Stage 1 fire restrictions, enacted for unincorporated areas of western Boulder County.

Whitepapers and Reports

Whitepapers and Reports

In addition to our programming and projects, OSCAR also publishes reports and whitepapers on specific topics. See a few of our most recent works below.

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Cover Photo

2021 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Storymap (January 2024)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Boulder County, CO quantifies countywide emissions for 2021 and visualizes them in a multi-media format. This report breaks down emissions by sector and community, and also puts forth newer and more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals for Boulder County.

A report cover that features skyscrapers and a dense forest. The report title is on top of a blue abstract triangle and dollar bills.

Municipal Divestment Toolkit (November 2023)

Dollars to Decarbonization is a toolkit that provides an easy-to-understand fossil fuel divestment blueprint for local governments. The toolkit guides readers through clear, step-by-step actions across four areas: pensions, insurance, banking, and direct divestment, with research, real cases, and policy templates.

2023 Sustainability Plan Photo, which features the title in the center and colorful sustainability-related icons in a grid around it

2023 Sustainability Plan (June 2023)

The Environmental Sustainability Plan articulates Boulder County’s vision to create a more environmentally sustainable community. This 2023 version is the third iteration of the plan. Previous versions of the plan were published in 2012 and 2018.

Illustrated cover of Best Practices Playbook for Local Carbon Removal & Resilience Strategies. The cover image is an an illustration of green mountains.

Carbon Removal Playbook (May 2023)

OSCAR recently collaborated with Carbon Direct, a carbon management company, to release our Carbon Removal Playbook and supplemental report. These documents aim to help local governments develop local carbon dioxide removal strategies.

Cover of Roadmap to Net Zero Energy New Construction

Net Zero New Construction Roadmap (April 2023)

Several Colorado counties and municipalities in the Northwest Metropolitan Regional Energy Code Cohort published a Roadmap to Net Zero Energy New Construction. This roadmap aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience by achieving net zero codes in new construction by the end of 2030. In the development process, the Cohort prioritized housing affordability and equity, as well as local decarbonization, resilience, and ease of permitting for staff and builders.

Report cover: State and Local Government and the Formation of Green Banks

Green Bank Memo (December 2022)

State and local governments are critical actors in determining whether the Inflation Reduction Act will transform climate and industrial policy. The IRA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund provides $27 billion to support the proliferation of new and existing state green banks. In this memo, we make recommendations on impact and equity in green bank design.

Climate Change Preparedness Plan (May 2012)

Boulder County developed the Climate Change Preparedness Plan to help local residents and communities better prepare for changing environmental conditions. A team of local consultants reviewed science pertinent to the Front Range and developed a list of recommendations for our community. Some of the most important steps have already been taken: establishment of the Office of Emergency Management, plans for responding to floods and wildfires, limits on development in floodplains, and programs to improve the health of our forests. A short summary of the plan can also be found here.

Office of Sustainability, Climate Action and Resilience

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