January 23, 2020

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.

2011 Golden Sustainability Awards

Our Sustainability Advisory Board presented the 2011 Golden Sustainability Awards last week, and they selected a terrific group of local folks to recognize. The recipients:

  • Pat and Brian Martinek received the individual award for their impressive low-impact lifestyle (passive solar home, solar panels, avid recycling, bus & bike commuting).
  • Golden Visitors Center received the community group award for their visitor education efforts, the building’s considerable sustainability-oriented features (drought-tolerant landscaping, LED lighting, and more), and the sustainability commitments of their staff and volunteers.
  • The Golden Hotel received one of three business awards for their substantial investment in solar panels, a motion sensor system to help reduce energy costs (reducing electricity use in empty rooms), water fixture and lighting retrofits, Energy Star appliances, and a recycling program.
  • Another business award went to Andersen & Hallas Architects for their impressive renovation of an old motel into a cutting edge low-impact building in downtown Golden. Some of the cool features are a geothermal heating system, porous asphalt, daylighting throughout the building, and LEED Gold designation (the only building in Golden!).
  • The third business award went to MIE Properties for their sizable solar photovoltaic installation on their commercial properties in south Golden, more than 850 kilowatts worth.

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.