Environmental Sustainability

Posted on: April 29, 2019

Lafayette Sustainability News – April 2019

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Water Conservation Master Plan

On April 2, 2019, Council adopted the 2018 Water Conservation Master Plan for the City of Lafayette. To receive state funding for water resources, this plan must meet the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s guidelines. The new plan is an update to the 2010 Water Conservation plan and ensures the City remains in compliance.

The Water Conservation Master Plan shows how the community, even with the growth the city has experienced, continues to meet our water conservation goals. Residents have managed to keep daily water use at 2012 drought-level conditions.

Learn more about our water conservation programs and how you can contribute to managing our most precious resource.

Horizon Solar Garden

The City of Lafayette is committed to advancing renewable energy and proud to be a part of the new Lafayette Horizon solar garden project on City-owned land, in the area of 120th and Horizon Ave., that came online in February 2019. Working with developer Community Energy Solar, the City has now committed community solar subscriptions in five gardens: the Lafayette Horizon Solar Garden (operational February 2019), the Platteville Solar Garden (Summer 2019), the Alden Solar Garden (Summer 2019), and the two solar gardens along Baseline Road (built in 2013) at the City’s Water Reclamation Plant. Currently, the City has subscribed roughly 56% of the City’s load in these community solar gardens.  Staff is working diligently in 2019 to work towards solutions to 100% renewable energy.

Sustainability Plan 

The City is preparing to begin work on a community Sustainability Plan later this summer. A request for proposals has been issued and the selection of the consultant will occur in May 2019. This plan will create a unified framework for pursuing sustainability across a range of areas such as energy efficiency and renewable energy, green building, transportation, waste reduction and recycling, and outreach and education. Public meetings will be held in order to gather community input.

Internal Sustainability Team

To demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and lead by example, the City has implemented an internal sustainability team. The team will look at City operations, practices, and facilities to identify areas where we can become more sustainable. City staff from every department will be on the team to ensure organization-wide participation.

Green Business Program

The Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee (LESAC) and Boulder County’s Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) have announced this year’s certified Green Businesses. City Council recognized these certified businesses at the April 16, 2019, Council meeting. See the list of certified businesses, how they are contributing to a more sustainable Lafayette, and learn how other businesses can participate.

Dog Waste Compost Program

The Waste Reduction Advisory Committee (WRAC) and Parks and Recreation staff launched a pilot program in April 2019 to encourage Great Bark Dog Park users to compost their pets’ waste. Composting pet waste reduces the amount of material deposited in landfills, prevents polluting groundwater and streams, and produces a quality soil additive that improves both the physical condition and fertility of the soil.

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