Local Sustainability Resources and Programming
Did you read the latest Louisville Community update? It's ALL about sustainability!
Nominate a Louisville business for the 2017 Louisville Green Business People's Choice Award!
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. 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.
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 - View the presentation
- Session 3: The Louisville Water System - Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Please RSVP here.
- Special Session: The Lafayette/Louisville Solar Workshop - Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Lafayette Library.
Boulder County Sustainability
- Bike Racks - While supplies last, Boulder County and the City of Louisville are offering business owners free bike racks. Contact info@PACEpartners.com.
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:
- 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.
- 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: Local area group providing education, resources, and programs for residents and business related to storm water and pollution. Examples of programs include: Scoop the Poop, Lawn and 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. Also, be sure and check out the City Sustainability page to see what transportation sustainability measures the City has taken so far.
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. Upcoming events.
- Louisville Farmers Market
- Farmers’ Market Harvest Bucks: This program makes nutritious, fresh food available to everyone.
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): Search what local CSAs are available as well as other local farming and produce options.
- Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE): Providing free, expert advisor services, financial incentives and a certification program to help Boulder County businesses measure and gain recognition for their energy, waste, water, and transportation achievements.
- 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!