A Golden Earth Day

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The environment gets a lot of support in Golden.

There is the sustainability-centric planning policies, the maintenance of the Clear Creek Corridor, and the annual awards recognizing the environmentally responsible.

So Earth Day, April 22 this year, was no exception. Mayor Marjorie Sloan lead an inaugural community bike ride event, while the Golden Elks sponsored a race two days earlier to promote clean water. At the American Mountaineering Center, there was a screening of the movie Chasing Ice that documents the melting of the world’s glaciers.

In short, the city definitely celebrated the day.

Mayor Sloan said Mother Nature was not entirely accommodating however.

“The ride started out as a sunny Colorado Earth Day. But 10 minutes into it the wind sprang up and within a half an hour the snow was flying. We cut the ride short, but it was a great — if brief — preview of many rides to come,” Sloan said.

The Mayor added that the City Council would be prioritizing energy conservation and renewable generation during 2013. She said planned projects include the community solar garden, municipal solar projects, and a citywide energy efficiency program.

The second annual Earth Day Race was held April 20, with a start and finish in Fairmont Park.

All proceeds from the race went to support the Colorado Backflow Prevention Association (CBPA), a group dedicated to providing education and information to protect the state’s drinking water.

The film showing of Chasing Ice at the AMC was sponsored by Golden Earth Days, and the Colorado Renewable Energy Society as part of their 2013 Sustainability Education Series.

The documentary by Boulder filmmaker James Balog has been shown at Sundance and South by Southwest, where it earned several awards.

It follows Balog to the Arctic in the spring of 2005 on a National Geographic assignment to capture images that tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. The time-lapse footage shows dramatic evidence of glacier retreat in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, and Montana.

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