The City of Boulder has partnered with the Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA) to begin developing the Chautauqua Sustainability and Resilience Strategy.
The first step in developing the strategy involves identifying vulnerabilities of the Chautauqua site that are related to climate change, including anticipated impacts to the landscape, buildings and infrastructure due to changes in intensity of weather events such as heat, drought and rain, and taking into account the site’s unique historic character and sense of place. The second stage of the process will involve the development of recommendations for addressing these vulnerabilities and supporting the sustainability and resiliency of Chautauqua into the future. The final strategy will be completed in the spring of 2020.
Community members are encouraged to find out more about the opportunities and vulnerabilities that the project consultant, Resilient Analytics, has identified at Chautauqua at a public open house on Tuesday, Oct. 8, held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Community House at Chautauqua (900 Baseline Road) in the Grand Assembly room. City and CCA staff will be available to provide information on the project, and community members will be able to ask questions and share their thoughts on sustainability and resiliency at Chautauqua.
For community members observing Yom Kippur or otherwise unable to attend the Oct. 8 meeting, the city will be hosting a second, identical open house on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Brenton Building (1136 Alpine St.), in the ground floor conference room.
In addition to the Chautauqua’s Sustainability and Resiliency Strategy, attendees at the open houses will also have the opportunity to learn about other projects related to Chautauqua, including the city’s current playground enhancement planning process. For information about the playground project, please visit BoulderParkNews.org.
In 2008, the Colorado Chautauqua Association committed to making the Colorado Chautauqua the country’s most sustainably operated National Historic Landmark. In response to renewed climate urgency, CCA and the city are accelerating their actions to preserve this important community space for future generations. The city also recently launched the development process for the Climate Mobilization Action Plan (CMAP), which will be the next phase of climate action to equitably and rapidly reduce emissions, accelerate technological innovation and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Learn more about the Chautauqua Sustainability & Resilience Strategy on the city’s website.
Published: Oct. 3, 2019
Samantha Glavin, Public Works Communications, 720-564-2362
James Hewat, Historic Preservation, 303-441-3207