Composting at the Arvada Center, Lake Arbor Golf Club and West Woods Golf Club- Food waste from these facilities is taken to an industrial compost facility where it is made into high quality organic fertilizer. Since September of 2010 26,000 pounds of food has been diverted from the landfill.This project did not provide any increased cost as the reduced trash pick-ups are now compost pick-ups with a total cost savings of about $40 a month.
GHG Inventory- The City of Arvada worked with graduate students from the University of Colorado at Denver to develop a Green House Gas Inventory in order to establish baseline data.
Citizen Survey-According to the 2007 Survey Sustainability is important to citizens. The most support was shown for the City using renewable energy sources to power City facilities (95% stated they would at least “somewhat” support) and for the City to create incentives for homeowners to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy in their own homes (94%). One in five respondents said they would “somewhat” or “strongly” oppose the City requiring all new homes be built using environmentally friendly ("green") building methods (22%). The 2009 Citizen Survey provided similar results. Link to the full survey is to the right.
Sun Edison Photo Voltaic Project- 650 kW of ground mounted photovoltaic cells installed at the Ralston Water Treatment Plant at W. 64th Avenue and Highway 93.
Fleet- The City's fleet has 509 vehicles that are fueled in one form or another. Out of the 509, 2 are CNG, 24 are E85, 164 are bio-diesel, and 13 are hybrid, so 40% of the fleet runs on alternative fuels. Along with this all of our heavy duty diesel fleet has been updated emissions that with the use of bio-diesel has reduced emissions by 45%.
Xeriscape and Solar LED Parking Lot Light at the Nature Center-Planting complete of 22,000 square foot garden, fall 2009, drip irrigation in certain zones, over 200 species of native and regionally appropriate plants have been used which are naturally xeric plants, replacement of all Kentucky Bluegrass in turf areas with Xeric plants, Turf-type tall fescue and Blue Grama (Colorado’s native state grass), and 100% of building’s energy from a 4.6 kW solar system in the field just to the south.
Computerized Irrigation- 100% of the Park land that is irrigated uses this technology saving thousands of gallons of water each year.
Performance Contracting- The City of Arvada had a $2,000,000 performance contract with Siemens where $173,000 of energy is saved in City Buildings on an annual basis.