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A sustainable community is a desirable place to live, work, visit and play. At the core, sustainability is about creating an economically strong, socially vibrant, and environmentally healthy community for current and future generations.  

We’re proud to announce Westminster has been awarded a SolSmart Gold designation! SolSmart-Logo_Gold_color.web.print_cropped637757133375067540

The City of Westminster is making our community more solar-friendly and environmentally sustainable by adopting programs and practices that make it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar. 

About the designation: Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, SolSmart recognizes cities and counties for cutting red tape and making solar more affordable and accessible for homes and businesses. We are committed to reducing solar energy costs at the local level and encouraging even more homes and businesses to use this clean, affordable energy source. The SolSmart Gold designation recognizes that we are “open for solar business,” helping to attract solar industry investment that generates economic development and jobs.

Learn more about SolSmart 

Engagement Opportunities: 

May is Air Quality Awareness Month: Help Protect our Air!

The Denver-Boulder metro area experiences some of the worst air quality in North America. Per EPA standards, 2019 had 265 days of unhealthy air quality and 25 ozone action days – almost an entire month – where everyone was encouraged to avoid outdoor activity! The EPA also recently downgraded the region’s air quality to “severe”! So...your little actions can add up. See below for a few actions you can take to chip in: 

  • No Mow May: Mowing your lawn less creates habitat and can increase the abundance and diversity of wildlife including bees and other pollinators. Learn more here
  • Get an electric lawn mower for later in the year: Recycle your old gas-fueled lawnmower with an electric lawnmower and earn a $150 rebate! Sign up here
  • Stay Informed: Check out the City's new Air Quality webpage

Waterwise Landscaping Seminars:Garden in a Box

Resource Central's annual Waterwise Yard Seminar series is almost here! Hear from local landscape experts on how to keep your yard looking great (or how to get started on a new project!) while using less water. All events are taught as online webinars and are completely FREE and open to the public. 

Get a jumpstart on your waterwise yard project and register here
 


Pints and (Solar) Power! Solar Co-Op Info Session and Trivia: SUNBenefits_2022

What: Sip a drink and learn about the benefits of rooftop solar energy and about the Westminster and Adams County Solar Co-Op! Solar United Neighbors (SUN) will present information about how the co-op works and benefits of solar. A Q&A session and trivia will follow. Appetizers will be provided and drinks available, complementary drinks provided to at least the first 10 attendees! City of Westminster staff from the Sustainability Office will be present and City Councilors hope to drop by! 

Where: Kokopelli Beer Company (8931 N Harlan St, Westminster, CO 80031) in the "Green Room" which has a separate entrance that will be marked by SUN posters. 

When: Tuesday, June 14th; 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MDT

Register here!

Westminster has been awarded a SolSmart Gold designation! SolSmart-Logo_Gold_color.web.print_cropped637757133375067540

The City of Westminster is making our community more solar-friendly and environmentally sustainable by adopting programs and practices that make it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar. 

About the designation: Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, SolSmart recognizes cities and counties for cutting red tape and making solar more affordable and accessible for homes and businesses. We are committed to reducing solar energy costs at the local level and encouraging even more homes and businesses to use this clean, affordable energy source. The SolSmart Gold designation recognizes that we are “open for solar business,” helping to attract solar industry investment that generates economic development and jobs.

Read about the City's solar efforts

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Sustainability examples

  • The city's reclaimed water system treats waste water for use in landscape irrigation. By build out, the system will save 3,500 acre feet of water, enough to supply 8,150 single family homes with all of the water they would need for a year.
     
  • The city purchases over 4.2 mega watts of energy from community solar gardens for city facilities, saving the city $30,000 per year in energy costs and reducing the city's green house gas emissions. By the end of 2022, over 60% of the electricity sourced for City facilities will be from community solar. 
     
  • Westminster in a Platinum Level Solar Friendly Community and a SolSmart Gold designated community, and we have the numbers to prove it. As of 2017, 1,632 single-family homes have solar installed, which represents 6 percent of all homes. And those homes generate 8.9 megawatts of power.
     
  • The City has set a goal that 20 percent of housing units in Downtown Westminster would be workforce housing, targeting families earning 80 percent of the Area Median Income.
     
  • Westminster's golf courses-Legacy Ridge and Walnut Creek are dedicated to environmental stewardship and sustainability. Both of our award-winning golf courses follow the sustainability principles set forth by the Audubon International program and GCSAA's Best Management Practices, taking a proactive environmental approach to make sure we keep the "green" in golf. Find out more here.