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Sustainable Economic Development  


The City of Lakewood has developed numerous initiatives designed to encourage business growth and vitality. Each initiative or program aims to decrease business costs through energy and water conservation, attract new sustainable businesses to the area and plan for the future of the rapidly expanding market related to the clean energy economy.


Balancing positive growth with environmental awareness is vital to improving our business climate and promoting sustainable economic development.

  • Lakewood supports environmentally responsible businesses. City staff use targeted activities to attract new “green” industries and ensure the retention and expansion of existing businesses.

  • Lakewood Economic Development encourages citizens to shop locally. This supports our economy and reduces shipping and transportation-related impacts on the environment.

  • The City provides professional services and funding assistance to property owners for environmental assessments and remediation of contaminated sites.

Lakewood and the Denver Metro Region are Leaders in Sustainability

Sustainability can be an economic driver in terms of job creation, energy savings and innovative technology. As with all industries, it is important to anticipate future trends to remain competitive with other regions. New challenges in the fields of renewable energy and green technology should be viewed as new economic opportunities for the region. Many municipalities, businesses and individuals in the Denver metro area realize this and have made the region a national leader in sustainability efforts and green innovation.

The City of Lakewood is fortunate to be home to, or in close proximity to, many nationally recognized leaders in the areas of sustainable technology and renewable energy research and production. Lakewood is uniquely positioned to partner with organizations such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), housed at the Denver Federal Campus here in Lakewood, and the nationally renowned educational institutions Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado, University of Denver and Colorado State University. These partnerships and collaborations can create economic opportunities for the city and jobs for residents.

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