To effectively address climate change, Boulder County, municipalities, businesses, and community members can take action to reduce or eliminate fossil fuel consumption by taking advantage of leading edge technologies and innovation for a healthy and vibrant community and planet.
Climate Action in Boulder County
Where do our emissions come from?
According to our most recent greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory completed in 2016, commercial and residential building energy use accounts for 60% of emissions and transportation accounts for 30% of emissions countywide. Emissions from industrial processes, oil wells, solid waste, and agriculture account for the remaining 9% of emissions.
Climate Challenge, Bold Action
Boulder County adopted bold goals to reduce community GHG emissions 45% below 2005 levels by 2030 and 90% below 2005 levels by 2050. While reaching these goals will be a significant challenge, Boulder County is committed to transitioning to a low-carbon future and a clean energy economy.
Reaching Our Goals Together
Every community member can be a part of the solution and take action now. Each individual needs to significantly reduce carbon pollution to ensure we safeguard the planet for current and future generations.
Boulder County Climate Initiatives
Boulder County strives to achieve rapid and deep emission reductions and become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. We offer a number of energy efficiency and clean energy initiatives to help residents and business owners be a part of the solution to our climate crisis.
Benefits Boulder County
Coordinate limited-time discounts through community pooled purchasing for solar, electric vehicles, electric bikes, and other sustainable technologies. Learn More.
Oil & Gas Regulation
Continue to strengthen and enforce county oil and gas regulation and support state and federal policies that reduce impacts of oil and gas resource extraction. Learn More.
Work with Boulder County producers, tenants, and ranchers to increase carbon sequestration through carbon farming methods such as adding compost to soils, planting trees and using cover crops. Learn More.
Advocate for state and national climate protective policies through Colorado Communities for Climate Action (CC$CA), a coalition of local governments that advocates for policies to reduce the impacts of climate change for current and future generations. Learn More.
Support a partnership with our local community to build deeper representation of under-served communities and advance equity in climate and energy.
Local Carbon Offset
Create a local energy impact fund to support local projects and innovation in carbon reduction. Learn More.
Transportation Services & Mobility For All
Support regional transit services, the EcoPass program, and affordable multimodal transportation options to support all residents with transportation services. Learn more.
Accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and support the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in strategic locations across the county.
BuildSmart Building Code
Encourage high-performing sustainable residential development by requiring all new residential construction and additions to meet Boulder County’s green building standards. Learn More.
Provide energy efficiency, solar, electrification of home heating and cooling, low-interest financing, and electric vehicle advising to residents. Learn More.
Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE)
Provide free expert advisor services, financial incentives, and a certification program to help businesses measure and gain recognition for their energy, waste, water, and transportation achievements. Learn More.
Join Together for Climate Action
Luckily there are many ways to be a part of the solution. To get started making a difference, choose from the list below and take action today!
Reduce Your Carbon-Based Travel
One-third of all our GHG emissions countywide come from the transportation sector. Consider walking, biking, or using public transportation to get around. Combining trips and carpooling can also save time. If you have to purchase a vehicle, consider an electric vehicle.
Minimize Your Waste
Did you know that food waste is the number one material in the landfill? America wastes 40% of its food, wastes huge amounts of water, and costs billions of dollars each year. Do your part by planning meals, storing food correctly, minimizing food waste, and composting whenever possible. Make a larger impact by considering all the materials you purchase – reduce, reuse, recycle.
East a More Plant-Based Diet
The meat industry is one of the largest contributors to climate change worldwide. Livestock animals can produce large amounts of methane. Eat less meat and a more plant-based diet to significantly reduce your environmental impact.
Become Fossil Fuel Free
Rooftop solar or a subscription to a solar garden is a great way to power your home with clean energy. Solar financing options are available from the Clean Energy Credit Union or through local solar companies. Make sure your home is well insulated and buy energy and water efficient appliances as well.