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Posted on: October 26, 2018

Colorado Environmental Leadership Program Recognitions


Two Jefferson County departments have received the Bronze recognition from the 2018 Colorado Environmental Leadership Program (ELP).

The ELP is a statewide environmental recognition and reward program for  members that voluntarily go beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and are committed to continual environmental improvement. 

Jefferson County Road & Bridge was recognized for two projects:

  • Fuel Usage Education/Analysis and the Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement Program
    • Through their enhancement of employee education and engagement regarding fuel usage, they achieved an annual savings of $59,000 in fuel costs, over 17,000 gallons of fuel, and an estimated reduction in air emissions of 345,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.
  • Recycling Asphalt Millings
    • Their investment in the equipment necessary to recycle asphalt millings instead of buying new gravel materials led to a savings of $350,000 in 2017.

Jefferson County Open Space was awarded for the efforts of the Trail Stewardship Team

Each summer since 1975, youth ages 14-18 are employed for a seven-week period to maintain and improve natural surface trails, mitigate noxious weeds, and restore natural areas in Jefferson County Parks. A strong educational component is also part of the experience, helping create a stewardship ethic for the land while also creating a positive work experience. Over the years, a wide range of topics have been shared as part of this educational component such as ecology, forestry, and plant and animal identification in the Front Range.

  • This award recognizes their dedication to not only continue this very important program but through their education component, we now have hundreds of Jeffco youth learning about our lands, ways to preserve it, keep it safe and protect it.

Thank you to everyone involved in all of these projects and congratulations to the teams!

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