The City of Arvada and elected leadership are committed to conservation, sustainability and resiliency. Following is a list of the many programs, policies and partnerships adopted by the the City of Arvada.
Arvada Air Quality
- What steps can you take to improve Arvada air quality? Visit Arvada Air Quality for guidance.
- Community Gardens on City owned land guided by the Community Agriculture Guide.
- Community Shared Agriculture opportunities on City owned land guided by the Community Agriculture Guide.
- Community Supported Agriculture
- Community Food Assessment (CFA) A 2017 Study resulted in the CFA which pinpointed geographic areas within Arvada that need better access to fresh food. The CFA resulted in funding for the following:
- Community agriculture-friendly codes allowing for community gardens, bees, chickens and goats.
- The City of Arvada is in the process of receiving SolSmart designation. SolSmart is designed to distinguish local government leadership in solar processes, programs, and procedures.
- All major remodels and new City facilities require LEED Silver certification.
- All office and interior building lights being converted to LEDs
- Traffic signals being converted to LEDs
- Solar panels installed at five locations totaling 765 kW
- A 20-acre solar garden is planned with energy that can be sold to residents and businesses in the form of shares .
- Stormwater (Waterways) Quality: Stormwater is water that flows across the land and into Arvada's streams, lakes, ditches and canals.
- Education: Majestic View Nature Center
- Tree City USA/Arbor Day Tree Planting with students
- Trees Across Arvada--low cost tree purchase program for residents
- Plant a Tree Program
- Parks Department Forestry Division tree assessment now digitized as part of Arvada’s Forestry plan for its 13,000 + trees. The Forestry Plan includes strategies for tree diversification, preventative maintenance, spraying and injecting for pests and disease.
Green House Gas (GHG)
- The City of Arvada recognizes the importance of sustainability for maintaining and enhancing the health of the community for present and future generations and recently completed its second city-wide GHG Inventory. To learn more about the emissions sectors being tracked, including energy, waste, materials consumption and more visit Footprint.arvada.org.
- Download the PDF of the City's 2017 Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
- Leaf Recycling
- Christmas Tree Recycling
- Drug Take Back Program
- Adopt a Street and Adopt a Trail programs
- Educational Recycling Resources
- Partnership with local recycling company SustainAbility
- View the Recycling guide provided by the City of Arvada
- Increased public transportation options through the opening of the G Line Commuter Rail
- Bike and pedestrian connection improvements throughout the community; specifically integrated with our three commuter rail stops on the G Line
- Bicycle recycle program and bicycle repair stations throughout the community to increase community access to non-motorized transportation options
- Emphasis on dual fuel capability in vehicle purchases.
- Installation of electric vehicle charging stations
- Multi-modal transportation availability and connectivity: Introduced in the 2005 Comprehensive Plan and expanded in the 2014 Plan.
- Water conservation introduced as a City goal in 2005 Comprehensive Plan. Goal reaffirmed in 2014 Plan.
- 100% of City parks have computerized irrigation systems to conserve water.
- A partnership with Resource Central
City Managers Office, 720-898-7500