In support of the city of Durango’s commitment to environmental sustainability and resilience, the Sustainability Division provides analysis, coordination, and management of projects, programs, services, plans, and outreach efforts that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, preserve our natural environment, conserve resources, maintain Durango’s unique character, and improve the quality of life for present and future generations. The division provides technical support to city departments, tracks and reports on actions and indicators, and serves as the point of contact for the community on sustainability initiatives.
- Implement and update the City of Durango Sustainability Plan
- Tracking and reporting on sustainability indicators including greenhouse gas emissions inventories, resource consumption, LEED for Cities certification and other relevant environmental sustainability data
- Support, advise, and collaborate across city departments on services, infrastructure, projects, and programs relating to sustainability
- Public outreach, education, engagement, and events promoting sustainability behaviors including energy and water consumption, waste/recycling/composting, clean transportation, and other environmentally friendly actions
- Apply for and manage grant funding in support of city sustainability initiatives
- Evaluate city code and policies for sustainability impact and propose amendments as warranted
- Represent the city in local, regional, and state sustainability initiatives
Key Department Collaboration and Support
- Energy management and tracking at facilities across all departments
- Expanding transportation options with the Transportation Department
- Code and development review with the Community Development Department
- Water conservation and management with the Water, Wastewater, and Engineering divisions within the Public Works Department.
- Waste management, recycling, and composting with the Trash and Recycling division of the Public Works Department.
- Open space preservation, wildfire mitigation, habitat protection and restoration, Animas River and riparian zone management, urban forestry, irrigation water conservation, wildlife conflict reduction, and greenspace access with the Parks & Recreation Department.