Aspen trees in the fall

Boulder County Sustainability Plan

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

The 2023 Boulder County Sustainability Plan is intended to articulate the county’s vision to create a more environmentally sustainable community as well as provide a blueprint for achieving our collective environmental sustainability. This 2023 version is the third iteration of the plan. The first Sustainability Plan was adopted in 2012, with an update published in 2018.

By Chapter


Chapter 1: Air Quality

Monitor indoor and outdoor air quality to prevent pollution.

Chapter 2: Climate

Achieve carbon neutrality and become more resilient to the potential effects of climate change.

Chapter 3: Ecological Health

Preserve and restore healthy and vibrant ecosystems that sustain all inhabitants.

Chapter 4: Energy & Buildings

Foster building practices that encourage energy efficiency to reduce overall energy consumption while also increasing use of clean energy in new and existing buildings.

Chapter 5: Local Food & Agriculture

Support local food production and encourage sustainable agricultural practices on publicly-owned and private lands.

Chapter 6: Transportation

Promote the use of alternative transportation and fuel-efficient vehicles in order to decrease emissions while maintaining or expanding mobility for county residents, employees and visitors.

Chapter 7: Water

Monitor water quality of rivers, streams, and watershed to maintain safe, sufficient clean water supply.

Chapter 8: Circular Economy

Reduce landfilled waste while finding ways to reuse, recycle and compost discarded materials.

Contact Us

Office of Sustainability, Climate Action and Resilience

OSCAR Team Members


Boulder County Courthouse
First Floor
1325 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
Map and Directions

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306