Please see below for Durango-area sustainability updates, events, and ways to take action.
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Please join us for the 1st Durango Green Drinks of 2023 on Thursday, February 23rd from 5-7PM at 11th Street Station. Announcements usually start around 5:30. Host this month are the City of Durango's Sustainability Office and the Durango Farmers Market.

We are looking for more SASCO board members - reach out if you'd like to know more and if you or someone you know is interested!
The Durango Farmer's Market is held every Saturday morning from the second week in May to the last Saturday in October from 8am to noon (and 9am to noon in October) in the parking lot of TBK Bank, located at 259 W. 9th Street, across from the City Transit Center. The market is a venue for local agriculturalists, artisans, ready-to-eat. and service vendors to meet and share the fruits of their labor with the community in Durango. The Market includes community groups who offer important information and ways to get involved in the local community. They also feature young agriculturalists in their Incubator Program, giving them a chance to get their start in local food production. The market requires that all agricultural and artisan vendors grow or produce their goods themselves, and from our local region which includes the five counties of La Plata, Montezuma, Archuleta, San Juan, Colorado; and San Juan, New Mexico. This ensures that all foods are fresh and local and all goods are locally produced. The Market's ready-to-eat vendors must use as many local ingredients as possible and be locally owned. The high value for local production ensures all dollars spent at the market support fellow community members and support our local economy. 
In support of the City of Durango’s commitment to environmental sustainability and resilience, the mission of the Sustainability Office is to provide analysis, coordination, and management of projects, programs, services, plans, and outreach efforts that help preserve our natural environment, conserve resources, maintain Durango’s unique character, and improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Using the Sustainability Plan as a guiding document, the office provides technical support across city departments, tracks and reports on actions and indicators, and serves as the point of contact for the community on sustainability initiatives. “Environmental sustainability and resilience” is identified as one of the seven strategic goals outlined the City’s Strategic Plan, which shows that integrating sustainability across departments is a priority for City leadership. More information at

City of Durango


  • On Tuesday, March 7 at the regular City Council meeting, staff are slated to give an operational update on the latest progress in the public-private partnership with Table to Farm Compost working to expand compost service throughout Durango.
  • The City of Durango is expecting to open the application period for 2023 Green Durango Grants in mid-March with applications due late April. For updates and the latest information, visit:
  • Upcoming April 4 election - Mayor Barbara Noseworthy and Councilor Kim Baxter are not running for re-election. To learn more about the role City Council plays in our local government please visit the CounciBagsl 101 page on the city’s website. For a full timeline leading up to the April 4 election, please click here. To read about who is running, see here
  • SAVE THE DATE – City of Durango Community Sustainability Forum – Wednesday, March 15, 6-7:30pm. Durango Rec Center Eolus Room. This forum is the annual opportunity for community members to hear updates and provide feedback on sustainability indicators, actions, and priorities related to Durango’s Sustainability Plan.
  • The City of Durango has created a webpage to inform businesses and customers about the details of Colorado’s Plastic Pollution Reduction Act which went into effect Jan. 1. Revenue gained through the fee will be used to fund these programs and other waste reduction efforts in Durango.
  • A multitude of public-private housing partnerships were discussed at the regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 7 including a pending grant application by the city for $1.5 million from the state Department of Local Affairs to aide with some creative housing solutions for the proposed Three Springs Village Two development. Read more here and a recording of the meeting is available on Youtube.
  • City residents with a total household income no greater than 50% of the Area Median Family Income for La Plata County can apply for the Food Tax Rebate Program and the Utility Refund Program  starting Monday, Feb. 13. 

    The rebate and refund amounts are determined by family size, as published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for 2022. Read more here

City Council Meetings
  • Durango City Council meets every other Tuesday from 5:30-8:30PM. Upcoming City Council meetings will be on Tuesday, February 21, March 7 and 21 at 5:30 p.m. Study Sessions are the same days starting at 2:15 p.m. Find the agenda and meeting link at Durango City Council regular meetings and study sessions can now be viewed live on the city's YouTube channel.
  • Public Comment can be shared at a meeting with a scheduled Public Participation agenda item. If the meeting does not have Public Participation scheduled, comments can be submitted via email to: Comments must be submitted no later than noon on the Monday preceding the meeting.

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Other City Meetings

La Plata County

Updates and Get Involved

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  • Kevin Hall has joined La Plata County as the Community Development Department's Interim Director. Kevin had a career with the City of Durango and has come out of retirement on a temporary basis. 
  • Update to Chapter 90, Oil and Gas Regulations - La Plata County Staff has been working on a rewrite of the Oil and Gas Regulations (Chapter 90) in the Land Use Code. The public is encouraged to continue engaging in this process as the County aims to have the new code in place this spring.  Please provide comments via the comment portal (here). A webpage has been created to provide the public with updates on the Chapter 90 rewrite (click here). Click here for information on upcoming meetings
    • Individuals and organizations may always make public comment at any time via the following methods:
    • You can also show up for public comment on February 23 at the Planning Commission meeting on February 23rd at 6 pm at the La Plata County Building: 1101 East 2nd Avenue. The agenda is here. Each person will have an opportunity to provide a 3-minute public comment on the draft Chapter 90 regulations.
  • Public Health Survey - Every five years, San Juan Basin Public Health takes a close look at the health and wellness needs of Archuleta and La Plata County residents through a community health assessment.  The information gathered through this assessment will inform a public health improvement plan that aims to address the priorities.  This survey is very important because starting in 2024, La Plata County will have a new Public Health Department since Archuleta and  La Plata Counties have jointly decided to dissolve San Juan Basin Public Health by the end of 2023.  Environmental, physical and emotional health matters to everyone and so lend your voice by filling out this survey which is available in both Spanish and English: complete this survey.  

La Plata County Commission Meetings

  • Read more about the Regional Housing Authority and when their next meetings will be held here.
  • The Durango Chamber of Commerce next Eggs and Issues on Feb 23 @ 8am @ Double Tree is a forum on workforce housing  "The community is invited to attend the forum on Feb. 23 to learn more about one of the biggest issues facing the area:  workforce housing. More details can be found at the chamber of commerce website
COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing
  • Omicron-specific COVID-19 booster shots are in La Plata and Archuleta counties! Upcoming CDPHE mobile vaccine clinics: and additional clinic locations and providers are available at For questions about vaccine types, safety and eligibility: 1-877-268-2926.

La Plata Electric Association


  • Find out about current LPEA happenings and news here and read the Watt's Up monthly Newsletters here

Durango School District 9-R

  • Durango 9R Board of Education meetings are generally held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month starting at 5:30. The 2nd Tuesday of the month is usually a work session while the 4th Tuesday is the official public meeting where actions are taken and there is always an opportunity for public input. If you wish to participate, you much fill out this form 24 hours in advance. 

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