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Green Living

Boulder is focused on preserving open space and a clean, beautiful environment while improving sustainability and reducing waste. Below are a few of the programs and services which support Boulder’s environmental goals.

Top 10 Green Cities for Families (#6)
Smart Asset, May 2016

Boulder’s Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP)

Special lands that serves as a buffer between Boulder and nearby development. The open space sustains agriculture and adds untold benefits to the natural environment including clean air, water, and soil. The lands sustain wildlife and endangered species, provide wonderful recreation and opportunities for walkers, hikers, bicyclist, horseback riders, and dog walkers.

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Bike Friendly

The League of American Bicyclists ranks Colorado as the second most bike-friendly state in the U.S. Boulder is one of the two communities in Colorado with the Platinum Award for bike friendliness. Boulder celebrates its biking and pedestrian culture with Walk & Bike Month and Bike to Work Day.

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No. 1 Most Bikeable City in the U.S.
-People For Bikes, 2019

Boulder Farmer’s Market

Held every Wednesday and Saturday from April to November, dozens of vendors gather in Downtown Boulder featuring their locally grown products. Located on 13th Street between Arapahoe and Canyon.

Best Farmers Market in the U.S.
-USA TODAY 10 Best, August 2015

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  1. City of Boulder

    Central hub for the city’s environmental initiatives addressing climate change, energy consumption, ecosystem preservation, zero waste, and water conservation.

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  2. Eco-Pass

    Annual bus pass that makes it easy for residents to use public transportation.

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  3. Disposable Bag Fee

    All grocery stores in Boulder have a 10 cent fee for disposable plastic and paper checkout bags. Enforcement began on July 1, 2013.

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  4. Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) Program

    Provides free advisor services, financial incentives, and a certification to help businesses measure and gain recognition for their energy, waste, water, and transportation achievements.

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Boulder’s zero waste future

Boulder is working to become a zero waste community, where we reuse, recycle and compost most of what we throw away. Our goal is to generate new materials from 85 percent of our waste by 2025 rather than send that waste to the landfill.

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