How do you envision a sustainable Broomfield?
This summer, the City and County of Broomfield is embarking on a sustainability planning process focusing on reducing greenhouse gases and achieving zero waste. Your input is critical. Environmental sustainability is key for long-term social, economic and environmental health.
Broomfield’s 2016 Comprehensive Plan laid out the community’s vision for environmental stewardship, and now it’s up to the community to make choices on the concrete next steps to take to get there. There are many different ways Broomfield as a community can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation, and it’s important to choose policies and programs that will be the best fit for all residents.
During the sustainability planning process, resident feedback is needed to shape recommendations with questions such as “should policies focus on reducing single-use plastics in businesses or offering residential compost services?” and “would you support the City Council adopting a policy that required new development to be pre-wired for EV charging (EV Ready)?” There are several easy ways to get involved with the sustainability planning process, and anyone who lives, works or plays in Broomfield is welcome.
You can give feedback at any time via BroomfieldVoice.com/sustainability. Here you will find detailed information about the three areas of focus for Broomfield (transportation, zero waste and energy efficiency) where the community is now and a timeline of next steps. At BroomfieldVoice.com/sustainability, you can also participate in surveys that will be considered when making decisions on tools and policies to implement in Broomfield, leave your comments and ask any questions you may have about sustainability.
If online is not for you, give the sustainability hotline a ring! Call 303-464-5823 to leave a question or comment about sustainability, and a subject matter expert will return your call to help you stay engaged with sustainability planning in Broomfield.
There are also several group workshop opportunities to provide live feedback, learn about the sustainability planning process from both city and county and private-sector sustainability experts, and have productive conversations with your friends and neighbors about what policies Broomfield can implement to “go green.”
Workshops will be held virtually and in-person. On Wednesday at 2 p.m., there will be a virtual workshop held via Zoom. For those who cannot make that time, a second workshop will be held via Zoom on July 22 at 7 p.m. Connection information for both workshops is available at BroomfieldVoice.com/sustainability, or you can call into the virtual workshops by phone. For Wednesday’s workshop, dial 877-853-5247, enter meeting ID 998 9457 1223 and use passcode 626260. For the July 22 workshop, dial 877-853-5247, enter meeting ID 978 1711 2755 and use passcode 595703.
If you prefer to attend in person, two live workshops will be held at 6 Garden Center; the first on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. and the second on Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. Anyone who is interested in helping shape decisions about Broomfield’s sustainable future is invited to attend. No expertise in sustainability or existing knowledge of sustainable practices is required.
The actions Broomfield selects to help the community go green can potentially save you money and save the environment. It’s critical to contribute your feedback, help rank potential solutions and help build policies and programs that will be the best for Broomfield.
For more information about sustainability in Broomfield, visit Broomfield.org/sustainability.