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Fire restrictions for unincorporated areas

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office announced implementation of Level 3 fire restrictions in unincorporated Adams County due to extreme conditions. No open burning is allowed until further notice. Those having burn permits issued by the fire chief cannot burn during Level 3.

County hosts blood drive

Adams County, in conjunction with Bonfils Blood Center, will host a blood drive on Thursday, July 11, at the Adams County Government Center, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Platte River Rooms C & D, Brighton, from 10 to 11:40 a.m. and from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

All participants in the blood drive will receive one free ticket to the Budweiser CPRA Rodeo at the Adams County Fair on Thursday, Aug. 1, as well as a free tumbler cup from Bonfils upon the completion of their donation.

County adopts 2013 sustainability plan

County’s sustainability program has reduced operating costs by more than $225,000 annually since 2011.

The Adams County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution formally approving the implementation of the county’s 2013 Sustainability Plan, a year-long strategy aimed at continuing efforts to save tax dollars and build a more sustainable future for residents. The new plan identifies additional steps the county plans to take to help ensure clean air, land and water for Adams County citizens and employees.

In 20ll, Adams County became only the third county government on Colorado’s Front Range to hire a full-time sustainability coordinator; Denver and Boulder counties also have taken that step. Since that time, Adams County’s sustainability program has implemented dozens of initiatives that have improved energy efficiency across county government and reduced the county’s carbon footprint. Perhaps most notably, the county invested $2.5 million in an energy- and water-efficiency upgrade at the county detention center, which included the installation of high-efficiency lighting, vending machine sensors to cycle lights and compressor on/off when needed, and low-flush toilets.

Adams County’s 2013 Sustainability Plan aims to reduce energy costs even further by implementing new energy-conservation initiatives. These initiatives include the creation of an energy-management group comprised of county employees to establish energy-efficiency policies in all Adams County facilities. Additionally, the county will install energy-saving software on county computers. The energy-management group will also create a campaign to educate employees on simple steps they can take to consume less energy while performing their jobs.

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