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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2017-2018 Sustainability Plan Annual Report
The 2017-2018 Sustainability Plan Annual Report is our way to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and show how much further we still need to go. Join us at Monday's City Council meeting on July 16 at 7 p.m. to learn more about sustainability efforts this past year, or watch online at Lakewood.org/CouncilMeetings. Until then, here are a few highlights:
- Lakewood adopted a new Building Code that includes a 20 percent energy efficiency increase and solar rooftop and electric vehicle readiness requirements.
- City staff implemented a utility management system and initiated an energy performance contract to finance significant energy improvements in City facilities.
- The City took its first step toward 100 percent renewable by subscribing to 293 kW of solar energy through Xcel Energy’s Renewable*Connect community solar program.
- The City and Xcel Energy formed a new partnership focused on moving towards Lakewood’s energy goals.
- Lakewood launched the Recycle! It’s Good for Lakewood campaign to promote the community benefits of recycling and increase recycling rates in Lakewood.
- City staff continued to improve zero waste efforts in City facilities and events, resulting in the diversion of more than 17,000 pounds of waste from area landfills each month.
- The Sustainability Division launched the Residential Trash Round Table as an invitation to residents to share their opinions and ideas on residential trash collection.
- Community engagement continues to grow with three new Sustainable Neighborhoods, the expansion of the LakewoodSustainability Cooperative, and more subscribers to Lakewoodsustainability news outlets.
- City staff and Lakewood neighborhoods demonstrated leadership through environmental stewardship projects, including water conservation in City parks and tree plantings by Lakewoodneighbors.
- Lakewood celebrated its annual Earth Day Celebration with record-breaking number of activities, vendors and snowfall.
- City staff updated the citywide Bike Plan and found creative ways to recycle street construction materials.
Read the report online at Lakewood.org/SustainabilityPlan for the full stories and to see how we are making progress towards our targets in the report appendix. So many innovative and exciting initiatives are underway, but we still have a lot of work to do! Thank you for staying committed to making Lakewood a more sustainable community.
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