Housing Diversity in Boulder, the Environmental Impact.
Housing Diversity is an important topic in Boulder but does it also have an impact on Boulder’s carbon footprint? Well, as City Councilwoman Jan Burton, recently pointed out, “…60,000 workers drive into Boulder every day for work, helping us achieve an ‘F’ in air quality.”
Not only does Iris&B make more middle-income and workforce housing available to those who don’t want to commute into Boulder, but multi-housing developments have a smaller carbon footprint than single-family homes. As Councilwoman Burton points out,
“Twenty-one percent of our greenhouse gas emissions come from residences and 28 percent from transportation. Single-family neighborhoods require cars, roads, and parking. Building smaller dwellings more densely around transportation corridors could help us avoid catastrophic environmental damage. We’re willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on municipalizing our electric supply, but are we unwilling to look differently at our built environment?”
Additionally, as a transit-oriented development, Iris&B residents will have Eco passes and easy access to car share and B-Cycle stations. And the new convenience retail amenities such as a coffee shop, not only serve Iris&B residents but also support the existing surrounding neighborhoods, transforming the area into a walkable “15-minute” neighborhood.
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Below graphic courtesy of City of Boulder: https://bouldercolorado.gov/climate/boulders-community-greenhouse-gas-inventory