Boulder, CO

Boulder, CO

Boulder has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2015, when the city committed to implementing impact volunteering initiatives. Under the mayor and city manager's leadership and the project team’s hard work, Boulder is leveraging volunteers to make a real impact in improving resilience. Boulder is committed to acting with environmental integrity and being a good steward of the land. From resource conservation and renewable energy programs to maintaining healthy public lands, the City of Boulder makes environmental protection a top priority.

Boulder is one of the ten cities to take part in the Resilience AmeriCorps program. The city will receive human capital, financial, and technical support to develop environmental and social resilience in low-income communities.

To learn more about the great work taking place in Boulder, visit their website and follow @bouldercolorado.

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Sustainability

Resilience AmeriCorps

Boulder faces two key resilience challenges: wildfires and flash flooding, both of which are expected to increase in frequency and severity with climate change. These threats are compounded by the (1) the extensive distance that people from neighboring communities who want to provide aid must travel; and (2) the closure of one of Boulder’s two hospitals, leaving only one emergency room located in the area.

The City of Boulder will aim to tackle these problems through their participation in the Resilience AmeriCorps program. One approach they may take is to build a corps of community-based first responders. These volunteers would provide essential life safety support to their neighbors during the critical first moments of a disaster and serve as points of contact for rapidly assessing impacts and mobilizing the resources as support to professional responders.

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