April 20, 2018

Jacob's Golden Update: Mountain Bike Skills Park and Other News

Jacob’s Golden Update: March 16, 2010

1. Mountain Bike Skills Park Gets the Green Light
2. Golden Vision Summit: March 23
3. Jackson Street Corridor: Additional Refinements
4. City Council Supports Renewable Energy Bills
5. 2010 Census Kicks Off
6. Shelton Elementary’s Big Heart
7. i-Neighbors: Beverly Heights
8. Jacob’s Golden Blog Roundup
9. Other Upcoming Events
10. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, April 8
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Jacob’s Golden Update: Mountain Bike Skills Park and Other News

Jacob’s Golden Update: March 16, 2010

1. Mountain Bike Skills Park Gets the Green Light
2. Golden Vision Summit: March 23
3. Jackson Street Corridor: Additional Refinements
4. City Council Supports Renewable Energy Bills
5. 2010 Census Kicks Off
6. Shelton Elementary’s Big Heart
7. i-Neighbors: Beverly Heights
8. Jacob’s Golden Blog Roundup
9. Other Upcoming Events
10. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, April 8
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Vancouver's Ambitious Vision

The city of Vancouver, British Columbia is getting some attention for its new Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future city strategy and vision document.  Their new vision statement eloquently highlights the links between environmental and economic health:

We envision a bright green future that couples economic prosperity, health, and happiness with decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. We envision less pollution and cleaner air, less machine noise and more birdsong, less pavement and more green space, fewer sick days and healthier people. We want to send a clear and compelling message to the world: prosperity and environmental stewardship can be partners, not opposing forces. We can meet the challenge of climate change in ways that will improve the quality of life for our children, and our children’s children.

Their new city plan sets a high bar for community visions:

  • Create 20,000 new green jobs.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 33 percent from 2007 levels.
  • All new construction is carbon neutral.
  • Improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings by 20 percent.
  • The majority of trips in the city (more than 50%) are by foot, bicycle, and public transit.
  • Reduce per capita solid waste going to the landfill or incinerator by 40%.
  • Every person walks within a five-minute walk of a park, beach, greenway, or other natural space.
  • Plant 150,000 additional trees in the city.
  • Reduce per capita ecological footprint by 33 percent.
  • Always meet or beat the strongest of B.C., Canada, and World Health Organization drinking water standards.
  • Reduce per capita water consumption by 33 percent.
  • Always meet or beat World Health Organization air quality guidelines.
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of our food by 33 percent.

In case you haven’t looked at it in a while, I inserted our own Golden Sustainability Initiative goals below.  Vancouver is definitely setting an ambitious bar, but the comparison is encouraging because ours goals, while they are ambitious, are pretty moderate by comparison.  The Sustainability Advisory Board will be reporting to City Council in the near future on their progress toward meeting our goals.  We’ll figure out where we are at and what adjustments we need to make to help the board, city staff, and community groups keep the ball moving forward.

Golden Sustainability Initiative Goals adopted Aug. 2007

Vancouver’s Ambitious Vision

The city of Vancouver, British Columbia is getting some attention for its new Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future city strategy and vision document.  Their new vision statement eloquently highlights the links between environmental and economic health:

We envision a bright green future that couples economic prosperity, health, and happiness with decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. We envision less pollution and cleaner air, less machine noise and more birdsong, less pavement and more green space, fewer sick days and healthier people. We want to send a clear and compelling message to the world: prosperity and environmental stewardship can be partners, not opposing forces. We can meet the challenge of climate change in ways that will improve the quality of life for our children, and our children’s children.

Their new city plan sets a high bar for community visions:

  • Create 20,000 new green jobs.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 33 percent from 2007 levels.
  • All new construction is carbon neutral.
  • Improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings by 20 percent.
  • The majority of trips in the city (more than 50%) are by foot, bicycle, and public transit.
  • Reduce per capita solid waste going to the landfill or incinerator by 40%.
  • Every person walks within a five-minute walk of a park, beach, greenway, or other natural space.
  • Plant 150,000 additional trees in the city.
  • Reduce per capita ecological footprint by 33 percent.
  • Always meet or beat the strongest of B.C., Canada, and World Health Organization drinking water standards.
  • Reduce per capita water consumption by 33 percent.
  • Always meet or beat World Health Organization air quality guidelines.
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of our food by 33 percent.

In case you haven’t looked at it in a while, I inserted our own Golden Sustainability Initiative goals below.  Vancouver is definitely setting an ambitious bar, but the comparison is encouraging because ours goals, while they are ambitious, are pretty moderate by comparison.  The Sustainability Advisory Board will be reporting to City Council in the near future on their progress toward meeting our goals.  We’ll figure out where we are at and what adjustments we need to make to help the board, city staff, and community groups keep the ball moving forward.

Golden Sustainability Initiative Goals adopted Aug. 2007

Jacob's Golden Update: Improving Public Input in Development Projects and Other News

Jacob’s Golden Update: September 9, 2009

1. City Council Considers Improving Public Input in Development Projects
2. Golden’s Energy Performance Contract: Saving Taxpayers $82,500 Per Year
3. Golden Gallup Returns This Saturday (September 12)
4. New Outdoor Seating Permit at 13th and Washington
5. Golden Gem Cinema Revival
6. New Storage Pod Limits
7. Fine Arts Festival a Huge Success (Again!)
8. Golden’s New Communications Manager
9. Eighth Annual Second Wind Fund Walk/Run/Ride: September 20
10. Blog Roundup
11. Other Upcoming Events
12. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, September 10

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Jacob’s Golden Update: Improving Public Input in Development Projects and Other News

Jacob’s Golden Update: September 9, 2009

1. City Council Considers Improving Public Input in Development Projects
2. Golden’s Energy Performance Contract: Saving Taxpayers $82,500 Per Year
3. Golden Gallup Returns This Saturday (September 12)
4. New Outdoor Seating Permit at 13th and Washington
5. Golden Gem Cinema Revival
6. New Storage Pod Limits
7. Fine Arts Festival a Huge Success (Again!)
8. Golden’s New Communications Manager
9. Eighth Annual Second Wind Fund Walk/Run/Ride: September 20
10. Blog Roundup
11. Other Upcoming Events
12. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, September 10

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Golden's Sustainability Awards

One of the many cool projects launched by the Sustainability Advisory Board are some annual awards to people and organizations doing great work promoting sustainable practices in Golden.  One of those awards this year – presented last month – was to Jacques Moreau, an eleven-year old at Shelton Elementary who is charge of the school’s recycling efforts.  He is the first-ever recipient of the “Student” award.

Steve Stevens and Chuck Courtad were both recognized with “Individual” awards, Steve for making his home “net-zero,” meaning it produces as much renewable energy as it consumes, and for his energetic promotion of renewable energy and bicycling and Chuck for co-founding the Renewable Energy Demonstratin Center in Golden, for installing Golden’s first private wind turbine, and for being a champion of renewable energy.  If you’ve seen someone riding around town on an old-time bicycle, there’s a good chance you saw Steve, and if you’ve ever noticed the wind turbine on Jackson just north of the Safeway you’ve seen Chuck’s handiwork.

The “Business” award went to three locally-owned establishments, Ace Hi Tavern, Foss Liquors, and Blue Canyon Bar and Grill.  The three have collaborated on a successful glass recycling effort.

Finally, the Sustainability Board presented a Sustainability Award to the Golden Community Garden for doing such a phenomenal job organizing and creating a new volunteer-powered community garden in town.

The Golden Transcript wrote a nice story on the awards.

Golden’s Sustainability Awards

One of the many cool projects launched by the Sustainability Advisory Board are some annual awards to people and organizations doing great work promoting sustainable practices in Golden.  One of those awards this year – presented last month – was to Jacques Moreau, an eleven-year old at Shelton Elementary who is charge of the school’s recycling efforts.  He is the first-ever recipient of the “Student” award.

Steve Stevens and Chuck Courtad were both recognized with “Individual” awards, Steve for making his home “net-zero,” meaning it produces as much renewable energy as it consumes, and for his energetic promotion of renewable energy and bicycling and Chuck for co-founding the Renewable Energy Demonstratin Center in Golden, for installing Golden’s first private wind turbine, and for being a champion of renewable energy.  If you’ve seen someone riding around town on an old-time bicycle, there’s a good chance you saw Steve, and if you’ve ever noticed the wind turbine on Jackson just north of the Safeway you’ve seen Chuck’s handiwork.

The “Business” award went to three locally-owned establishments, Ace Hi Tavern, Foss Liquors, and Blue Canyon Bar and Grill.  The three have collaborated on a successful glass recycling effort.

Finally, the Sustainability Board presented a Sustainability Award to the Golden Community Garden for doing such a phenomenal job organizing and creating a new volunteer-powered community garden in town.

The Golden Transcript wrote a nice story on the awards.

The Lexicon of Climate Change

“Ending ‘Carbon Emissions’ (the Jargon)” is an interesting New York Times column recommending that we no longer use the term “carbon emissions” to talk about greenhouse gas emissions.  They’ve got a link to an amusing Mythbusters clip on a related point.

Jacob's Golden Update: Denver and Golden Featured in Upcoming PBS Documentary on Sprawl

Jacob’s Golden Update: May 18, 2009

1. Denver and Golden Featured in Upcoming PBS Documentary on Sprawl
2. City Council Approves Fee Waivers for Renewable Energy Projects
3. Golden Public Works Takes Top Awards
4. Saoirse Charis-Graves Kicks Off Ward 1 City Council Campaign
5. Street Vendor Request Withdrawn
6. CDOT’s Clear Creek Canyon Closures
7. Other Upcoming Events
8. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, May 21

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