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For 2018, Boulder County is offering a 70 percent reimbursement for RTD EcoPasses or MyRide cards to businesses in Lafayette who participate in the Lafayette Green Business program.
Businesses have two options to choose from:

An annual program that provides unlimited trips on RTD services for every employee in the business.

A reloadable payment card that can be used on all RTD services.
Due to the pricing structure for EcoPasses, preloaded MyRide cards may be a better option for smaller businesses.
My ride
For businesses with:
• 10 or fewer employees, preloaded MyRide cards are the most economical.
• More than 10 employees, your business can choose to offer MyRide Cards or EcoPasses to your employees.
Whether for EcoPasses or MyRide cards, Lafayette businesses are eligible for two years of funding:
  • 2018 70% reimbursement - maximum of $70/employee
  • 2019 35% reimbursement - maximum of $35/employee

Eligibility Criteria:
• Businesses must be located in Lafayette and on commercial utility meters.
• Businesses outside of Lafayette are encouraged to contact PACE to find out what other existing EcoPass promotions are available in Boulder County.
• Businesses must participate in the Lafayette Green Business program, either previously or newly enrolled in 2018.
• Businesses with existing EcoPass contracts are not eligible.
• Program funds are limited and available first come, first serve.
• The program runs on the calendar year, so sign up now to get maximum value from your EcoPass.
How to participate:
1. Contact PACE at or 303-786-7223 to indicate your interest, learn more, or confirm your eligibility. **This step is required prior to the purchase of your pass.
2. Complete your application for the Lafayette Green Business program.
3. PACE and our partners will help you navigate the pass purchase process.
4. Submit your pass invoice to PACE for reimbursement.
Reminder, businesses are encouraged to sign up for the program now to get maximum value from the program as EcoPass contracts run on a calendar year basis and the pilot program funds are limited.
This pilot program was inspired by winning submission for last year’s “No Fare Lafayette” transit promotion contest, submitted by Lafayette’s own Elise Rooney of Rockton Software.
Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) will continue to provide rebates in 2018 to help your business improve its energy efficiency and generate renewable energy!
Boulder County has allocated $140,000 to fund energy efficiency rebates for businesses throughout Boulder County. The City of Boulder has provided $600,000 from its Climate Action Plan (CAP) tax for additional rebates in Boulder, as well as incentives to offset the costs of energy audits required by the City’s Building Performance Ordinance.
2018 Rebate Highlights

Rebate Limits per Parcel:
• $2,000 annually outside city of Boulder
• $20,000 annually in city of Boulder
• $5,000 lifetime for HVAC equipment
• $15,000 annually for renewable energy (does not count toward parcel caps listed above)
Additional Rebate Limits:
Rebates will be limited such that the simple payback period for any project, with all rebates and incentives deducted from total project costs, is not less than two years.
The total of all rebates and incentives cannot exceed 50% of total project costs.
Rebate Reservations: A signed contract will be required to reserve rebates over $5,000. A contractor bid signed by the business indicating intent to proceed will be required to reserve rebates between $1,000 and $5,000.
The list of eligible measures and rebate amounts have stayed the same for 2018. EnergySmart is still offering rebates of $1 per watt for all electric-generating renewable energy measures up to a maximum rebate amount of $15,000. In addition to rebates for lighting, HVAC and renewable energy projects, PACE also offers rebates for building envelope, compressors, motors, fans, pumps, and office and food service equipment.
Small Disadvantaged Businesses
PACE is taking steps to further integrate social justice into its programs and services. We will be conducting focused outreach to Small Disadvantaged Businesses and earmarking a portion of our rebate funds for those businesses.
Pre-approval is required before installation, and these rebate funds always go quickly, so don’t miss your chance to join the over 1,300 businesses that have received PACE rebates. Contact a PACE advisor to reserve your rebate today at 303.786.7223 or!
Visit for program terms and conditions and to learn how PACE advisors can help your business reach its sustainability goals.
Posted: December 2017
Do you maintain or plow parking lots and parking garages? Did you know that accumulated snow from plowing can be full of pollutants, sediments, oils, trash and debris? These “stormwater pollutants” can flow into storm drains and may eventually reach creeks and waterways. Use these best management practices to prevent pollutants from snow melt from reaching drains or creeks:

• Store excess, plowed snow on a pervious (non-paved or landscaped) area where melt water can infiltrate into the ground.
• Sweep or clean parking lots, parking garages, stormwater inlets, catch basins, culverts, concrete drainage pans, or other drainage structures in the fall and the spring, and after major snowstorms.
• Clean up any fluid spills or leaks using dry clean-up methods (absorbents and sweeping).
• Ensure that drains located within parking garages discharge to the sanitary sewer, not to the storm drain system.
• Use salt and/or deicers sparingly. If truck-applying salts and deicers, use the lowest application rate that will be effective and ensure that the application equipment is calibrated.
• Never plow or blow snow, salt, sand, deicers, or other debris directly into creeks, rivers, or ponds.
Dirt 1     Dirt 2
This dirt and debris will run right into the storm drain! 
Posted: December 2017
Cooling Equipt
Don’t let your cooling equipment fall behind the times
Your refrigerator and air conditioner are like magic: They move heat out of a cold place and into a warm place – the opposite of what would happen without the magic properties of the refrigerant that runs through their tiny pipes. The only problem is that those magic refrigerants also have properties that aren’t so good for human or environmental health. For this reason, the EPA has periodically updated its requirements for refrigerant management, and the latest have a compliance date of Jan 1, 2018:
• Refrigerant disposal recordkeeping
• Refrigerant handling license requirements
• Evacuation level requirements
• New leak rate, reporting and inspection requirements
• HFC refrigerant sale certification requirements
• HFC sale/distribution recordkeeping
If you have refrigeration or are responsible for air conditioning equipment, these requirements may affect you. Here is a handy summary of the new requirements, and the full set of EPA fact sheets. A sheet dedicated to Supermarkets and Property and Facility Managers is available here.
Posted: December 2017
To celebrate the end of a great year (and to make the holidays a bit more sustainable for your business), PACE will be offering FREE compost bags, LED bulbs and string lights, high efficiency faucet aerators, and other “green” goodies to businesses in Boulder County. There is no cost or commitment associated with this give-away, and a PACE Advisor can also assess your space for additional opportunities for efficiency improvements. If you are interested, email with your request. 
Here is what's under the tree this year, while supplies last:
  • LED bulbs
  • Showerheads
  • Aerators
  • Compost bags
  • LED string lights
  • Pre-rinse spray valves
   PACE LED Picture     PACE Compost Bag Picture 
 Posted: December 2017