"To ensure Boulder County's operations and decision-making reflect our commitment to Environmental, Social and Economic sustainability and to build partnerships to help make the broader community more sustainable."

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What is sustainability?

Sustainability means “The use, development and protection of resources in a way that enables Boulder County residents to meet their needs and maintain a high quality of life, without compromising the ability of future residents to do the same.” Boulder County values balancing a strong economy, protection of the environment and social equity.

Sustainability Matching Grants

Any municipality or town located within Boulder County that can match a grant request with either in-kind time from a current or hired staff member or provide a full dollar match of the requested amount is encouraged to apply for a Sustainability Grant. The grant program provides an opportunity for governmental organizations in the county to undertake environmental sustainability priorities within their communities. Full details about the grant and the application are on the Environmental Sustainability Matching Grant page. Applications are due March 13. 

About Us


Boulder County’s leaders and employees have long held a commitment to stewardship of our land, environment and community. The Boulder County Commissioners believe that by prioritizing environmental sustainability, we can achieve higher economic vitality in our communities, ensure cleaner air and water for the well-being and public health of residents, and combat major environmental issues, such as climate change. By striving to become as environmentally sustainable as possible, we are supporting myriad human and environmental benefits for our county and beyond.

The Boulder County Commissioners’ Sustainability Initiative was created in 2005 to support the policies and practices that reduce the environmental footprint of county internal operations as well as to provide nationally recognized services for county employees, residents and businesses. The Sustainability office provides resources, knowledge and motivation to make sustainability an integral part of our public service mission. This initiative has continued to grow and evolve, involving the teamwork and expertise of employees from all county departments, working cooperatively within the county and with community and intergovernmental partners to achieve sustainability within our communities.


Sustainability Office

Lisa Friend, Sustainability Planner

Boulder County Courthouse
First floor
1325 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302

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Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306