Sustainability Program

Jefferson County is dedicated to sustainability in the management of our facilities, our internal processes, and the delivery of our services. The goal of the sustainability program in Facilities Management is to provide robust facilities for staff and the public while simultaneously reducing our environmental footprint and containing costs.

The county’s first Sustainability Coordinator was hired in 2017, enabling the execution of the strategies and goals of the program formalized in the first Sustainability Plan. The focus areas of the sustainability program through 2020 are:

  1. Energy efficiency and renewable energy
  2. Water conservation
  3. Recycling and waste diversion
  4. Employee engagement
  5. Public outreach

Annual Sustainability Reports

2019 Jefferson County Sustainability Report_Page_01 Opens in new windowIn an effort to monitor and report on progress made towards our sustainability goals, we began measuring and benchmarking our performance in 2017. The inaugural Sustainability Report was released shortly thereafter in 2018. Get all the details of our progress in 2019 in our 2nd annual Sustainability Report available now!

Awards & Accomplishments

2017 Colorado Communities Award

Given by the State of Colorado and Compact of Colorado Communities at the 2017 Colorado Communities Symposium, this award recognizes innovative programs and initiatives in the public and private sectors that demonstrate a bold vision for a clean, resilient, and prosperous Colorado. Facilities Management was awarded based on our Energy Performance Contracting work with McKinstry, in which we implemented lighting upgrades, water-saving measures, HVAC improvements, and installation of solar photovoltaic systems at several sites. These facilities improvements are saving approximately $477,780 annually, a shining example of how environmental responsibility goes hand-in-hand with cost-containment.

Solsmart Designation – Gold

SolSmart, a U.S. Department of Energy program aimed at helping communities increase use of solar power, awarded Jefferson County a Gold designation  in 2017 as a national leader in advancing the development of solar energy. Jefferson County is one of only 40 counties across the nation to receive designation at the Gold level, the highest level awarded in the program.

Colorado Environmental Leadership Program – Bronze Achiever

Facilities Management was recognized in 2017 as an organization that goes above and beyond compliance with state and federal regulations, and as committed to continual environmental improvement. Through performance contracting, Facilities Management has implemented a variety of initiatives throughout Jefferson County facilities designed to save energy, save water, and generate renewable energy.

Xcel Energy® Partners in Energy

The Sustainability Coordinator is assisting the Jefferson County Sustainability Commission with the implementation of the Jeffco Energy Action Plan created through the Xcel Energy Partners in Energy  offering, a community collaboration approved by the Board of County Commissioners in April 2017. The Energy Action Plan aims to help residents, commercial businesses, and county facilities save money on utility bills through energy and water efficiency and conservation measures. Jefferson County and Xcel Energy are pleased to work together to achieve our community goals. Check out the Sustainability Commission page for more information and recent developments of Partners in Energy.