Sustainable Wheat Ridge


1.0_web site collage.001In June 2018, the Sustainable Wheat Ridge (SWR) Committee published recommendations to enhance the environmental sustainability of Wheat Ridge, provide strong financial returns, and bring substantial benefits to public health, community cohesion, and livability.

Each recommendation or “focus area” provides a general assessment of the timeline, cost, and environmental benefits, along with proposed metrics and City resources necessary to enact the recommendations.

Current Projects & Programs

  • Residential Compost Drop off Program:
    • The City has partnered with Denver metro composting program, Scraps, to provide a brand new compost drop off program for Wheat Ridge residents.
    • All members will be able to drop off an unlimited amount of compost in the bin at any time of day. 
    •  Members who participate and are interested can receive up to five gallons of compost from Scraps in the spring.
    • The drop off bin for compost will be located on the northwest corner of the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center parking lot on Kipling. 
    • The first 100 Wheat Ridge members will receive first two months free with the purchase of your starter kit, thanks to Sustainable Wheat Ridge!
    • Program and pick up begin on April 1, 2020.  Sign up here today!  
  • Participate in Wheat Ridge and Partners in Energy Business energy audits through
    • Learn how an onsite energy audit can help save money and reduce operating costs.
    • Call 877.287.2250 to review business qualifications for this service at no cost, which is valued up to $2,700.
    • All businesses and commercial property owners are invited to participate. 
  • Take the next step by joining the Sustainable Wheat Ridge Green Business Program 
    • Get credit for green actions and take steps to save money
    • Sign up through the Colorado Green Business Network
    • Businesses can receive free technical assistance, connect with rebates and resources, and follow a clear path to sustainability 
  • Celebrating a commitment to conserving resources:
    • Businesses can contact city staff to receive a Green BIZ window cling and website digital badge to display its commitment to resource conservation
  • Home Energy Squad Audits
    • Sign up to receive a FREE Home Energy Squad full energy audit worth over $600 in value with code SWRPLUS

Published report

The six areas of focus for Sustainable Wheat Ridge are as follows:

1) Communications and Engagement

Effective communication and engagement is critical to the success of achieving City sustainability objectives. This focus area establishes consistent outreach, advocacy, and stewardship relating to sustainability efforts within the City of Wheat Ridge. Specifically SWR will increase the City’s role in educating and providing support to the community on issues related to environmental sustainability, and engage community members to take ownership and responsibility for their own sustainability practices.

2) Green Building and Energy Efficiency

This focus area works toward increasing the efficiency of how buildings and their sites use energy, water, and materials while reducing impacts on health and the environment. High-level guidance will be provided to City residents based on the principles of sustainable building design to promote vibrant neighborhoods, create a resilient local economy, and enhance community character.

3) Renewable Energy

This plan proposes a target of 100% renewable energy for all uses, including buildings and transportation, by 2050. To meet this goal the committee plans to promote renewable energy policy beyond and promote renewable energy opportunities within the City, as well as procure or incentivize onsite solar power projects.

4) Solid Waste and Recycling

Preventing waste from entering our landfills through composting, recycling, and waste reduction must be the primary objective when looking to improve our current waste disposal practices. This plan outlines recommendations for the City to take action on improving current waste management in Wheat Ridge.

5) Transportation

The transportation focus area seeks to provide mobility for residents of all ages that encourages and facilitates healthy living, reduces dependence on personal automobiles to improve air and water quality and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases flexibility for travelers, and reduces costs.

6) Water

This focus area addresses efforts to both conserve water and improve water quality with a two-pronged approach: one, substantial voluntary efforts put forth by residents and businesses within Wheat Ridge and two, providing new incentives, regulations, or dedicated funding mechanisms necessary to the long-term health of Clear Creek, the city’s lakes, and other water bodies.