4. Energy and Climate
Boulder’s efforts to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy are essential to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping reduce the severity of future climate change. As are our efforts to promote alternative transportation options and a compact city form, the objective is to help address energy and climate goals and integrate them with other planning activities including decisions regarding development patterns and infrastructure.
Changes in the dynamics of energy markets as well as the threat of climate change may profoundly affect our community both economically and physically. A number of factors are increasing uncertain about future energy issues. Rapidly evolving technology, economic benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy are providing Boulder and Boulder County with new opportunities to take charge of our energy future and make greater use of local and regional energy resources.
The policies in this section support the city and county’s goals of meeting energy needs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and adapting to climate changes:
4.01 Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The city and county will identify and implement innovative as well as cost-effective actions to dramatically reduce the community’s contribution to total global greenhouse gas emissions.
4.02 Climate Adaptation Planning
The city and county will cooperatively develop and implement a climate change adaptation plan to identify current vulnerabilities and determine strategies to protect the community against the potential negative impacts. These challenges include droughts, flash flooding, communicable diseases, heat waves, fire mitigation and fire protection and increased road maintenance. The city and county seek to improve the community’s ability to effectively and quickly respond and recover from adversity and disruptions.
4.03 Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy
The city and county will implement innovative programs and opportunities for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce energy consumption and develop local energy generation. The city will support private decisions to use renewable energy, develop local renewable energy resources and preserve options for developing renewable energy in the future. The city will review and consider revisions to regulations to support on-site energy generation including solar and wind.
The city and county will pursue an energy path that:
4.04 Energy-Efficient Land Use
The city and county will encourage energy conservation through land use policies and regulations governing placement, orientation and clustering of development.
The city and county will:
Energy conservation programs will be sensitive to the unique situations that involve historic preservation, low-income homeowners and renters and ensure that programs assisting these groups are continued.
4.06 Construction Waste Minimization
The city and county will encourage renovation of existing buildings over demolition and develop policies and programs that promote the reuse of materials salvaged after deconstruction.
4.07 Waste Minimization and Recycling
The city and county will pursue and support programs and activities that reduce the amount of waste that must be landﬁlled and pursue Zero Waste as a long term goal. Policies, programs and regulations will emphasize waste prevention, reuse, composting, recycling and the use of materials with recycled content.
4.08 Environmental Purchasing Policy
The city will maintain a robust Environmental Purchasing Policy for the city organization that promotes the purchase of recycled and compostable products and encourages consideration of materials, length of use, re-use and disposal options, as well as cost when procuring materials and products.
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