If you have questions about property valuation and property tax, visit boco.org/2023Valuation.

News Archive
ATTENTION: This news article is more than 1 year old and information may be outdated.

February 23, 2016

Boulder County Awards Sustainability Grants to Local Communities

Communities must be able to match funds; awarded up to $15,000

Boulder County, Colo. - On Feb. 23 the
Boulder County Commissioners announced the recipients of 2016 Sustainability
Grants in the following Boulder County communities:
Jamestown, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Superior, and Ward.

Boulder County’s Environmental
Sustainability Matching Grant Program provides an opportunity for governments
within the county to undertake environmental sustainability projects within
their communities. In addition to supporting local efforts, the grants will help
support a coordinated, countywide approach to environmental sustainability.

The county’s Sustainability Grant
recipients are pursuing diverse projects including innovative technology to
conserve water, green business recognition, development of comprehensive solar
strategies, and partnerships with the EnergySmart energy efficiency service.

“These awards are an excellent way for
us to recognize and encourage the great work done in each of our communities
around sustainability,” said Susie Strife, Boulder County Sustainability
Coordinator. “It is a way to celebrate the remarkable leadership within each
individual community, and move forward on elements of community sustainability

Any municipality located within Boulder County that can
provide a cash match for their request was eligible to apply for up to $15,000.

List of recipients and their
proposed projects:

  • City of
    will be awarded funding to develop a comprehensive solar strategy
    to inform city decisions and resource allocation for increased uptake of solar
    energy. This project will result in a strategy with clear goals, targets, and
    metrics of success that will guide the city’s future work in this area.
  • Town of
    will be awarded funding to develop designs and/or incentives for
    solar power systems for the mountain town community. Solar power supports
    fiscal and energy sustainability, through the use of renewable energy and
    reductions in electric utility costs.
  • City
    of Lafayette
    will be awarded funding
    to work with the city planning department
    on developing sustainable practices to be incorporated into planning processes.
    Some of the funds will go towards Lafayette’s continuation of their successful
    Green Business Recognition Program and incentivizing residential participation
    in the EnergySmart home efficiency service.
  • City
    of Longmont
    will be
    awarded funding to develop an outreach plan that will outline a variety of
    methods for gathering community input on the development of Longmont’s sustainability
    plan, helping to identify key priority areas and inform strategy
  • City of
    will be awarded funding to pilot a water conservation program to
    install smart irrigation water controllers in partnership with the Center for
    ReSource Conservation. Some of the funds will go towards the launch of a business
    sustainability recognition program in partnership with Partners for a Clean
    Environment (PACE).
  • Town
    of Lyons
    will be awarded funding
    to support a part-time sustainability
    coordinator hired in 2015. The sustainability
    coordinator will implement recommendations identified in the Lyons
    Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (LESAP), set goals, help administer
    existing programs, and measure impacts.
  • Town
    of Nederland
    will be awarded
    funding to encourage residents to avoid single use water bottles and switch to
    more sustainable reusable water bottles. The town will replace old water
    fountains throughout town with energy efficient fountains designed to fill
    water bottles and institute a town policy to discourage single use water
    bottles by staff and town leaders.
  • Town of
    will be awarded funding to encourage residents to transition organic
    yard waste material into reusable compost. The town will add staff for onsite
    monitoring at the existing yard waste drop-off to increase the site’s
    availability for residents and reduce the amount of trash that gets mixed in
    with the organic material.
  • Town of Ward will be awarded funding to establish a food storage resource building
    to store food for both short- and long-term community resource availability and
    resiliency. Some of the funds will be used to support a consultant to research
    septic systems solutions, as well as a sustainability coordinator and an intern
    for community coordination.

Boulder County is proud to have so many
communities with progressive ideas for sustainability, and the county looks
forward to seeing these grant-winning projects come to fruition. For more
information about Boulder County’s sustainability mission, visit