- Climate Action Plan
- Sustainability Awards
- Sustainability Foundation
The purpose of the Sustainability Commission is to create an informational clearinghouse and an open compendium of sustainability best practices.
Duties include identifying and articulating sustainability goals, objectives and voluntary targets for county government and industrial, commercial, residential and recreational sectors county-wide.
The commission provides expertise, resources and promotes awareness in the area of sustainability. The work shall be advisory. Any citizen or business participation in any commission program or initiatives is strictly voluntary.
Year in Review:
On August 25, 2020, members of the Sustainability Commission, in partnership with Public Health, met with the County Commissioners to brief them on the unfolding climate change crisis and ask for their approval for a Climate Action Plan ("CAP").
On September 15, 2020, the Board approved and declared Climate Change a critical priority for Jefferson County with the passage of Resolution CC20-254, Acknowledging the Global Climate Crisis and Affirming the County's Commitment to Climate Action.
With the passage of Resolution CC20-254, members will now begin to formulate an implementation plan for the CAP creation. It is anticipated, an RFP for a consultant will be issued early 2021 and working work with county staff, commission members and Jefferson County Public Health finalizing the Plan late 2021.
Details and associated timeline will be posted here as they become available.
The Sustainability Commission typically meets monthly, the second Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Unless otherwise indicated, meetings are held at the Jefferson County Administration and Courts facility.
2021 Meeting Agendas and Minutes
|January 8 Fund Sub-Committee||Agenda||Minutes|
|January 15 Fund Sub-Committee||Agenda||Minutes|
|January 25 Fund Sub-Committee||Agenda||Minutes|
|January 29 Partners in Energy||Agenda||Minutes|
|February 1 Fund Sub-Committee||Agenda||Minutes|
|February 8 Fund Sub-Committee||Agenda||Minutes|
|February 22 Fund Sub-Committee||Agenda||Minutes|
|March 1 Fund Sub-Committee||Agenda||Minutes|
|March 8 Fund Sub-Committee||Agenda||Minutes|
|October 29 Partners in Energy||Agenda||Minutes|
2020 Meeting Agendas and Minutes
|March 5 (Special Mtg)||Agenda||Minutes|
|July 2 PIE Jeffco Team Mtg||Agenda||Minutes|
|July 13 Foundation Team Mtg||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 3 PIE Jeffco Team Mtg||Agenda||Minutes|
|December 10 Partners in Energy Call||Agenda||Minutes|
|December 14 Foundation Dev Sub-Committee||Agenda||Minutes|
2019 Meeting Agendas and Minutes
|February 13||Agenda||Minutes (unavailable)|
|March 13||Meeting canceled|
|April 10||Meeting canceled|
The Commission consists of nine members, serving three-year terms. Members are chosen based on an area of expertise within sustainability.
- Cedar Blazek (Term expires: September 30, 2023)
- Conor Merrigan (Term expires: September 30, 2023)
- Leigh Schmidt (Term expires: September 30, 2024)
- Kevin Morse (Term expires: September 30, 2023)
- Emily Beliveau (Term expires: September 30, 2024)
- Julia Patrick (Term expires: September 30, 2023)
- Jasmina Petrovic (Term expires: September 30, 2023)
- Frank Rukavina (Term expires: September 30, 2024)
- Jeffrey Wong (Term expires: September 30, 2024)
The Jefferson County Sustainability Awards acknowledge the contributions and leadership of organizations and businesses with respect to environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Nominees of the award shall be based within the county and align with the County's mission, vision and values set forth by the county commissioners.
Award winners will be recognized for their stewardship of resources, efficient use of resources, economic vitality and innovation to make Jefferson County more sustainable. At least one community award and one Jefferson County eco-employee award will be chosen. Nominations will be evaluated by members of the Sustainability Commission and county staff.
Nominations closed April 2, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Awards will be presented at the Board of County Commissioners hearing on April 27, 2021. For details, visit our Meetings and Agendas page.
Community winners were:
Evergreen's Alliance for Sustainability
Jefferson County Green Schools
New Spin Bike ReCyclery.
Eco-Employee award winner was Rakia Ranney, Jefferson County Public Health.
In 2014, the Board of County Commissioners ("BCC") established the Sustainability Commission ("Commission") to create an informational clearinghouse and an open compendium of sustainability best practices.
With the passage of Resolution CC20-254, the BCC declared addressing Climate Change as a critical priority for the County and resolved to develop a Climate Action Plan. For more details, click on the left tab titled Climate Action Plan.
Jefferson County and Community First Foundation ("CFF") have signed an Intergovernmental Agreement that will create a Sustainability Commission Fund which will enable CFF to accept tax-deductible donations in support of this effort. Donations could be used, for example, to retain a consultant to prepare a Climate Action Plan as well as other Commission lead efforts approved by the BCC.
Stay tuned on how to make donations to the Fund and support this important issue facing Jefferson County.
EV Rebates and Incentives
Electric vehicles are continuing to gain momentum, whether from the latest infrastructure bill at the national level or the new EV trucks on the horizon. Battery technology keeps improving, charging infrastructure keeps expanding, and the rebates and incentives to buy continue to help offset the slightly higher price tags. Several sweet spots and hot deals have already passed for many cars, but more are on the horizon and your local utilities are likely to continue their incentives as well.
Before you make a decision to buy a new car, take a look at an electric. Many of the old arguments against them have been addressed, and sites like Electric for All can help you navigate the best available incentives and rebates to bring the price points way down.
What Sustainability in Jeffco Looks Like
Take a moment to check out the sustainability commission’s 2020 annual report; it was a busy year! The big lift for our volunteer commission was preparing to develop a county-wide climate action plan to help identify equitable strategies to address climate change. We were able to establish a separate dedicated sustainability foundation and shepherd passage of a County resolution recognizing the threat posed by climate change, which has resulted in a solicitation for a consultant to help develop this plan in 2022. Check out the rest of the website to find out more, including meeting minutes for any and all of the meetings we’ve held.
While 2021 has been largely about the behind-the-scenes work to get this moving, 2022 will be bringing opportunities for you to engage, offer your suggestions, and lend your voice to this critical effort to prioritize efforts to make Jefferson County more of a leader in climate action.