Who’s greener, Ft. Collins or Boulder? Have your say.

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on Sep 1, 2009
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Vote below (voting ends in 10 days) and/or leave a Comment re your Favorite Green Innovation in Ft. Collins or Boulder at bottom. Bike Parking? Xeriscape on parks? What’s your city doing right?

Let’s share and push each other to green up our respective cities.

For years—forever, really—Boulder has been the environmentally-innovative, science-rich, progressive, hippie, green, outdoorsy, bike-friendly center of the US of A. We’re almost a cliche—just last month Boulder appeared as a dope smoking skiing treehugging trustafarian in a mainstream talk show skit.

And thanks to organization like Naturally Boulder, we’ve asserted ourselves as the Mecca of natural products—the incubator that’s given rise to everyone from Celestial Seasonings and Silk Soy, to Justin’s Nut Butter and Pangea, from Izze and Mix1 to Third St. Chai and Infinitea Kombucha.

But these days, we’ve got competitors on the Green Front. Cities like Portland far exceed Boulder in innovation, these days. And, right next door in the former strip-malled, cowboy-truck filled Ft. Collins, we’re getting bested in a few national “top places to live” and, perhaps thanks to the influence of Ft. Collins’ New Belgium Brewery, Ft. Collins has far more bike-loving hipsters and families, these days, it seems, than Boulder.


In the comments section below, name your favorite innovative + green thing that Ft. Collins or Boulder is doing. Let’s share the wealth, and push each other to new eco-responsible heights!


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One Response to “Who’s greener, Ft. Collins or Boulder? Have your say.”

  1. Andrew A. says:

    Boulder IS home to one of the greenest university campuses in the nation, which makes up a good chunk of the city's ecological impact. Have yet to see CSU receive mention in that vein.

    The city of Boulder does indeed seem to lag a bit, though. I believe it was just in the past year that they finally upped the limit on the portion of roof space that could be covered by solar panels from 25% to 100%. Very little in the way of green building stipulations — looking primarily at all the new construction downtown, esp. along Canyon, and in NoBo. (Kudos to Solar Row – http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/09/solar_row… – and hopefully the norm trends more in its direction.) Slim pickings for organic and vegan/vegetarian fare. The new Salt Bistro (unsolicited plug) is one of too few eateries to make a point of sourcing ingredients locally. Even with open space and growth restrictions the development has seemingly been a bit too sprawling, though the city is still decently compact enough to enable cycling as a viable option. Ft. Collins sprawls quite a bit more, though they also have a nice system of bike lanes/paths, and lacks much in the way of public transportation options compared with RTD coverage in Boulder.

    Portland does rock, and Ft. Collins gaining on Boulder in the green dept. can only be a good thing. It is less a competition and more about spreading green thinking and innovation from progressive meccas out across the land.