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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.  

Cover your Ash! 

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is confirmed in Westminster. NOW is the time to act to save your valuable ash tree! 

What can I do to save my ash?

  1. Determine if you have an ash tree

  2. Decide if your ash tree can be saved

  3. Identify treatment or removal options

  4. Treat and create a treatment cycle for the future! 

Learn more about the EAB and what how to save your trees!

Engagement Opportunities and Programs: 

Improve 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: 

  • Mow Less: 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 cheap: 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

The SAGE Sustainable Business Program has already benefited more than 175 Westminster businesses

Since April 2021, over 175 businesses have received some type of assistance – whether it be information sharing, education, or additional outreach services; that’s approximately 6% of Westminster’s total businesses. The City also partners with local organizations and service providers (such as Eco-Cycle, Xcel Energy, and the Colorado Green Business Network) for several initiatives, including lighting upgrades, free energy assessments, and electric vehicle education. Additionally, the program distributed $6,500 directly to businesses last year through the SAGE Accelerator Grant. This year, SAGE will expand its grant funding to $3,000 per project, and offer free energy and water saving products.

Learn more about SAGE and the impact its had on Westminster businesses here!

Sustainability News

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Highlight Projects

SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE HOSTS EV SHOWCASE AT ORCHARD TOWN CENTER FARMERS MARKET Screen Shot 2022-07-11 at 3.07.37 PM

What do Electric Vehicles, LED lightbulbs, and dog poopbag dispensers have in common? They were all the rage at the Orchard Town Center Farmers Market this past Sunday. The Sustainability Office, along with Drive Clean Colorado hosted its second consecutive Electric Vehicle (EV) showcase. Around 400 farmers market attendees checked out six different EVs and chatted with City staff about sustainability programs and could sign-up to be a member of the Solar United Neighbors solar co-op. The Sustainability Office gave away ~100 LED lightbulbs kits, reusable tote bags, and dog poopbag dispensers.


WESTMINSTER AWARDED 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