system installation.
  • New Energy Colorado – New Energy Colorado works to engage citizens in shaping our energy future. The organization provides education about how our energy system and utilities function today, and what changes are needed to pave the way for a future dominated by energy efficiency, renewables and a smart grid
  • National Renewable Energy Lab – The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation’s primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.
  • RTD Call & Ride – Call-n-Ride is a personalized bus service that travels within select RTD service areas. The Golden Call-n-Ride service area includes the majority of the city of Golden.

Xcel Energy Solar Rewards & Energy Efficiency Programs

Xcel Energy offers customers many renewable energy programs and rebates. Solar power, wind energy, and other sources all add up to create a diverse fuel mix to meet your energy needs.

Food Trucks

Breweries

Speakers

Other Partners

  • Kid Zone – Sponsored by Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), which provides science and environmental conservation education through hands-on field trips, with long-term mentoring and leadership development provided by natural resource professionals.
  • American Mountaineering Center -The American Mountaineering Center is the nation’s premiere facility for education, research, conversation and information about the mountain environment.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – Sponsored by Jim Smith
  • Climbing Wall – Sponsored by the Youth Education Program (YEP), which provides active learning through outdoor and adventure education and reaches over 7000 Colorado youth from diverse backgrounds every year. YEP ignites a connection to the outdoors for Colorado youth by providing opportunities for active learning through experiential and adventure education
COG Mesa

 Golden has 402 acres of open space
and maintains 253 acres of parks right within the city itself.

Additional Resources

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COG Mesa