Local Sustainability Resources and Programming
Did you read the latest Louisville Community update? It's ALL about sustainability!
Nominate a business for the 2017 Louisville Green Business People's Choice Award! It's easy - just send the name of the company and why you think they should win here. (Learn more about the Green Business Recognition Program.) If you represent a company, click here for a copy of a "Vote for Us" sign you can hang in your place of business for your customers to see.
The City of Louisville is working towards a more sustainable future for the natural environment and our community. This is guided by the current Sustainability Action Plan, developed by the Sustainability Advisory Board and adopted by City Council in November 2016.
To help implement this plan, the City has recently hired a part-time Sustainability Specialist (funded in part by a Boulder County grant) whose role includes the prioritization and communication of money- and energy-saving programs that will help Louisville residents and businesses thrive. If you have any ideas, concerns or questions, please feel free to reach out to the City’s Sustainability Specialist. Learn more about the City of Louisville's recent sustainability efforts here.
Below are resources for Louisville residents and businesses. (If you're looking for sustainability help for your business, don't miss the business-specific links at the bottom of the page!)
The Louisville Sustainability Series
As a result of a recent poll on www.EngageLouisvilleCO.org, the City of Louisville has planned a Sustainability Series to address top sustainability interests in the City. All sessions are free and in the Louisville Library. We hope you will join us!
- Session 1: Energy & Money - Monday, September 18, 2017
View the presentation
- Session 2: Louisville Commute Options - Wednesday, October 25, 2017
- Session 3: The Louisville Water System - Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Special Session: The Lafayette/Louisville Solar Workshop - Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Lafayette Library
Boulder County Sustainability
- e-Bikes: Enjoy Your Commute Again - Boulder County is helping residents and commuters to have a happier and healthier commute by offering steep discounts on over 40 models of electric bikes. This is a limited time deal ending September 30, 2017. Visit www.BoulderCountyDeals.org to sign up and get your discount code.
Climate and Energy
The City of Louisville is responding to climate change impacts. On July 5, 2017, Louisville's City Council advanced its commitment to a healthy and sustainable community by voting to adopt Resolution 34-2017 in support of the Paris Climate Agreement.
- Louisville Energy Stars: Through a facilitated engagement process in partnership with Xcel Energy, the City developed the Energy Stars brand for programs that promote energy efficiency and support the City’s Sustainability Action Plan. Read the Louisville Energy Action Plan developed with Xcel Partners in Energy here. View the Louisville Energy Stars Flyer to learn more about resources to help residents create a sustainable future.
- EnergySmart: A service that helps homes in all communities in Boulder County become more comfortable and energy efficient. An expert Energy Advisor can answer questions, help prioritize projects, connect residents with qualified contractors, find and apply for incentives and low-cost financing, and make energy upgrades easier and more affordable. Current/recent programs include:
- Solar rebates - Learn how to get up to $3000 in solar rebates. (Learn more about the program and find out if you're income qualified here.) This program is first-come, first-served until the funds are allocated, so hurry!
- Low Interest Energy Loans - EnergySmart and Elevations Credit Union are working together to offer Elevations Energy Loans to homes and businesses. Learn More.
- Energy Efficiency Discounts - 50% off energy upgrades and discounted energy audits for income qualified homeowners. More here.
- Xcel Energy 2017-2018 Business Program Summary
- Xcel Energy 2017-2018 Residential Rebate Summary Sheet
- Home Energy Squad (available on the Xcel Energy store)
- Energy Saver: National energy savings resources
- Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP): A program that assists low-income families and individuals with their heating costs. The program runs from November 1 through April 30 each year.
- Weatherization Assistance Program: Free weatherization improvements are available to income-qualified homeowners and renters through Longs Peak Energy Conservation (LPEC).
Water Conservation and Quality
- DrinkTap: Water Saving Tips and Resources
- Sustainable Landscape Information
- Slow the Flow, Center for ReSource Conservation: A Boulder County based organization with resources and teams specializing in water conservation in homes, business, and for landscape.
- Toilet Upgrade Program, Center for ReSource Conservation: Save water and money with every flush – get a high-efficiency toilet upgrade! Through a cost-share program with your local municipality and the Center for ReSource Conservation, you can get a modern, sleek toilet that works even better than your old one and uses a fraction of the water for much less than the cost of buying it at a big box store.
- Water Wise Seminars, Center for ReSource Conservation: Every spring, the Center for ReSource Conservation partners with local water providers to offer Water-Wise Landscape Seminars on Xeriscape and other sustainable landscaping practices. These expert-led seminars are offered at no cost to residents, and they are open to everyone.
- Keep It Clean Partnership: A comprehensive program in our local area providing education, resources, and programs for residents and business related to storm water and pollution. Examples of programs include: Scoop the Poop, Lawn an Garden Tips, and Hazardous Waste Disposal.
- City Stormwater Program
- BASIN (Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network): Sustainability tips on a variety of areas, including water conservation and water quality.
- Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE): Water Conservation and Quality Business Resources
Solid Waste and Recycling
- Curbside Refuse, Compost, and Recycling
- Tree and Shrubs Recycling
- Local Recycling Options
- CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials) Guidelines
- CHaRM Electronics Recycling
Please visit the Transportation Page to learn more about transit options in Louisville. Be sure and check out the City Sustainability page to see what transportation sustainability measures the City has taken so far.
- Get a Free $50 Pre-loaded RTD MyRide card! (Limited Time Offer) - We’re happy to announce the City will host three MyRide events in partnership with Boulder County and RTD in the next two weeks! RTD’s MyRide Card is the newest way to pay your fare. It is a cashless, stored value card that you can use on most RTD services. You simply tap the card on the reader inside the bus or light rail and your fare is automatically deducted from your card balance. You can learn more at http://www.rtd-denver.com/myride.shtml. Boulder County received a grant from the Regional Air Quality Council to encourage participation in the program and will be distributing MyRide Cards preloaded with $50 at several events in Louisville. Here are the days and times:
- Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Louisville Public Library - 1st floor meeting room
- Saturday, July 29, 2017, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Louisville Public Library - 1st floor meeting room
- Thursday, August 3, 2017, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Louisville Public Library - 1st floor meeting room
Local Food and Agriculture
- Community Garden: A place for residents to grow fresh produce every year, located near the intersection of Garfield Avenue and Griffith Street. Learn more the garden and about upcoming events:
- Kids (and kids at heart) in the Garden, Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Harvest Party and Apple Pressing, Saturday, October 7, 2017, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Louisville Farmers Market
- Farmers’ Market Harvest Bucks: A program that makes nutritious and fresh food available to everyone.
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): A comprehensive website that enables residents to search what local CSAs are available as well as other local farming and produce options.
- Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE): a service that provides 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. The service is available to businesses and commercial property owners throughout Boulder County.
- City Green Business Recognition Program: Check out the Louisville businesses that are leading the way in business sustainability and consider patronizing the businesses listed that are more sustainable, improving our community health and economic vitality. Apply for 2017 recognition as a Louisville Green Business.
- Xcel Energy 2017-2018 Business Program Summary
Communities across Boulder County are taking action for sustainability and Louisville is a part of it!