The City of Greeley is involved in many programs that work towards improving the environment. Below are just some ways that Greeley City Government is working toward that goal.
Greeley boasts one of the largest water conservation programs in the State of Colorado. Between 1990 and 2007, conservation programs dropped water demand by more than 20 percent in Greeley. The Conservation Plan estimates an additional eight percent reduction in water use over the next 20 years. Greeley has had proactive water conservation measures in place since 1907 primarily for outdoor water use (lawn watering). Learn more about our customer incentive programs and community events.
Drinking Water Quality
Greeley has high quality drinking water. In 2017, at the American Water Works Association’s 13th annual “Best of the Best” Water Taste Test held in Philadelphia, a sample of Greeley’s tap water was not only named the best-tasting in all of North America, it also won the People’s Choice award. It was the first time a city claimed both titles in a single year.
Each year, Greeley publishes a detailed drinking water quality report to let the public know that the City meets and exceeds local, state, and federal water quality standards.
Water Pollution Prevention
Stormwater pollution occurs when rain or snow-melt flows over streets and down gutters picking up trash, oil, dirt, and other pollutants as it travels. These pollutants are then carried to the storm drainage system, which drains directly into our local lakes, streams and rivers, untreated. Greeley has a program to help prevent stormwater pollution.
There are approximately 85 miles of in-town bike lanes, and that's just a small part of our entire Greeley bikeway system. Since 2013, Greeley has been designated nationally as a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community.
The Greeley Bicycle Advisory Group coordinates family bike rides and volunteers can assist at family bike ride events and provide input for new programs. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in this unstructured group’s meetings at 10 a.m. on the second Monday of the month in the lower level of City Hall, 1000 10th Street.
Greeley-Evans Transit (GET)
GET is the local bus service for the Greeley and Evans area. CNG (compressed natural gas) buses are cleaner than diesel buses. They also have a longer useful life and are more ADA accessible. Since the summer of 2016, two CNG buses joined Greeley’s fleet. Four more will be added in the summer of 2017 and the remaining 15 buses will be replaced with CNG in the next 5 years. As an example of the popularity of GET, student ridership (K-12th grade) has increased by over 900% during the last three years due to a new program that offers free rides to students in Greeley and Evans.
Since the City of Greeley does not have a trash utility, individual trash and recycling companies offer curbside recycling services.
The Greeley Organic Waste Center is available for use by Greeley and Weld County residents to recycle green waste such as grass clippings, leaves, and branches.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Site – Weld County Government’s free Household Hazardous Waste site in Greeley accepts everything from paint to batteries to pesticides.
Solar Energy in Greeley
Greeley currently has solar arrays at four City facilities: Bellvue Water Treatment Plant, Boyd Lake Water Treatment Plant, the Greeley Water Pollution Control Facility, and the Family FunPlex. These solar arrays benefit both the environment and Greeley residents by providing clean energy and helping with the City's electricity needs.
Did you know the City of Greeley has over 1,000 acres that are managed as natural areas ? Natural areas are managed to maintain and strengthen native grasses and plants. The focus for this type of site management is on enriching habitats through improved cover of native species and control of noxious weeds, allowing access to designated trails by residents and visitors when and where appropriate.
Greeley loves trees. In fact, we have been a nationally recognized Tree City USA, since 1980. Learn more about Greeley’s Forestry Program.
Greening City Facilities and Processes
- Public Works grinds recycled toilets and uses as part of the road base for paving.
- There is recycling at all City of Greeley facilities. On average, the City collects and recycles about 7,000 pounds of materials (paper, aluminum, plastic, cardboard, etc. per month).
- Lighting in City buildings and outdoor street lights are being retrofitted with LED fixtures and new buildings are being constructed with energy conservation in mind.
- The City of Greeley is moving towards paperless record keeping and encourages all employees to be as paper-free as possible.
- Greeley’s vehicle maintenance shop recycles oils and metals.
- Many plumbing fixtures and appliances at City facilities have already been replaced with water conserving models and all new fixtures meet the latest standards for efficiency.
Energy Action Plan
City Council adopted the Energy Action Plan in 2019 as a part of Greeley’s comprehensive plan — Imagine Greeley. City staff worked through Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy offering to assemble an Energy Action Team of community stakeholders to draft goals and strategies for residences, businesses, institutions, and the City of Greeley. The Energy Action Team created the framework for the Energy Action Plan and identified three priorities for the community:
- Create an affordable and reliable energy future.
- Increase residential, commercial, and industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy opportunities.
- Improve economic health and stimulate growth.
The Energy Action Plan identifies four focus areas: residential, business, educational institution, and municipal. Each focus area has identified goals and specific strategies to help Greeley reach the goals. The City of Greeley adopted the plan, and Xcel Energy committed to support.