Monday, February 15, 2010

Boulder Struggles to Progress in Saving the Planet

This weekend's Wall Street Journal highlighted the city of Boulder as an example of how even the most environmentally friendly of communities struggle to save energy, reduce pollution, and protect the environment (read "Even Boulder Finds It Isn't Easy Going Green"). The article contends that "as Congress considers how to encourage Americans to conserve more energy, Boulder stands as a cautionary tale about the limits of good intentions," because its subsidized energy audits have not spurred residents and businesses to change enough of their energy-use practices, and its carbon tax has been unsuccessful in reducing carbon emissions to below-1990 levels (in compliance with the Kyoto Protocol).

Where can you find local government resources about Boulder's environmental efforts? Take a look at its home page on Sustainability, which includes links to Boulder County's sustainability mission statement, goals, and objectives, the ClimateSmart Loan Program, and the Community Guide to Boulder's Climate Action Plan (October 2009, includes a progress report).

Need help finding related resources? Takes a look at our guides to Boulder government resources (city and county) and the environment.

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