September 22, 2017

Radio Golden Episode #9: Status of Golden’s Sustainability Initiative, Chaos on Clear Creek, and More

One of the Radio Golden studios, this one in South Golden.

The ninth episode of the Radio Golden podcast is ready for the listening. You can listen to it on the Radio Golden website or grab it (for free!) from iTunes. If you like the convenience of new episodes automatically downloading (which I love), you can even subscribe to Radio Golden on iTunes.

We had a great time on this show, recording outside with a great view of South Table Mountain and enjoying an energetic conversation about the challenges along the Clear Creek Corridor this summer and a great chat with two members of Golden’s Sustainability Advisory Board.

And thanks to Debbie Johnson & Brian Q. of Re-Assurance Real Estate for becoming Radio Golden’s very first sponsor!

Radio Golden #7: Councilor Bill Fisher, Keller property development, East Downtown plan, and more

Listen to (or download) Radio Golden Episode #7.
Curious about how City Council is doing so far this year? Want to know how City Council and staff are getting along? Been wondering about renewable energy, creating jobs in Golden, GURA, or downtown development? Council Fisher covered all of this ground and more today on Radio Golden. We also spent some time exploring the implications of the proposed Keller property development and the status of the East Downtown plan.

Golden’s 2012 Sustainability Awards

Every year the Sustainability Advisory Board presents Sustainability Awards to Golden residents and organizations. The three recipients this year are all extremely worthy.

From Mayor Sloan’s newsletter:

Three 2012 Sustainability awardees were recognized at the [City Council] meeting. Compass Montessori School (through teacher Erik Albright) was singled out for its environmental education program that fosters students interest and efforts in recycling, food production, farm animals, wildland restoration, and energy conservation. Barbara Rogers, a resident of Golden Ridge Condominiums, was given an award to celebrate her active organization of single-stream recycling for more than 370 condominiums. And Don Cameron, local resident and high school chemistry and physics teacher, was lauded for his long-term sustainability efforts. In particular, Don and his wife Carol have converted space on their lot in the East Street District into a neighborhood garden, allowing several neighbors to use nine plots in this space.

City Council’s Retreat: Setting the Agenda for 2012-2013

The first priority on City Council's list for 2012-2013 is supporting Golden's schools and libraries.


The Golden City Council held its biannual retreat earlier in February, focusing on their work plan for the next two years. They identified nine general areas they want to focus on: (1) supporting Golden’s schools and libraries; (2) improving public space; (3) promoting a healthy community; (4) moving the ball forward on key transportation issues; (5) strengthening Golden’s neighborhoods; (6) fostering a strong relationship with Colorado School of Mines; (7) supporting a strong economy; (8) improving on the city’s capital improvement plan; and (9) meeting the city’s sustainability goals. It’s a great list but also a pretty expansive one, and I’m looking forward to learning more about how Council is planning to prioritize among those goals.

Three City Board Openings: Parks, Planning, & Sustainability

Three important city boards have openings, and they both represent great opportunities for Golden residents to play a role in shaping Golden’s future. The Planning Commission generally has responsibility for carefully reviewing land use proposals – rezonings, site plans, and other issues – and making recommendations to City Council about final decisions. The Planning Commission recommendations carry a great deal of weight with City Council, so this board plays an important role in shaping how land use occurs in Golden.  In addition, they are playing a major role in writing the new Comprehensive Plan for Golden, work on three neighborhood plans, and infill development issues.  This opening is for an alternate position that runs through January 2014.  The alternate is a full member of the PlanningCommission except that he or she only votes if someone else is absent.  In practice I think this means that the alternate plays a significant role.  The application deadline is 5 p.m. on February 24.   Learn more information about the application process and about the Planning Commission.

 

The Sustainability Advisory Board serves as the steward of Golden’s ten-year Sustainability Initiative.  Their responsibility is to guide our efforts to accomplish our ambitious ten-year sustainability goals on water use, energy use and renewable energy, solid waste disposal, and other long-term sustainability issues.  The opening is for a term that ends in February 2012 (after which you could apply to be reappointed).  The application deadline is 5 p.m. on February 23.  You can download the application and learn more on the city’s web site, and you can learn more about the board itself on their web page.

 

Finally, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has openings coming up as well.  Their role is to advise the PlanningCommission and City Council on the development and growth of our parks and recreational facilities within the city, and there is a lot going on: wrapping up the Clear Creek Master Plan, working on improvements to existing parks, new neighborhood parks, open space issues, and a master plan for the Tony Grampsas park as well.  The application deadline is March 30 at 5 p.m.   Learn more about the board and download the application.

Golden Sustainability Awards 2010: Woody's, Golden Real Estate, and More

Last week the City of Golden’s Sustainability Advisory Board announced the winners of the 2010 Sustainability Awards, which we presented on Thursday night at the City Council meeting. The awards offer a great way to highlight folks in the community doing great things as well as underscoring just how compatible doing the right thing can be with saving money and business success.

The winners:

  • Lloyd Athern and Povy Atchison – Individual Award for a garage restoration that is both historic and sustainable and numerous other sustainable elements of their East Street neighborhood home.
  • Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza – Business Award for its photovoltaic system, recycling efforts, and other sustainability features.
  • ABC Car Wash – Business Award for their water conservation and water quality efforts.
  • Golden Real Estate – Business Award for their solar photovoltaic installation, energy efficiency improvements, and other efforts.
  • Robbie the first grader – Student Award for selling reusable cloth napkins to raise money to feed hungry Colorado children.
  • Institute for Environmental Solutions – Community Group Award for their Contaminants of Emerging Concern program, educating and reducing the impacts of household contaminants into our waterways.

Golden Sustainability Awards 2010: Woody’s, Golden Real Estate, and More

Last week the City of Golden’s Sustainability Advisory Board announced the winners of the 2010 Sustainability Awards, which we presented on Thursday night at the City Council meeting. The awards offer a great way to highlight folks in the community doing great things as well as underscoring just how compatible doing the right thing can be with saving money and business success.

The winners:

  • Lloyd Athern and Povy Atchison – Individual Award for a garage restoration that is both historic and sustainable and numerous other sustainable elements of their East Street neighborhood home.
  • Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza – Business Award for its photovoltaic system, recycling efforts, and other sustainability features.
  • ABC Car Wash – Business Award for their water conservation and water quality efforts.
  • Golden Real Estate – Business Award for their solar photovoltaic installation, energy efficiency improvements, and other efforts.
  • Robbie the first grader – Student Award for selling reusable cloth napkins to raise money to feed hungry Colorado children.
  • Institute for Environmental Solutions – Community Group Award for their Contaminants of Emerging Concern program, educating and reducing the impacts of household contaminants into our waterways.

Measuring Golden's Carbon Footprint

Next Tuesday evening (April 20) from 6-8 p.m., if you head over to Golden City Hall you’ll find a focus group with Golden residents and University of Colorado PhD students looking to understand the community’s interest in greenhouse gas emissions and possible strategies for reducing Golden’s carbon footprint. Dessert is included. You can RSVP with Theresa Worsham, the city’s Sustainability Coordinator (tworsham@cityofgolden.net or (303) 384-8117).

Measuring Golden’s Carbon Footprint

Next Tuesday evening (April 20) from 6-8 p.m., if you head over to Golden City Hall you’ll find a focus group with Golden residents and University of Colorado PhD students looking to understand the community’s interest in greenhouse gas emissions and possible strategies for reducing Golden’s carbon footprint. Dessert is included. You can RSVP with Theresa Worsham, the city’s Sustainability Coordinator (tworsham@cityofgolden.net or (303) 384-8117).

New Wind Turbine Jobs Coming to Golden

Some great news for Golden on the jobs front: A Danish company called PMC Technology is moving to Golden.  The company builds hydraulic components for the wind turbine and other industries and will locate in the Coors Technology Center just east of North Table Mountain.  They expect to create about 40 jobs within its first five years of operation.  One key reason PMC is landing in Golden is our proximity to Vestas in Brighton, which is PMC’s largest U.S. customer (one of many, many spinoff benefits that Vestas brings to the Denver Metro region).

You’ll find articles in the Denver Business Journal and InsideRealEstateNews.com if you want to read more.

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