Current Local Efforts:
**Community Recycling Efforts: Between the years 2010 and the beginning of 2012, trash collectors, residents, businesses, the Environmental Advisory Board and the Green Team worked together to prepare recommendations for City Council on how to improve recycling in Westminster. On June 2, 2012, the Environmental Advisory Board submitted recommendations on how to improve recycling in the Westminster community. The Board and staff are currently working on recommended revisions the solid waste code basd on feedback from the Council and improving education on recycling and the recycling drop-off location program. Fees and a recycling diversion rate for the City are not being investigated.
**Offset your Carbon Emissions Locally and make a donation to the Living Legacy Tree Program. To offset you carbon emissions at home or at work, you may choose to donate the entire cost of a tree in your family or business's name or make a smaller doncation to be combined with others until the total of $250 is met. Learn more about your carbon emissions through our Carbon Calculator and how you can make a donation to the Living Legacy Tree Program.
**Green Guide: How to be green when living, visiting or doing business in Westminster.
**Photovoltaic solar power purchase agreement pilot program with Main StreetPower to use City facilities as hosts for its photovoltaic solar systems.
On Jan. 5, 2009, the City's Green Team provided recommendations to City Council. The Team's recommendations support the City Council's Strategic Plan Goal of being a Beautiful and Environmentally Sensitive City that has energy efficient, environmentally sensitive City operations.
In December 2009, the Team completed a 2009 Annual Report of their activities. Additionally, while not an all encompassing list, the breadth of ways in which Westminster is green is astounding.
Supporting a sustainable community is a priority for the City of Westminster.
Find the Westminster Green Team on
What is "Green Matters"? Westminster's Green Team has begun a deliberate education campaign under the "Green Matters" logo to help identify quickly environmental issues in which website visitors might be interested.
Sustainability is defined as meeting current needs without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs by balancing environmental, economic and social concerns. The quality of life in Westminster is joined to the health and well-being of our community and our environment.
The city’s sustainability efforts serve as a means to inspire critical thinking about our priorities and the impacts of our behaviors. All of us - residents, businesses and government - can take simple actions every day that will make Westminster better today and create a positive legacy for future generations.
In addition to local efforts, Westminster has signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, Westminster has committed to:
- A. Urge the federal government and state governments to enact policies and programs to meet or beat the target of reducing global warming pollution levels to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012, including efforts to: reduce the United States’ dependence on fossil fuels and accelerate the development of clean, economical energy resources and fuel-efficient technologies such as methane recovery for energy generation, waste to energy, wind and solar energy, fuel cells, efficient motor vehicles, biofuels and through conservation efforts;
- B. Urge the U.S. Congress to pass bipartisan greenhouse gas reduction legislation that includes 1) clear timetables and emissions limits and 2) a flexible, market-based system of tradable allowances among emitting industries; and
- C. Strive to meet or exceed Kyoto Protocol targets for reducing global warming pollution by taking actions in our own operations and communities.
As an internationally recognized environmental steward, Westminster knows that its efforts locally will impact the global community.
Questions, comments or wish to provide input? Please contact Rachel Harlow-Schalk, Senior Projects Officer at 303-658-2189 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.