Aurora's Sustainability Story

Aurora has had a commitment to sustainable practices for more than 20 years.  Beginning with the Prairie Waters Project starting in 2004 and a city-wide water conservation initiative following the 2003 drought, Aurora became not only an innovator in the state and country, but also on the international stage as pioneers for innovation in sustainable water reuse and treatment.  Before “sustainability” became a buzzword in the mid-2000s, Aurora transitioned from office paper recycling to single stream materials collection at most city facilities.  Many Aurora homes have Carter-era solar thermal heating systems that are still heating hot water today and reducing natural gas consumption.  Aurora’s location on the eastern plains makes it ideal for roof- and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic collectors and small wind systems.  City-wide on- and off-street bicycle facilities make it easy to ride to destinations and recreate in beautiful, natural settings.  Commuter and light rail trains and a robust bus transit network offer additional choices for residents and employees to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use. 

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