HB24-1449 Environmental Sustainability and Circularity (C3E) PASSED

We are pleased to announce that House Bill 24-1449 Environmental Sustainability and Circularity has officially passed!  The bill enhances the state’s work to advance sustainability across Colorado. The Colorado Circular Communities (C3) Enterprise will build out Colorado’s circular infrastructure, support cross-jurisdictional public-private partnerships, and provide grants, funding, and technical assistance to local governments, businesses, schools, and higher education institutions. The bill also makes permanent the sustainability coaching, technical assistance, and recognition services that the department’s Colorado Green Business Program provides.  

We would like to thank those of you that testified in support of the bill including:
  • Liz Chapman with Recycle Colorado
  • Laurie Johnson with Circular Colorado
  • Zan Jones with Eco-Cycle
  • Brandy Moe with Republic Services
  • Barrett Jensen with Waste Connections
We also would like to thank all our stakeholders for engaging with us in the process - it was an honor to carry this bill on your behalf.

What comes next? The bill is awaiting signature. The department anticipates the bill will go into effect on July 1, 2024. Over the next few weeks, the CDPHE team will be working on transitioning existing grants and contracts to the C3 Enterprise, working with current vendors to assess changes needed to support statewide service, and recruiting for the 13-member C3 board of directors to be appointed by the CDPHE Executive Director. Board members will represent for-profit, nonprofit, local government, and other organizations. We have attached an informational flyer with more information about the board. 
If you are interested in learning more or would like to apply for the board, please contact Deborah Nelson at [email protected] 
Thank you again for all your support! We look forward to continuing the collaboration as we roll out the statewide C3 Enterprise!
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