Category Archives: Sustainability Planning

Sustainability Implementation Plan in Ward

In 2015 the Town of Ward received a grant from Boulder County for building a greenhouse and developing a sustainability plan. We’ve built the greenhouse, and now have completed a first draft of our sustainability plan.

We started the sustainability planning process by holding community meetings and asking ourselves what we value and want to ensure is sustainable and remains so. We turned that information into a document, with several people each completing different sections.

Now we’d like the broader community to have an opportunity to comment on the plan. Anyone can comment – comments from community members are more likely to be considered.

Use this link to visit the Ward Sustainability Implementation Plan first draft. You can suggest edits or select a word, phrase or paragraph, and click the comment button at the top or the little floating comment icon to write a comment about a section.

Thanks in advance for all the great ideas and thanks to all the people who have contributed their time and energy to this project: Emy, Amie, Howard, Ed, Cynthia, Crystal, Karelle, Zeke, and everyone else who came to meetings and brainstormed and built our community’s capacity.

Sustain Ward

We’ve now had our first two sustainability meetings – both of them rousing successes, with great attendance and an abundance of compelling ideas. We covered numerous topics such as: community gardening, food storage, food pantry, energy, community readiness, eldercare, community radio (both broadcast and amateur radio, aka ham radio), zero waste, septic and wastewater, town trails, jobs and economics and youth programs. We’ll be posting more specifics about the ideas as we compile the information.

Just because you haven’t participated in these first 2 meetings doesn’t exclude you from jumping in now. Our next meeting to prioritize these ideas and start to put together our short and long term plans will be on January 30, from 2-4. The more people participate in this, the better represented the whole community will be, and this is important.

We would encourage you to offer your comments, even if attending meetings is not possible. You can respond here or on the Ward QT. All ideas, expressed with politeness, are welcome.

Town of Ward – Community Sustainability Project

What – Let’s create a sustainability plan that reflects Ward community values and helps us navigate the future.

Key Steps in Sustainability Planning Process

  • Clarify town vision
  • Determine what we want to sustain
  • Build collaboration
  • Document our desired sustainability strategies and methods
  • Develop action steps and priorities
  • Document and communicate successes

Why –Creating a written sustainability plan will provide a road map not just for us, but also other governmental and regulatory agencies that regulate resources that impact the planet and our lives. Furthermore, the community engagement process in and of itself will be an excellent way to share ideas and build collaboration.

Who – Everyone in Town is encouraged to participate in all of the following ways;

Community Workshops

will be held for idea sharing and input collection on key topics and community initiatives. Workshop time will be used to brainstorm key topics and will include learning sessions presented by community members who have knowledge and skills to share.

Jan. 17 (Sunday) – Vision and Brainstorm

Jan. 20 (Wednesday) – Vision and Brainstorm

Feb– Review – Key Topics and Recommendations

March – Review – Draft Sustainability Plan

April – Review – Final Sustainability Plan

May– Greenhouse site prep and construction begins (weather dependant)


for the following key topics have been formed and are open to all.

Sustainable Septic and Wastewater

This subcommittee is working to address issues around permitting, cost and identifying appropriate strategies for our mountain community that are appropriate for rural dwellings. Of the 107 structures in town only 46 have approved septic permits.

Contacts : Pat Cypher ( or Adrienne De Forrest (

Ward Food Pantry

This subcommittee is working to address hunger issues in our community through food distribution. A new lock system has been installed at the Food Box next to Ward town hall to prevent vandalism and waste.

Contact : Amie Weinberg ( (303) 459-0144

Ward Zero Waste

This subcommittee is working to recycling and landfill diversion opportunities.

Contact : Emy Maloutas ( (303) 459-1013

Interviews with Indian Peaks Fire Dept members, elected town representatives, water board, library board and interested individuals are being scheduled.

If you are interested in PARTICIPATING, being interviewed, hosting a workshop breakout group in Jan on a topic related to sustainability or have general questions please contact: Emy Maloutas at or (303) 459-1013.

Surveys will be available in the post office entry. Surveys can be dropped off at the town hall drop box

Ward Sustainable Septic and Wastewater Subcommittee

Ward Sustainable Septic and Wastewater Subcommittee

Meeting notes 9/18/2015 9am Town Hall

9 in attendance

Ward residents are having issues as they move through the Boulder County permitting for septic and grey water systems. Clarification is needed as to what defines a permit. Both State and County laws need to be complied with and whichever is stricter. In one case, the State was going to require a 75 gal per person per day system, when the home did not have running water.

There was a review of grey water, waste water and black water definitions. The State and County both have regulations and review during the permitting process. Let’s not get put in a box when it comes to waste water solutions for the Town of Ward. We can identify solutions that will work in our community where lot sizes can affect your options and cost (initial project and ongoing maintenance). Through the Town of Ward’s Sustainability Planning Project this subcommittee will coordinate to support the identification and articulation of performance based alternatives i.e., composting systems and other cost effective solutions.

Let’s work together as a community to ensure that the Boulder County’s Septic Smart Program includes sustainable and cost conscious solutions that fit for Ward. Individually the permitting process is expensive and we could be picked off one by one. Solutions should be community generated and performance based, not prescriptive. Water Dept needs its authority and support for sustainable solutions.

Let’s get our terminology straight which will help use communicate effectively. Waterless toilet technology = composting toilet.

2023 is the Septic Smart deadline.


Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Regulations is available online (


Next meeting Oct 9, 9am Town Hall