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Xeriscaping in Colorado: Weather, Wildlife and Beyond!

When: Thursday, April 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Golden Community Center, Coal Creek Room – North; 1470 10th St. Golden, CO 80401
Speaker: Kenton Seth of Paintbrush Gardens

Xeriscape GardenIt is becoming more and more widely known that Xeriscaping is a good idea, and there are some really spectacular, eye-catching xeric landscapes out there. But how does your average person achieve such beauty and perfection? And what about when life happens – pets, critters, storms, budgets, and lifestyle realities? How does it work then? Does it have to be ugly to be easy? Join Kenton J. Seth, a genuinely lazy Native Landscape designer and plant nut, to find out the hands-on, real-life answers that make saving water just the beginning of the benefits you’ll reap from your Xeriscape. If this is not one of the most useful classes you take this year, then you might have taken a wrong turn finding the room.

Learn more at ResourceCentral.org.

City of Golden Receives SolSmart Community Designation

Sol Smart Silver DesignationThe City of Golden has been awarded a Silver designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. This designation recognizes Golden for taking bold steps to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development. On Dec. 7, representatives from the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association presented a plaque to City Council as an award for the designation.

SolSmart is a national designation program recognizing cities, counties, and towns that help foster the development of mature local solar markets. For companies looking to expand, a SolSmart Silver designation is a signal that Golden is “open for solar business.”

Local governments like Golden have tremendous influence over the prospects for solar energy growth. Soft costs, such as those associated with obtaining a building permit can increase the cost of solar for homeowners and businesses. By streamlining these requirements and taking other steps to encourage solar development, communities can shorten the return on investment and create greater access to renewable energy.

Golden has done this not only through the SolSmart process, but also through another nationally recognized standard: Solar Friendly Communities. SolSmart uses objective criteria to designate communities that have successfully met these goals. These communities receive designations of SolSmart Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Golden Says Yes to Solar Initiatives

Solar Panels in a fieldIn addition to voting for four Council seats, Golden voters also passed solar question 2A with a resounding YES. The initiative authorizes City Council to contact the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners and discuss revision of the City’s lease on the Rooney Road Sports Complex property to allow the use of up to 15 acres of undeveloped property for future renewable energy facilities.

Now, the most frequently asked question is “How soon can I sign up for a solar energy subscription?” In reality, we are many months to several years away from a viable solar project, where residents and businesses could subscribe to the energy produced by a solar garden. In the coming months, staff will research financial feasibility, engineering requirements, and invite Jefferson County representatives to discuss potential lease amendments.

More Golden residents voted on the solar question than in all four Ward elections combined, sending a clear message that a community solar project is an important step in reaching Golden’s renewable energy goals.

Xcel Energy Heating Rebates Increased for a Limited Time

Stay warm this winter with limited-time heating rebates from Xcel Energy. Xcel Energy residential natural gas customers can earn a $750 rebate for a new 95% efficient gas furnace when you combine the standard $300 rebate with a limited-time $450 rebate. A $100 EC Motor rebate is also available for residential electric service customers.

It’s also the perfect time to consider air sealing and insulating your home. Residential customers may qualify for a limited-time rebate worth up to $1,850 on air sealing and insulation projects.

These limited-time rebates expire on March 31, 2018. Customers must use a participating contractor to be eligible. For more information about both of these offers, go to www.xcelenergy.com/staywarm or call 800.895.4999.

Sign Up for the City’s Green Waste Program to win a $100 Garden in a Box Gift Certificate

Garden in a Box Gift CertificateAnyone that lives within the City limits is encouraged to sign up for the green waste pickup service through Alpine Waste & Recycling. Starting now, new and existing subscribers will be entered into a drawing each month to win fantastic prizes February’s giveaway is a $100 Garden in a Box gift certificate that can be used to purchase anything that the Center for Resource Conservation sells on the Garden In A Box online store, which includes Xeric and veggie Gardens In A Box and garden accessories such as drip kits and control clocks . The drawing will take place at the end of the month and the winner will be announced on March 5.

How Can I Sign Up?

Contact Alpine at 303-277-TRASH (8727) or email golden@alpinewaste.com to start service. Alpine Waste customer service representatives will indicate when your cart and kitchen container will be delivered.

Monthly fees are $9.45. This rate includes a discount each month for Golden residents, provided by the Community Sustainability Advisory Board. You may cancel anytime.

Upon signing up, you will receive a 96-gallon cart and a roll of biodegradable kitchen waste bags to start your collection.

Place compostable kitchen waste and yard waste in your container (food scraps, paper products, leaves, small branches). Please see the list of acceptable items pdf download.

All compostable items can be commingled in the same cart. No need to separate.

Green Waste service is YEAR ROUND and bi-weekly (every other week).

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

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