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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Boulder B-Cycle – Gazillion Reasons Why the Nederland EcoPass is So Cool – Part 5

Location: 3601 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80303, USA
B-cycle station at 29th Street
I took the opportunity to try out Boulder B-cycle as part of the "Gazillion Reasons Why the Nederland EcoPass is So Cool" program series.

The Ned RTD EcoPass is Free for any resident in the Greater Nederland Area within Boulder County. [see details here] The "Gazillion Reason" series is my experiment to intentionally increase my personal use of the Nederland EcoPass in order to explore practical tips and tricks. 

As far as the B-cycle goes, at first I thought, "What's the point in using the B-cycle when it basically goes to other places that RTD goes anyway?"

You'll have to read the story all the way through, because I found that the answer has something to do with my progress through earlier phases of the "Gazillion Reasons" experiment. Let's explore the first 4 phases:

Phase I – DIA: From a money-saving standpoint, the easiest use of the Ned EcoPass, is to take the N Bus down to Walnut Station in Boulder, then take the AB Bus to DIA Airport and save the gas, parking fees, etc.

Considering that I was already planning to arrive at the airport two hours before my flight, the process of packing my luggage, and trip planning in general, almost ensured an easy transition to RTD planning. Saving money felt good. Then, I thought, "That was great for me and the planet. What else can I use the Ned EcoPass for?"

Sunday, October 26, 2014

LOL! Did You See the Mayor on Social Media?

Location: 1144 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203, USA
Mayor Gierlach discusses blogging with Lisa White
at the Colorado Municipal League (CML)
Nederland Mayor Joe Gierlach gave a presentation for the Mayor's Summit at the Colorado Municipal League (CML) called, "LOL! Did You See the Mayor on Social Media?" That slide presentation is displayed below.

About a year and a half earlier, (April, 2013) Mayor Gierlach stopped by the CML offices, and met with Membership Services Manager, Lisa White, for a Q&A about his blog. A summary was included in CML's quarterly "Colorado Mayors' Connection" e-newsletter.

So, as part of Cities and Towns Week, here is the Q&A, and the presentation:

[CML] Does your town use social media?
[JOE] We have a website and Facebook & Twitter accounts. As a town, we didn't use them much, but at a CML meeting, I remembered that both Fort Collins Mayor, Karen Weitkunat and Colorado Springs Council President Pro Tem, Jan Martin, had mentioned how important Twitter was at getting information out to the public during the forest fires in their areas.

[CML] So, you increased social media use in your town?
[JOE] It happened organically. One of our citizens started a Facebook page called Nedheads. At first, it became popular for residents to post road conditions in the Boulder Canyon. Then, because it was a closed Facebook page, people felt free to discuss town politics on a variety of topics. At times there were heated debates, and eventually they created a set of self-governing guidelines for conduct on the page.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

American Planning Association Honors Ned Plan

Location: Crested Butte, CO 81224, USA
The APA Award for Sustainability and
Environmental Planning in Crested Butte
I had the pleasure of attending the 2014 Conference for the American Planning Association, Colorado Chapter, in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Few other trade organizations have an eight page strategic plan, updated bi-annually by the president of the association, with detailed Goals, Implementation Strategy, Assigned Responsibility, Timetable, and Budget. What else would you expect from professional planners?

Of course one of my favorite Benjamin Franklin quotes, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail," is a great reminder of the importance of planning, which has been the focus in Nederland for the past several years.

I was scheduled to participate on a panel discussing sustainability. The panel included two other talented City Planners and champions of sustainability; Chris Meschuk, from Boulder, and Jonathan Wachtel, from Lakewood. I felt honored to review our town planning process, with an audience of professional planners, earning educational credit hours to maintain their professional license. (See the presentation at the bottom of this post)