Confluence is a Gold-certified Lafayette Green Business, works closely with Boulder County Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE), and represents the local business interest on the city’s Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Confluence is a presenting sponsor for the first annual Run for the Sun 5K family road race in June of 2018, an event that will serve to educate participants on Lafayette’s coal-to-solar history and promote solar PV installations.
Sustainability efforts are concentrated in four key areas:
Energy Efficiency - The Confluence workspace features three PV solar arrays, solar thermal hot water, and a wind turbine. Office lighting is 100% LED with occupancy sensors in the restrooms. High-efficiency HVAC equipment was recently installed and thermostats are programmed based on occupancy.
Alternative Transportation - Confluence provides bike racks for members and is located adjacent to the RTD Park & Ride station that hosts routes to Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Erie, Longmont, and Louisville. In 2017, Confluence actively promoted bus riding through a Bus to Work Day event and sponsorship of a social media contest challenging people to share their bus-riding experiences. In 2018, Confluence is exploring the installation of an electric vehicle charging station as well as a bike-share program. Members also enjoy access to an on-site shower.
Waste Stream Diversion - Receptacles for single stream recycling and paper composting are readily accessible in the workspace, kitchen, and conference rooms. Prominent signage reminds members what items can be diverted from the landfill. Confluence purchases post-recycled paper products for kitchen and restrooms, and members are encouraged to use the non-disposable plates, bowls, and silverware provided rather than paper and plastic.
Efficient Water Usage - Confluence maintains limited, low-water landscaping, including no grass or turf. High-efficiency aerators have been installed on restroom faucets and we commit to selecting efficient models as toilets are replaced.
Through formal and informal engagement of our community, Confluence commits to maintaining awareness and promoting a positive dialog around environmental sustainability. We welcome input and commit to revisiting our actions and opportunities on an ongoing basis in the standard course of managing Confluence operations.