The City of Louisville, led by our Sustainability Action Plan, continuously works toward a more sustainable future through programs, policy and initiatives and furthered that commitment by voting to adopt the Paris Climate Agreement on July 5, 2017.
Climate & Energy
City facilities currently participates in a myriad of renewable energy programs, which accumulates to approximately 56 percent carbon-free electricity running City buildings.
Onsite solar generation produces about 1,045 kW of electricity, with an additional 1,000 kW developed through solar gardens in Boulder County. The City manages 493 kW of solar energy through Xcel Energy's Renewable*Connect program.
In efforts to minimize our carbon footprint, the City has partnered with Xcel Energy and other organizations across the region to enhance our renewable capacity and increase overall efficiency. In 2017, Louisville achieved a 3.2% decrease in electricity usage and a 1% decrease in natural gas usage from our 2015 baseline, successfully shrinking our overall carbon footprint by 11% MTCO2 across the community!
LED Streetlight Replacement
700 of the 1,800 streetlights in the City have been replaced with LEDs, increasing efficiency and long-term affordability. The City is planning to convert the remaining 1,100 streetlights throughout the next six years.
Energy Future Collaboration
On September 7, 2018, the City of Louisville and Xcel Energy entered into an Energy Future Collaboration. For Louisville and Xcel Energy, the MOU provides a strategy and framework for cooperation and achievement of a shared vision through broad collaboration, focusing on innovation, clean energy, economic development opportunities, customer choice programs and technology – known as the Energy Future Collaboration Partnership.
Transportation Master Plan (TMP)
The Transportation Master Plan is being led by the City’s Planning Department and managed by an external consultant. In 2018, the TMP conducted extensive citizen outreach and ongoing analysis. The TMP, the first for Louisville, is due for completion in Summer of 2019, and will address multi-modal and first-and-last-mile solutions.
In 2017 the City approved the use of Class 1 and Class 2 electrical assisted bikes (e-bikes) on all streets and trails. E-bikes are a great way to get more people on bikes and to ride more often and to more distant locations. As an alternative form of transportation, the use of e-bikes helps to lower carbon emissions.
In 2013, the City installed a Level 2 dual port EVSE charging station at the Louisville Public Library. With the renovation of the Recreation Center, a Level 2 dual part charging station will also be installed for Rec Center patrons and will be partially funded from a grant from the Regional Air Quality Council.
Walkability & Bikeability
Louisville has 32 miles of contiguous bicycle trails throughout the city. We are very proud of our walkable downtown with a Walk Score of 82!
In 2018, the City created a traffic safety program that included installation of traffic calming solutions at specific locations and a public outreach campaign to raise awareness throughout Louisville. The City consulted with staff from BVSD before finalizing the traffic calming solutions and continues to seek input for future improvements. Refuge islands were installed at the intersections of Pine Street & Garfield Avenue, Pine Street & McKinley Avenue, Pine Street & Lincoln Avenue and Bella Vista Drive & Hoover Avenue.
Over the course of 2019, the City is coordinating a fleet study with Xcel Energy that will utilize diagnostics software on various fleet vehicles. Fleet diagnostics will help us understand fuel usage, areas for efficiency improvements and driver behavior.
Recycling & Composting
The City implemented a residential “pay-as-you-throw” priced recycling and composting program in 2009, which, along with yard waste collection, diverts approximately 45 percent of Louisville’s waste stream from the landfill.
All City facilities provide recycling and composting for employees and facility guests, and in 2018, the City required all special events permitted through the City to include waste diversion plans and mapping.
In 2019, the City will begin increasing recycling capabilities at Parks and Open Spaces as well as strategic implementation for composting at high-use areas, such as shelters.
The City is committed to purchasing green products for special events. All cutlery, plates and cups used at City events are entirely compostable!
Coal Creek Golf Course, the Louisville Sports Complex, Miners Field and Dutch Creek Park are all irrigated with recycled water. City staff are currently evaluating new scenarios to expand the reuse system in the next 3 to 5 years.
A new, more efficient Waste Water Treatment plant (supported in part by a state grant) has been completed. This allows us to meet more rigorous standards in water treatment, reducing contaminants into Coal Creek. The new plant uses more efficient pumps and blowers as well, reducing its energy use.
Local Food & Agriculture
The City currently hosts one community garden, maintained by local residents and managed by Denver Urban Gardens (DUG). In 2018, 23 of the 24 plots were rented. Approximately one third of the gardeners were new to the garden.
There is a wait list once again for the 2019 season.
The City of Louisville has approved the raising of a small number of chickens in residential back yards.