Fostering energy sustainability. The City of Boulder, Colorado has recently launched a Boulder Energy Challenge, claimed to be the first-of-its-kind program to promote innovation and collaborative public-private partnerships, and to encourage community-driven solutions. The program is designed to foster energy efficiency and reduce the community’s carbon footprint. Up to $300,000 in grants will be awarded in the first year of the program, with up to 10 energy efficiency projects and renewable energy systems. The funds are derived from Boulder’s Climate Action Plan tax — the first such tax to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Read the Boulder Daily Camera full article.