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Our Commitment to a Sustainable Future

In 2007, Golden City Council recognized the threat of climate change and resolved to place Golden in the forefront of global communities willing to do their part to help make a difference. The City’s first sustainability goals and programs were produced by Golden citizens who devoted countless hours to research and recommended programs for achieving the goals. Golden’s ambitious sustainability goals aim to protect local resources to assure a high quality of life for current and future generations.

Golden Sustainability Goals


  • Renewables: To achieve 100% renewable energy for electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable for heating by 2050. To align Greenhouse Gas Emission reductions with the Paris Accord by 2050.
  • Efficiency: To reduce consumption of electricity by 15% by 2030 and reduce consumption of natural gas by 15% by 2030.
  • Transportation: To achieve 20% fossil fuel-free transportation sector by 2030 and 100% fossil fuel-free transportation sector by 2050.


  • Divert: To reduce total landfill contribution by 40% by 2030.
  • Recycle:  To recycle 80% of recyclables by 2030.
  • Compost:  To compost 80% of compostables by 2030.
  • Reduce:  To reduce total trash by 20% by 2030.
  • Zero Waste:  Strive for zero waste in municipal operations by 2030.


  • Responsible Use: To reduce per capita total water use in Golden by at least 15% by 2030.
  • Drought Planning: To develop a resiliency plan by 2020 to prepare for a time where Golden’s and Colorado’s climate may be substantially warmer and drier than it is today.
  • Resource Recovery: To develop and implement a plan by 2020 where Golden’s surplus water is used effectively not only to manage the cost of water and sewer services, but to enhance the environment in Golden and elsewhere in our watershed. Additionally, to recover resources from the City’s wastewater by 2030.

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