Sustainability

Mission

"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.


Are Sustainability Services and Infrastructure Having an Impact?

Through a competitive process, Boulder County hired Natural Capitalism Solutions, a Colorado-based environmental non-profit consulting firm, to undertake a robust, third-party analysis of Boulder County’s sustainability services. Natural Capitalism reviewed the services and infrastructure, funded by Boulder County, in the areas of agriculture, energy and buildings, transportation, waste, and water. Natural Capitalism Solutions presented the results to the Commissioners’ Office on May 28, 2015. The findings are captured in the Sustainability Impact Overview and indicates that all of the county’s sustainability services provide a suite of environmental, social and economic benefits to the county and entire community.


Collaboration for Community-wide Sustainability, Thanks to Grants

Boulder County’s Environmental Sustainability Matching Grant Program provides an opportunity for cities and towns in the county to undertake environmental sustainability priorities within their communities.  The following municipalities received funds in 2015: Boulder, Jamestown, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Superior, and Ward. The county’s Sustainability Grant recipients are pursuing many diverse projects including incentives to conserve water, hiring of a sustainability coordinator, and providing further financial incentives for the EnergySmart energy efficiency service.  You can read more about each community’s approved project here.


About Us

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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.



Contacts

Sustainability Office

Susie Strife
Sustainability Coordinator
303-441-4565

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

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Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306

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