Council Supports Golden Sustainability Initiative

Last night city council expressed its unanimous support for a Golden Sustainability Initiative. This is great news, but of course the hard work is just beginning. Tons of folks reached out to city council expressing support, and a bunch more showed up at the meeting last night to express their support during the public comment period. My thanks to everyone who weighed in, and now the stage is set to do some great things.

The next step: some sort of town hall meeting in the first part of 2007 focused on defining what the goals of our initiative should be. I offered some ideas about what those goals might be to help start the discussion, and many of the emails I received had thoughtful responses to those goals (ranging from “too ambitious” to “not ambitious enough” as well as good ideas about how to make them work better) plus some good suggestions about the community process. Once we figure out the goals, then we’ll take the subsequent step of figuring out the action plan, and then we’ll have our work cut out for us. Lots of folks also had great ideas about the action plan as well.

In case you haven’t seen my ideas for what our Golden Sustainability Initiative goals might be, I’ve included them here .  I want to underscore that these really are just ideas for the sake of discussion, and we know how a couple of months before the community meeting to think hard about what might make sense.

1. Increase our community’s energy efficiency and our use of renewable sources of energy. Specifically:

  • Reduce the City of Golden’s energy usage by 25% and increase to 50% the proportion of its energy use derived from renewable energy sources within ten years (“25 x 50 in 10”).
  • Reduce overall community energy usage in Golden by 15% and increase to 15% the proportion of its energy use derived from renewable energy sources within ten years (“15 x 15 in 10”).

2. Improve the economic health of our community by increasing business opportunities focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy and by reducing the energy costs of all Golden businesses. Specifically:

  • Double the number of jobs in Golden in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors within ten years.
  • Enable businesses located in Golden to lower their energy costs by reducing the average energy consumption by 15% within ten years.

3. Improve the energy efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of new and existing buildings in Golden. Specifically:

  • Ensure that within ten years 90% of all new buildings constructed in Golden each year are built to green building standards.
  • Ensure that within ten years 50% of all additions in Golden each year are built to green building standards.
  • Revise Golden’s land use code to reflect the best practices in sustainability once every five years.

4. Ensure that Golden sustains a clean, stable water supply into the future. Specifically:

  • Reduce Golden’s per capita water use by 15% in ten years.
  • Maintain the highest water quality standards for Golden’s water supply.

5. Increase the ability of Golden residents and visitors to travel to and through Golden using alternative transportation. Specifically:

  • Reduce the community’s total Vehicle Miles Traveled by 15% in ten years.
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