Vote with your dollars. Purchase from companies that have adopted green practices are growing local economies, and pay suppliers fairly. More shopping information below.
Compost your paper waste (tissues, napkins, paper towels, etc), kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and yard waste. More composting information on our composting page.
Plan your errands for efficiency to reduce the amount you have to drive and save yourself time.
Bring your own containers to restaurants to take your left-overs home in.
Zero Waste Containers
Look into solar options for your house.
Why go solar?
Avoid Food Waste
40% of all food in America is wasted! This is an important area where we can all try to be more sustainable. Check out all the info from Eco-Cycle that discusses the problem and solutions you can take today.
Sustainable Shopping Links
Before you shop:
If we want to consider the environmental and climate impact of the things we buy, we need to understand the impact of a product from beginning to end. The Life-Cycle of Our Stuff
EarthHero.com is your one stop shop for all things sustainable! Not only are they a Certified B Corporation, but they also have plastic free packaging and carbon-neutral shipping. And right now, 10% of every purchase will be donated to the International Fund for Animal Welfare to aid in the Australian bushfire wildlife relief.
Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
Etee is a great option for plastic-free shopping.
4Ocean funds are used for the removal of trash from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines while helping stop the inflow of plastic by changing consumption habits.
Better World Shopper is a public research project dedicated to making social and environmental data available to consumers who wish to utilize their dollars as votes in order to help build a better world.
Green America is a great resource promoting green businesses and containing lots of sustainability tips.
Great Article: We Can’t Tackle Climate Change Without You
Climate 101: Weather vs. Climate
Climate Solutions 101: Six Training Modules
“Climate Change in Our Backyard”
Resources to learn more about “Climate Change in our Backyard”
- “The World’s Littlest Book on Climate: 10 Facts in 10 Minutes about CO2” authored by Dr. Pieter Tans, Mike Nelson and Michael Banks.
- YouTube video link from the Fiske Planetarium (run time just under 20 minutes)
- For a copy of the book, for anyone who has any download problems or prefers a paperback, please send your request to: tenintenCO2@gmail.com
More Green Ideas
Broomfield Community Gardens
Find a community garden you can join this spring!
Green Cleaning Recipes
In November the City hosted a great class on green cleaning. Here are the recipes they provided for all different types of household cleaning products. Here is a list of 13 Toxic Chemicals Lurking in Your Home.
Help Me Save Water
Slow the Flow offers inspections on residential water usage and suggests simple measures to increase water use efficiency in the home. Through Resource Central’s partnership with water providers in Colorado, Slow the Flow is available at no cost to qualifying residents.
Participate in our Hard to Recycle Materials Campaign!
Here are additional links for some of the 25 tips.
Tip #5 – Get some or all of your residential energy from renewable sources by signing up for the Windsource Program from Xcel Energy
Tip #14 – Read recycling guidelines to make sure you are not contaminating the normal recyclables. Eco-Cycle Guide 2019-2020
Tip #20 – Have your home audited for energy leaks. Xcel Energy Home Energy Audit
Tip #25 – Grow native plant species or at least drought-resistant ones to save on water. Perfect Plants for Colorado
Water Resources and Info
Residential Water Inspection Information
If you are interested in making changes to become more water efficient but don’t know where to start, request a free Residential Water Inspection. Broomfield, along with 22 Colorado communities, has partnered with Resource Central (RC) to help you learn where you are using water and how to use it more efficiently. Broomfield has contracted for a limited number of inspections that will be performed by RC on a first come, first served basis. Inspections may be scheduled online using the links below, or by contacting RC by phone at 303-999-3824.
Slow the Flow Colorado – Irrigation Inspections
Many irrigation systems can benefit from simple changes, such as repairing or adjusting sprinkler heads, ensuring appropriate operating pressure, and implementing appropriate water schedules. Increasing irrigation system efficiency and learning about best management practices has many benefits for you, the community, and the environment. It can reduce the demand for water during peak service hours and help avoid unnecessary costs to the water system. It can save you money and provide knowledge to cultivate a healthier landscape. The amount of runoff associated with inefficient irrigation and improper watering practices can be significantly reduced. This helps avoid damage to sidewalks and streets and also results in improved stormwater quality.
This inspection is free and open to all customer classes: residential, commercial, and industrial. As part of the free inspection, RC can do an analysis of your last 12-14 months of water use data. The data may show where there is potential for water savings. If you request an inspection, RC will ask you to sign a release to allow the city to provide these records.
Request a Residential Irrigation Inspection or call Resource Central at 303-999-3824.
Sustainability & Solar Energy
In the past decade solar panel installation costs in the U.S. have dropped by around 70% and in the past year alone they’ve dropped 5%. To help American’s considering installing residential solar power our experts at Bankrate created this guide that breaks down everything they need to know when financing the installation of solar panels including:
For more information visit:
- How much installation costs and how much it can save homeowners
- How financing solar panels works
- The tax benefits of solar power installation
Visit the Solar Energy Hub that covers a variety of information ranging from the basics and history of solar power to more advanced information like how to finance solar panels, solar incentives explained, and a guide to solar panels for your home.