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Posted on: May 18, 2022

Sustainability: Working Together for the Future

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Jefferson County has made a commitment to its constituents to make decisions that protect the economic, social, and environmental health of the community. Making decisions and taking action that is sustainable recognizes the "big picture" and takes into account the impact on future generations as well as today's pressing needs. A sustainability framework requires that decisions are made that give equal consideration to the economy, society, and environment.

Jefferson County is committed to lead by example, promote public participation, and engage in community partnerships that improve our quality of life and protect the natural systems that sustain life.

Sustainability Efforts 
Management of our facilities, our internal operations, and the delivery of our services is a focus of Jefferson County. Striving to minimize our environmental impact while simultaneously considering cost-containment and the social good defines our Sustainability Program. 

The Board of County Commissioners (“Board”) approved formalizing years of past sustainability-related efforts by creating a dedicated sustainability coordinator position within Facilities Management in 2017. The Sustainability program was subsequently launched with the primary goal of addressing county facilities and internal operations focusing on:

  • Energy Management
  • Renewable Energy
  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Waste Diversion
  • Reduce Expenses

Efforts are only as good as the data to show progress, areas of improvements and successes. In an effort to report our long-term sustainability goals, we began benchmarking performance in 2017 and every year since have released a Sustainability Report. The 2021 report, and past year’s, can be found on the sustainability webpage at https://www.jeffco.us/3406/Sustainability-Commission.

Jefferson County Sustainability Commission

In 2014, the commissioners recognized that building a sustainable future for the county is not solely the work of government. There is a role for every member of the community. As such, the Board established the Jefferson County Sustainability Commission by resolution on February 18, 2014, as a way to engage the broader community in the county's sustainability efforts. Consisting of 9 volunteers, they provide expertise, resources and promote awareness in the area of sustainability. 

They are currently working on a community-wide Climate Action Plan to address greenhouse gas emissions and help the community adapt to and help mitigate the effects of climate change. Learn more about the Plan and the project timeline here https://www.jeffco.us/4410/Climate-Action-Plan.

To honor achievements related to environmental stewardship, efficient use of resources, economic vitality, and innovation in alignment with Jefferson County's mission, vision, values, and goals, the Commissioners, along with the Sustainability Commission, recently presented the 2022 Sustainability Awards. Four winners were acknowledged at our public hearing on May 10. Winners are:

  • Student/Educational Institution Award Winner: Leah Walker, School of Mines
  • Organization/Business Award Winner: ZERO Market, Edgewater 
  • Resident Award: Shiela DeForest
  • Eco-Employee Award: Theresa Worsham, City of Golden

For more information on each winner, including honorable mentions, visit https://www.jeffco.us/4411/Awards.

Our everyday choices have an impact on our planet, community, and county. So, as we continue to move forward with our sustainability efforts, I invite you to join us, become involved and let us know your thoughts.

Andy

 

Commissioner Kerr can be reached at [email protected] or (303) 271-8503.

To learn more about the Jefferson County Commissioners, visit our website. The Board of County Commissioners’ public hearings are held on most Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. and we invite you to join us for public comment. Click here for details.

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