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    Preserving Our Environment

    Boulder's reputation as an environmental leader didn't happen overnight or by accident. Since 1951, Boulder has instituted groundbreaking sustainable practices ensuring the preservation of its land and lifestyle. Federal research labs, an innovative university, self-imposed taxation to purchase open space, curbside recycling, citywide mandated residential green codes and a carbon tax are all firmly rooted into the community. Shopping malls have parking spots dedicated for hybrids, the soccer team is carbon-neutral, restaurants use locally-raised produce, and kindergarteners plant trees on Earth Day.

    Here are more ways that Boulder is ensuring the preservation of its land and lifestyle...

    • Smart Growth — There are 45,000 acres of open space in and around the city of Boulder. This land is preserved because Boulder residents approved a sales tax earmarked specifically to buy, manage and maintain open space. The residents made history in 1967 by being the first US city to tax itself for open space. Additionally, 65% of the land in Boulder County is protected from development. Boulder was also one of the first communities in the country to have curbside recycling.
    • Healthy Living — Boulder is full of trails, shops and food that support active lifestyles. There are 350 miles of dedicated bike lanes, routes, shoulders and paths in town. The largest concentration of natural-and organic-products companies in the country is found in Boulder. The Boulder County Farmers’ Market is the largest in the state and there are 70 organizations in town that embrace the idea of local, seasonal and artisanal cooking. There are over 70 Olympians living in Boulder County who are drawn to the area because of the supportive athletic culture.
    • Climate Advancements — Hundreds of scientists collaborated with former Vice President Al Gore and were awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on climate change. Nearly 40 of these scientists live and work in Boulder.
    • Research Facilities — There are more than a dozen federal research labs and 3600 scientists in Boulder that focus on science, innovative technology and climate change. 
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    Erin Byrne

    Communications Coordinator
    303-442-2911, Ext. 105