“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.” - Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

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Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center- U.S. Department of Energy

The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center was developed in 1991 in response to the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988 and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The site features a database with state and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics.


Boulder's Environmental Affairs Department is working hard everyday to achieve the city's aggressive sustainability and environmental quality goals. Topics discussed on this site include: energy and climate, air quality, recycling and composting, lawn, gardens and pesticides, and green building. Also check out the link for PACE (Partners for a Clean Environment), a partnership of local governments and businesses for promoting environmental achievement.

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy

Established in 1995, the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is an ongoing project of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the North Carolina Solar Center. The organization’s mission is to accelerate the use of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities.


The Greenprint Denver Initiative addresses the environmental side of most activities and development in Denver. Denver is one of the largest centers for renewable energy research and they are currently considering three solar power installations. The city has a "Green Fleet" composed mostly of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. They are also building one of the largest light rail systems in the United States that will benefit over half a million riders a day when completed. The city's website explains all of this and other environmental accomplishments including the fact that 73 buildings in Denver are in the process of LEED Certification and 17 buildings have already been certified.


Durango has an extensive city-wide recycling program for plastics and other traditionally recycled materials, as well as Christmas trees and yard waste recycling.

Fort Collins, Colorado

The city has programs aimed at affordable housing development, historic preservation, and protecting the land, water, and air with pollution prevention and wildlife habitat enhancement. In addition, the SmartTrips™ office has developed programs to help citizens travel without driving cars.

Larimer County

This county site contains a variety of data about important social, economic and environmental issues faced by Larimer County. The nine categories (such as community living, health, and the environment) provide measures of community and county-wide progress and compare local data to Colorado and the United States.

Recharge Colorado

Recharge Colorado is a statewide initiative to promote smart commercial, residential, contractual, and community energy savings and initiatives involving renewable energy. The organization provides aid to reducing energy burdens on the community and businesses through exploring several energy systems and logistics. Through this site you can find saving strategies, tips, rebates/incentives, and partner ships that can help all involved to be more energy intelligent.

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