Discover Your Role in Lakewood Sustainable Future
Do you ever find yourself wondering how you can make an impact in your community? Maybe you see opportunities to contribute, but can’t seem to find the right match for your skill set or interests. The Lakewood Sustainability Division is looking for individuals like you!
The Lakewood Sustainability Cooperative or “Scoop” is a network of community members who are passionate about sustainability and ready to contribute to a stronger, healthier Lakewood for our children. We share upcoming events, projects and other sustainability-related opportunities with Scoop participants who have matching interests and expertise.
Visit www.Lakewood.org/Scoop to learn more about the program and sign up. Through the application, you will have the chance to tell us about your background and interests. When a project comes up that matches your interests, we will email you with an opportunity to participate. The Scoop is a great way to contribute to your community, while celebrating your unique skills.
City of Lakewood Sustainable Neighborhoods Program
The City of Lakewood, Colorado Sustainable Neighborhoods Program gives residents the opportunity to become active partners in making Lakewood a vibrant and sustainable community. Neighborhoods participating in this unique certification program use guidance from City staff to organize workshops, projects and events that enhance the livability of their neighborhood and reduce residents' ecological footprint. Participating neighborhoods earn program credits for their efforts and, depending on the number of credits earned in a given year, they may receive City designation as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood” or an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood” from the City.
Program participation can enhance the environmental and social strength of a neighborhood while demonstrating commitment to sustainability in Lakewood. In addition, the participation benefits may include recognition from City Council, neighborhood signage, education and an increased sense of community There are currently five participating neighborhoods in the program; Belmar, Eiber, Lake Lochwood Village, South of 6th and Southern Gables.
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Sustainability Plan Annual Report
It has been one year since the City of Lakewood released its first Sustainability Plan. We have done a lot over the past year to make progress toward our goals, both as a City government and as a community. Here are some of the incredible projects and results from 2015.
- Lakewood signed on to the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition dedicated to reducing emissions, increasing climate change resiliency, and reporting progress
- The City completed its first full year of energy generation from its share in a community solar garden, generating 240,188 kWh, which is the equivalent to taking 36 cars off the road for a year.
- Lakewood's Sustainable Neighborhoods Program engaged nearly 3,000 residents through 22 workshops, 38 special events and other initiatives in 2015.
- The City launched compost collection at three facilities, diverting nearly 30,000 pounds of compost waste from the landfill.
- The City conducted a food assessment to identify opportunities to advance healthy food access and consumption.
- The Sustainability Plan was recognized in the Cities100 global publication as an innovative climate solution.
- Sustainability staff continued membership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Colorado Association for Recycling, the CU Denver Business School Sustainability Advisory Board, and other organizations.
- Lakewood achieved the "Fit" level of achievement from the LiveWell Colorado HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign by adopting healthy eating and active living policies.
We are excited about our achievements, but we still have a lot of work to do. We must work efficiently and collaboratively to reach our targets and move toward a cleaner, brighter future.
2016 is off to a great start with many exciting projects already underway and endless opportunities. Visit Lakewood.org/SustainabilityPlan to read the report and learn more about upcoming projects.
BEing greener – one day at a time!
They say it’s ‘not easy being green’ – but it sure is a lot of fun when you do it with neighbors and everyone pitches in! The Sustainable Neighborhoods Program (SNP) aims to support citizens in ‘greening’ their own neighborhood. The City of Lakewood originated the SNP and it has won national awards, been adopted by other local municipalities (e.g. Denver) - and even had international interest in it. . And did you know that Eiber was the first ‘Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood’ EVER. (Pretty cool, huh?) The program requires that activities (such as workshops and community projects) be carried out annually that make the neighborhood more sustainable. These activities relate to five (5) broad areas: Air, Energy, Water, People, Land.
Projects have included:
Eiber Elementary School Community Garden
Eiber / Morse Park Resilience Circle
Land Stewardship and Native Landscaping
Literacy Outreach Program
Bike Eiber / Bike the West Corridor