Sustainable Wheat Ridge

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1.0_web site collage.001In June 2018, the Sustainable Wheat Ridge (SWR) Committee published recommendations to enhance the environmental sustainability of Wheat Ridge, provide strong financial returns, and bring substantial benefits to public health, community cohesion, and livability.

Each recommendation or “focus area” provides a general assessment of the timeline, cost, and environmental benefits, along with proposed metrics and City resources necessary to enact the recommendations.

Current Projects & Programs

  • Sustainable Neighborhoods
    • Wheat Ridge is joining Lakewood, Denver and Fort Collins as the newest member of the Sustainable Neighborhoods Network! Neighborhoods participating in this certification program receive guidance and support from city staff to organize workshops, projects and events that enhance the livability of their neighborhoods and reduce residents’ ecological footprints.
    • The City of Wheat Ridge is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Sustainable Neighborhoods Program and applications must be submitted by August 31, 2020. To learn more about the program, click here.
    • To start your application, click here.
  • Lawn Mower Exchange Program
    • The City has partnered with the Regional Air Quality Council for this year’s Mow Down Pollution program. This program provides $150 vouchers for Wheat Ridge residents who turn in a gas powered mower in order to purchase a new electric mower at Home Depot. 
    • Electric mowers reduce air pollution, start instantly, and don’t require gas, engine oil, fuel filters and other related maintenance. Details can be found here
  • Residential Compost Drop off Program:
    • The City has partnered with Denver metro composting program, Scraps, to start a compost drop off program for Wheat Ridge residents. All members will be able to drop off an unlimited amount of compost in the bin at any time of day and members can receive up to five gallons of compost from Scraps.
    • The drop off bins will be located at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center and the Wheat Ridge City Hall. The first 100 Wheat Ridge members will receive first two months free with the purchase of your starter kit, thanks to Sustainable Wheat Ridge! Sign up here today!
  • Residential Virtual Home Energy Audits
    • Through a partnership with Xcel Energy, the City is offering free virtual Home Energy Squad audits, worth over $600.
    • The no-cost visit is conducted online to help residents discover low cost energy-saving opportunities. Auditors can even deliver a FREE, customized kit of energy-saving items for DIY installation. Sign up here!

Published report

The six areas of focus for Sustainable Wheat Ridge are as follows:

1) Communications and Engagement

Effective communication and engagement is critical to the success of achieving City sustainability objectives. This focus area establishes consistent outreach, advocacy, and stewardship relating to sustainability efforts within the City of Wheat Ridge. Specifically SWR will increase the City’s role in educating and providing support to the community on issues related to environmental sustainability, and engage community members to take ownership and responsibility for their own sustainability practices.

2) Green Building and Energy Efficiency

This focus area works toward increasing the efficiency of how buildings and their sites use energy, water, and materials while reducing impacts on health and the environment. High-level guidance will be provided to City residents based on the principles of sustainable building design to promote vibrant neighborhoods, create a resilient local economy, and enhance community character.

3) Renewable Energy

This plan proposes a target of 100% renewable energy for all uses, including buildings and transportation, by 2050. To meet this goal the committee plans to promote renewable energy policy beyond and promote renewable energy opportunities within the City, as well as procure or incentivize onsite solar power projects.

4) Solid Waste and Recycling

Preventing waste from entering our landfills through composting, recycling, and waste reduction must be the primary objective when looking to improve our current waste disposal practices. This plan outlines recommendations for the City to take action on improving current waste management in Wheat Ridge.

5) Transportation

The transportation focus area seeks to provide mobility for residents of all ages that encourages and facilitates healthy living, reduces dependence on personal automobiles to improve air and water quality and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases flexibility for travelers, and reduces costs.

6) Water

This focus area addresses efforts to both conserve water and improve water quality with a two-pronged approach: one, substantial voluntary efforts put forth by residents and businesses within Wheat Ridge and two, providing new incentives, regulations, or dedicated funding mechanisms necessary to the long-term health of Clear Creek, the city’s lakes, and other water bodies.