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The Climate Action Advisory Commission develops and provides recommendations to the Town Council on how the Town can meet the goals of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

The Commission consists of 7 Members appointed by the Town Council. Six of those appointees serve 2-year terms. The remaining position is filled by a member of Town Council for a term determined by the Council. New Castle residents and up to 3 non-residents may serve on the Commission. Members must possess a demonstrated interest in the Town’s climate protection goals and in developing reasonable proposals for the Town to meet those goals. Commission Members serve without compensation.

The Commission meets at least 4 times per year, on the third Thursday of the month, starting at 6:00 pm at New Castle Town Hall, located at 450 West Main Street. Other meetings are scheduled as needed. Meeting agendas are posted at Town Hall, the New Castle Post Office, and the public notice board in the Castle Valley Ranch Subdivision ( at Kay Williams Park). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Mail for all New Castle Climate Action Advisory Commission Members can be sent to:
Town of New Castle
PO Box 90
New Castle, Colorado 81647
Phone: (970) 984-2311 Fax: (970) 984-2716

Environmental Initiatives

The Town of New Castle has demonstrated that the local government of a small community with limited financial resources can take actions that have positive effects on the environment. New Castle’s environmental initiatives include the following:

  • Placing photovoltaic panels on the Public Works Facility.
  • Adopting the 2009 International Energy Conservation Codes.
  • Seeking to add a microhydroelectric plant.
  • Recycling wastewater treatment plant effluent to reduce use of treated water.
  • Upgrading pumps in the water treatment system.
  • Replacing inefficient lighting fixtures in Town facilities.
  • Installing water-conserving toilets in Town Hall and the Community Center.
  • Converting wastewater disinfection from a chemical process to an ultraviolet light process.
  • Changing water rate tiers to encourage water conservation.

Town Council is committed to extending the scope of these initiatives and to adopting additional policies that will foster responsible environmental practices.

Expand the information below to learn more about New Castle’s efforts related to climate action, garbage and recycling services, green building practices, stormwater regulations, encouraging the planting of trees appropriate to New Castle’s climate and weed management. gardening

Climate Action Plan Introduction

The Town of New Castle has adopted a Climate Action Plan. Drafted and recommended by the Town’s Climate Action Advisory Commission, the plan has 5 key strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

Lead by example. Municipal government will make its buildings and operations a model of energy efficiency and renewable energy while reducing energy costs.4.1.1

Change the rules that influence energy use. Energy use is greatly affected by the municipal code. The Town will upgrade ordinances and regulations to achieve more efficient energy use. Where appropriate, it will join with others to address issues beyond town boundaries.

Create programs to remove barriers to wiser energy use. The Town will work with Xcel Energy, Holy Cross Energy, the Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA), the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO), and others to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future, offering programs to households and businesses that combine financing, technical assistance, and education.

Increase local renewable energy supplies. The Town will use its ability to access funding to act as a local energy producer and investor.

Cultivate clean energy jobs and businesses. New Castle will pursue implementation of this energy plan in ways that strengthen the community’s reputation for being green to attract green and sustainable energy enterprises.

Your Reliable Climate Resources

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

NASA Global Climate Change

U. S. Government Open Data – Climate

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Climate

 

Green Building

The Town of New Castle has adopted the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, which establishes the minimum regulations governing energy use and conservation for all property, buildings, and structures within the Town.
Idle-Free New Castle

The New Castle Climate Action Advisory Commission is leading a campaign to reduce excessive vehicle idling in New Castle.

  • Particles in air pollution from vehicle idling worsen asthma and other breathing problems, especially in children.
  • Car exhaust contains nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.
  • An hour of automobile idling releases nearly 4 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.

If your vehicle is going to be idling for more than 10 seconds, it is more fuel-efficient to turn off the engine.

According to National Public Radio’s Click and Clack, today’s cars and trucks don’t need to be warmed up. Except in below-zero conditions, you can just start the engine and drive off.

Another way you can help is to become a partner in the effort to educate the community about the importance of reducing vehicle idling. A good way to start is to view the Climate Action Advisory Commission’s presentation about the idle-free program. To learn more about joining the campaign, contact any member of the Climate Action Advisory Commission. Read more “Idle is not the way”.

Stormwater Regulations

The Town of New Castle requires control of stormwater pollution from construction and land development projects.

Development Submittal Requirements
Land development applications must address stormwater control:

Subdivision plat requirements
Planned Unit Development (PUD) plan requirements

Stormwater Quality During Construction
The Town’s grading and erosion control regulations require the control of stormwater pollution during construction.

Trash and Recycling

The Town of New Castle contracts with Mountain Roll-Offs, Inc. (MRI) for trash and recycling collection services as we believe it is the most efficient way to handle service in our community. MRI proudly accepts the following items for recycling:

  • Aluminum cans4.1.1
  • Tin and steel cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastics #1 through #7
  • Newspapers, newspaper inserts, and magazines
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Non-corrugated cardboard (e.g., cereal boxes)

AND According to MRI, New Castle is one of the rare communities in Colorado with curbside recycling of cardboard.

Weed Management and Tree Planting

The health of our environment is a high priority for residents of the Town of New Castle. The health and productivity of natural plant communities and agricultural lands is threatened by the introduction of numerous invasive alien plants. Without an effective integrated weed management plan these aggressive plants will continue to infest and degrade these lands.