Low Cost Trees Available Through the CRC

2008 Boulder Tour of Solar and Green Homes

Mesa Elementary School Powers Up with Solar

Earth Day 5K and Expo a Big Success

April Showers Stop in May (so get those sprinkler systems ready)

Zero/Near Zero Energy Seminars and Home Tours

Sign Up for the 2008 Boulder County Wind Challenge!

Going, Going, Gone!



Low Cost Trees Available Through the CRC

The CRC presents the 2nd annual Trees Across Boulder Sale

In partnership with the City of Boulder, Boulder residents can choose from 8 different tree species for just $50 each.  The trees were chosen by the Urban Forestry Department for their ability to thrive in our climate.  They are 1.25 caliper inch, balled and burlapped and 5-8 ft. tall. Trees will be available for pick-up on Saturday May 3rd.  Available species include:  

  • Ohio Buckeye
  • Ruby Red Horsechestnut
  • Western Catalpa
  • Hackberry
  • Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn
  • 'Cleveland Select' Pear
  • Bur Oak
  • Red Oak

For more information or to purchase a tree click here.  You may also call 303.441.3278 ext. 17.  Free mulch is available from the Forestry Department when you pick up your tree.  



2008 Boulder Tour of Solar and Green Homes

Applications are available!

It is that time of year again – the call for homes for the Boulder Tour of Solar and Green Homes!  The 2008 Tour will be on Sunday, October 5th, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Help make this the best year ever!  We want to highlight to attendees what they can do in their own home that will help lead this community towards sustainability, including renewable energy, energy and water conservation, material reuse and recycling measures.  Email Debbie Fox or call 303-441-3278 x 13 if you would like to get your home on the tour.   The applications are due back to the CRC no later than Friday, May 30th.



Mesa Elementary School Powers Up with Solar

A charitable gift helps fund largest solar electric system in Boulder Valley School District

Thanks to a donation from a Boulder based family foundation, Mesa Elementary now has the largest solar electric system in the Boulder Valley School District. The 9.9 kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system started generating energy on Earth Day.   The donation also includes a solar monitoring system that shows the system’s performance, solar electricity production, and CO2 reduction and a display that informs the school community how solar electricity works.

The system, installed by Simple Solar, will generate over 12,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually and prevent more than eight tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from entering the atmosphere each year.  Mesa Principal Josh Baldner was quick to offer his appreciation for this generous gift saying, “The project provides more than a power source that offsets part of the school’s electricity costs. It empowers students with a positive message–individuals can come together to support a project that helps the environment in addition to supplying financial relief.”

The project is the seed for the CRC’s new ReNew Our Schools Program which will look at energy efficiency, renewable energy (specifically PV), water conservation and other interactive based conservation projects at schools throughout Boulder County.

For more information about ReNew Our Schools, email Debbie Fox, Energy Division Director, or call her at 303.441.3278 x13.




Earth Day 5K and Expo a Big Success

780 runners compete in Colorado's most sustainable running race!

Sunny, blue skies coaxed more than 780 runners to the Earth Day 5K on Sunday, April 20th. Since its inception in 2003, the race has grown every year with this year being by far the biggest, best race yet! It is a testament of our community’s enthusiasm to support resource conservation and people’s increased interest in taking sustainable actions in their everyday lives.

Through the event, we were able to educate participants on the little and big ways they can implement change in their daily lives and in turn leave a positive impact on our environment. One such way was asking everyone to recycle and compost throughout the event, which allowed us to divert more than 94% of all race-related waste from going to the landfill. We can proudly say we kept the event zero waste, while still having a ton of fun and raising money for the CRC so we can continue to guide our community toward a more sustainable future.

We would like to thank everyone again - sponsors, exhibitors, runners, volunteers, and race crew - for making this year’s event a huge success. Next year’s race is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, April 19th. See you there!



April Showers Stop in May (so get those sprinkler systems ready)

Sign-up for a FREE irrigation inspection to make sure your system is up to par this summer

Through Slow the Flow Colorado, eligible residents and HOA’s can receive a free irrigation inspection from the CRC.  The service is designed to increase sprinkler system efficiency and promote proper watering practices. An irrigation inspection includes the following:

• A visual inspection to pin-point any problems or leaks
• Tests to measure the precipitation rate of the sprinkler system
• Tests to determine how evenly the water is covering the intended area
• Soil sample to determine root depth and soil type
• Customized watering schedule
• Recommendations and tips on how to make the sprinkler system more efficient

We have a limited number of appointments available so call 303.441.3278 ext. 17 or visit our website to get your name on our request list.  



Zero/Near Zero Energy Seminars and Home Tours

Register Now, Space is Limited

Join this new and exciting educational seminar/home tour series to see first hand how its getting done in Boulder. On the 4th Wednesday of every month through August you can tour Net Zero/Near Zero energy homes with national experts who will provide critical analysis and comparisons amongst the homes. The builder, architect, and/or installers will also be on hand to describe the home’s details and answer questions. You will have plenty of time to ask questions and share expertise and experience with others. Dinner will be provided!

Our panel of experts include: Craig Christensen, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Paul Norton, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and, Larry Kinney, Synergistic Building Technologies, Inc. For more information and to register click here. Sign up soon, space is limited!



Sign Up For The 2008 Boulder County Wind Challenge!

Join 999 other Boulderites in getting your energy from the wind

The 2008 Wind Challenge seeks 1000 new residential and commercial wind power subscribers throughout Boulder County by July 31, 2008. The Wind Challenge will raise awareness about the purchase of wind power as a renewable energy source and will support the city's greenhouse gas reduction emission (Climate Action Plan) goals. Sign up through Xcel Energy's WindSource program, Longmont Power & Communications, or purchase Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) through one of three green-e certified wind retailers. The enrollment period runs from April 1, 2008 thru July 31, 2008. Area businesses may call 303-441-1847 for a consultation on best options for your company. Click here for FAQs and contact information for each wind power supplier or the city of Boulder initiative coordinator!



Going, Going, Gone!

Garden-in-a-Box is sold out in all participating cities

Thanks to everyone’s enthusiasm about xeriscaping, 350 beautiful new xeric gardens will be planted along the Front Range this May!  If you weren’t able to get your hands on a Garden-in-a-Box this year and want to be put on our waitlist for next year, click here and follow the instructions or call 303.441.3278 ext. 17.  If you did purchase a Garden-in-a-Box, don’t forget to pick it up on the designated date for your city!  Happy Gardening! 


You are receiving this message from the CRC because you have given us your e-mail address. If you do not want to recieve future e-news from the CRC, please use instruction below to remove yourself from our database.

Upcoming CRC Event

Grid-Tied Photovoltaics workshop

Upcoming CRC Partner Events
(visit our events page for more information)

CU Solar Decathlon House Tours