Greener Johnstown

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Information related to programs, initiatives, and upcoming events that focus on nature and green sustainability within the Town of Johnstown. 

Johnstown is a Tree City USA

Tree city USA logo is green with a large circle around a bushy tree and the words "Tree City USA"

Johnstown has been a Tree City USA for many years and in 2021, the Town of Johnstown regained its Tree City USA status. Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits of trees in our community, trees also play a role in keeping neighborhood temperatures cooler, keeping the air cleaner, and absorbing traffic noise. You can find more information about Tree City USA at arborday.org

Outdoor Street Lighting Improvements Program

The Town has made LED light improvements (working with Xcel Energy) to Town neighborhoods including; Carlson Farms, Corbet Glenn, The Landings, Redstone Hills area (North 2nd - 7th St area), and in the neighborhood west of Aragon Park. Streetlighting systems within the Xcel territory inside the Town used old and antiquated lighting systems that are inefficient, cause more pollution due to energy demands, provide inadequate yellow light which impacts visibility and is not as safe as current LED white lighting systems. 

In total, 256 LED lights have replaced old light fixtures in the areas listed above in March 2022. This change over will reduce the energy demand and provide better visibility to vehicles and pedestrians. 

This program was estimated to cost around $161,654, but comes in under budget at $118,031.

“This project was undertaken in connection with the settlement of an enforcement action taken by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for alleged violations of the Colorado Water Quality Control Act.”
 

Recreation Center Solar Program

In October 2021, the Town went out to Bid for a Solar Developer to install a Solar Photovoltaic System on the roof of the Johnstown Community YMCA (located at 165 Settler Way, Johnstown CO). The system, which was chosen by Council in December and should be installed by September 2022, is a 200.0kW-DC system. The estimated payback period of this solar system is about 12.5 years and estimated avoided utility costs over the coming 30 years with this system is around $820,000. 

“This project was undertaken in connection with the settlement of an enforcement action taken by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for alleged violations of the Colorado Water Quality Control Act.”
 

Arbor Day Tree Give Away 2022 - as of 4/8 all trees have been claimed

100 trees have been purchased by the Town of Johnstown to be distributed for free on a first-come-first-served basis to residents of the Town. Residents need to pick up their Arbor Day Tree Voucher from Town Hall from April 1 - April 13, and redeem the voucher on April 14 or April 15 during designated tree pick up hours. The first 100 eligible residents to pick up a voucher for a free tree at Town Hall will redeem their voucher, at the time of pick up noted below, at the Police Department, for their tree. Each voucher will note the resident’s information and tree type and MUST be traded-in for the tree at the time of pick up. To pick up a voucher, residents must bring with them a valid state or government ID and Johnstown utility bill with matching address. This program is for Town of Johnstown residents to plant trees in the Town of Johnstown.

Voucher Pick Up at Town Hall: April 1-April 13 Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
Tree Pick Up (with voucher) at Police Department: April 14 2-6pm or April 15 7:30-10am
Please Bring: Valid state or government ID and Johnstown utility bill with matching address

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Arbor Day Celebration Tour 2022

The Arbor Day Celebration Tour is a sustainable annual partnership between the Town of Johnstown (as a Tree City USA) and the local elementary schools to help promote and encourage excitement for the nature and trees in our Town (and the work that our Town is doing to make Johnstown greener). The Arbor Day Celebration ties together Earth Day (April 22), Arbor Day, and a summer of recycling education and water conservation to promote a greener and more sustainable place to live by asking 4th graders in all of our elementary schools to give mother nature a hand. The Mayor of Johnstown, and other Town Council members, will stop at each school to touch base with students on what it means to be a Tree City USA, to care about our environment, to give mother nature a hand, and to challenge them with Earth Stewardship. 

April 21, 2022
Letford Elementary
Pioneer Ridge
Riverview School

You can see students' Nature Promises on display at Town Hall all summer long. During the celebration tour, students were tasked with decorating a cut out of their hand with their promise to take care of their neighborhood and their green space. These hands were then placed onto 6 foot posters of the below pictured tree and look like leaves. 

Tall standing banner image of a cartoon tree trunk and empty branches with the words "Give Mother Nature a Hand" at the top surrounded by the Town of Johnstown logo and the Tree City USA logo