Project Awards

The StEPP Foundation operates throughout the United States and is dedicated to helping organizations realize their vision of a clean and safe environment by matching projects with funders. Though the majority of the Foundation’s awards are made in Colorado, we solicit project ideas nationally and work with funding sources across the country. To input a project idea for consideration, please visit the Submit Project section of our website.

2019 Project Awards

Energy Outreach Colorado, Carbondale, CO

$100,000 to reduce energy usage, utility costs and emissions for low-income residents of multi- family housing units. The energy efficiency measures completed in the 62 units will produce the the following annual environmental savings: 1,594,458 lbs. CO2; 464 lbs. N2O; 0.7 lbs Mercury; and 45,561 Therms/40,568 KWH. The estimated Return On Investment is approximately 4 years

Delta County Hotchkiss Fire District, CO

$25,000 to Add 4 more KW and 6 solar hot air panels with PV power to the Substation on Redlands Mesa, now heated by propane. A panel will also be added to an office. A 6 KW increase to the system, including 2 kW from USDA grant, may turn the station into a provider, prompting policy changes that may allow large scale PV systems in the area.

Town of Paonia, Delta County, CO

$23,824 to install 3+kWh grid tied solar PV system on the town hall roof. Paonia has a hundred-year coal mining history and is setting an example for the future of their community with a commitment to cleaner energy and reduction of their fossil emissions foot print.

Partnership for Sustainability, Greeley and Ft. Morgan, CO

$30,184 award to reduce CO2 emissions and encourage widespread use of renewable solar energy by providing no- interest loans to qualified residents of Weld and Morgan counties. Each kilowatt of solar electricity results in an annual reduction of 1.3 tons of CO2; a reduction of .84 pounds of Toxic Particulate Emissions and conservation of 1776 gallons of water (from what is used for cooling by non-hydroelectric power plants).

2018 Project Awards

Fremont County, Canon City, CO

$5,740 to the Fremont County Public Building Water and Electricity Conservation Project. The new waterless urinals are estimated to save an average of 320,000 gallons per year, or about one acre-foot. In addition, cleaning chemicals are reduced, lessening discharge into the Arkansas River. New occupancy-sensing light switches will provide a savings of an estimated 8898 kW-hrs or 23,858 lbs of CO2 per year. In addition to the installation of the water and energy-saving devices, educational placards will be placed near all devices raising public awareness.

Prowers County, Lamar, CO

$31,898 to Prowers County Renewable Energy Project to build a small working wind and solar demonstration project to educate the public on residential and small business alternative technologies for increased use of renewable energy. Every kWh of wind or solar energy produced will offset the same amount of coal fired CO2 production.

Colorado Tree Coalition, New Castle, CO

$9,000 to the New Castle Fire Rehabilitation Project to re-vegetate approximately 10 to 15 acres of land that was burned in the New Castle Fire in 2007. The 4,000 planted trees will store an estimated six metric tons of carbon per year, once they are grown to maturity. Other environmental benefits from the tree planting include soil stabilization and wildlife habitat improvement.

City of Brush, Brush, CO

$15,000 to the Energy Efficiency Project for the Brush City Hall Complex to reduce energy use by 25% to 30% and C02 emissions by replacing T-12 tube lamps and magnetic ballasts with high efficiency, high light quality T-8 tube lamps and electronic ballasts.

National Recycling, Ft. Morgan and Windsor, CO

$30,000 to create a Community Drop-off Center in Windsor. The public center provides a free service to those who cannot afford or lack availability of curbside recycling, diverting recyclable items from landfills and creating more sustainable communities.

Heaton Middle School, Pueblo, CO

$107,480 to create an environmentally sustainable campus that integrates green technologies into both operations and curricula. Program components include an off-site wind-generator and an on-site photovoltaic array with paired Weather Bug stations; reduction of solid and hazardous waste; campus-wide recycling and composting programs; and xeriscape demonstration gardens. The solar power system will offset approximately 146,145 lbs of CO2, 1,245 lbs of NOX and 125 lbs of SO2. An additional 228,909 lbs of CO2, 1,950 lbs of NOX and 196 lbs of SO2 will be offset via power generated by the wind turbine and approximately 9 tons of solid waste will be diverted from the local landfill annually. In addition, 252,000 gallons of runoff will be pre-treated prior to entering storm drains.

Mountain Park Environmental Center, Beulah, CO

$111,304 for a biomass wood boiler to heat the Center’s newly renovated Horseshoe Lodge education and retreat facility. The efficient system burns wood completely and efficiently, leaving virtually no particles to create smoke, creosote or ash. 10,000 gallons of propane per year will be replaced by 100% renewable wood biomass energy production – a reduction of 64 tons of CO2 annually. In addition to reduced pollution, the project offers an opportunity for conservation education.

Pueblo Zoological Society, Pueblo, CO

$25,000 to install an on-grid solar system on the Zoo’s Animal Care Center to provide electricity to supplement use by the Zoo and be returned to grid during non-peak hours. Annual emissions reduction include: 25 lbs of SO2, 70.4 lbs of NOX, 33,250 lbs of CO2, and 2.88 lbs Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) annually. Because of its location in a popular public venue, this project will serve as a visible demonstration of the Zoo’s commitment to natural resource conservation and as inspiration for others to replicate similar solar projects. This project also offers an opportunity for conservation education.

Pueblo Zoological Society, Pueblo, CO

$18,987 to install an on-grid solar system on the Lion exhibit holding building. The Zoo will produce approximately 12,000kW of AC energy annually, replacing roughly 2.5% of the Zoo’s electricity use with a renewable energy source. By lowering the consumption of electricity, this project will consequently reduce annual emissions and more than 100,000 visitors have the opportunity to learn from the Zoo’s conservation efforts.

Pueblo Zoological Society, Pueblo, CO

$7,200 to retrofit existing fluorescent light fixtures in eight buildings with electronic ballasts and reconfigured wiring. Reducing the consumption of electricity has an immediate effect on air quality by reducing emissions. The retrofit is estimated to save 47 lbs of SO2, 128 lbs of NOX, 3.48 lbs of particulate matter (smaller than 10 microns), 60,260 lbs of CO2 and 5.22 lbs of VOC per year.

Energy Outreach Colorado, Carbondale, CO

$51,000 to reduce energy usage and utility costs for low-income residents, as well as reduce the fossil fuel consumption and its associated pollution by close to 80,000 lbs of CO2, 4 lbs of NOX, 10lbs of SOX, .000008 lbs of mercury, and 6.5 lbs of hydrocarbon emissions annually.

Garfield County, Glenwood Springs, CO

$25,000 to the Analog to Digital TV Recycle Program. This year-long project will dramatically increase collection and safe disposal of analog televisions sets in Garfield County and stimulate on-going collection programs for these wastes in the future. Besides the removal of approximately175 tons of dangerous and potentially environmentally damaging materials from the communities, the project will produce a step-by-step guide demonstrating how to organize and conduct a successful electronic waste collection.

2017 Project Awards

Green Heart Institute (formerly ConservED, Inc.), Lyons, CO

$126,000 to achieve sustainable, measurable reductions in energy consumption and CO2 emissions via Lyons residents’ behavior change. The scope of analysis includes home energy, transportation, garbage, recycling, and air travel. 300 families will learn to lower their GHG emissions by at least 25%. For more information visit

The Brendle Group, Lyons, CO

$126,000 to the FREE+ Energy and Water Efficiency Program which provides technical and financial assistance to 18 qualified Lyons small businesses toward implementing energy and water efficiency in their operations.

Center for ReSource Conservation, Lyons, CO

$126,000 to the Go Green! Initiative, a comprehensive conservation and environmental education project to include photovoltaic system installation, irrigation assessment, expanded recycling program and sustainability-focused curriculum. This initiative will create a greener, healthier environment for students, provide long-term cost savings for the Lyon’s school district, generate environmental benefits for the community of Lyons, and increase students’ environmental literacy. For more information visit

Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC), Denver, CO

$15,000 to the continued Ozone Reduction Program. The program aims to raise public awareness about issues relating to ozone pollution and to increase the number of people who take action and change habits. The project includes a successful Mow Down Pollution lawn mower and gas can exchange. For more information visit

2016 Project Awards

Yampah Mountain High School, Glenwood Springs, CO

$67,000 to utilize the existing Yampah Mountain High School building as a community demonstration project for renewable energy production and energy conservation, while integrating these elements into the school’s curriculum. Project includes comprehensive energy audit and installation of a 5kW line-tied photovoltaic electric system.

Western Colorado Botanical Society, Grand Junction, CO

$69,000 to expand the xeric gardens to include a Japanese Garden. The project promotes water conservation by providing an educational and recreational opportunity for the public to enjoy xeriscaping as opposed to traditional landscaping. For more information visit

The Brendle Group, Northeast Denver, CO

$70,000 to continue the successful 2002-2005 energy efficiency project in 15 additional Northeast Denver small businesses. The program offers strong quantitative results for cost savings, energy savings, and environmental benefits and has been expanded to include water conservation. For more information visit

University of Denver, Denver, CO

$180,000 to the DU Alternative Fuel Fleet Renewal Project. The initiative includes conversion of 15 DU fleet vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems. The vehicles promote Denver air quality and the advancement of natural gas as a viable fuel source.

Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO

$118,000 to develop curriculum and materials for the first Rocky Mountain Compost School. The workshop is designed to provide scientific and technical information to regional commercial composters who compost animal manures and other agricultural and organic residuals. The project will support the existing composting industry, providing training to assist the industry’s growth in both size and technical expertise – producing more and better quality compost. For more information visit

Hospital Shared Services, Denver, CO

$48,000 to convert 4 security fleet vehicles to operate on compressed natural gas (CNG). The effort is an attempt to reduce pollution in the Denver Metropolitan region and increase the efficiency of security operations while decreasing fuel costs and use of imported petroleum.

Liquormart, Boulder, CO

$24,000 to convert 2 Boulder area delivery vehicles to operate on compressed natural gas (CNG). The purpose of the project is to improve the air quality in the Boulder area.

Denver International Airport (DIA), Denver, CO

$204,000 to convert newly purchased DIA fleet vehicles to operate on compressed natural gas (CNG). The primary goal of the project is to improve air quality in the Denver metropolitan region, while serving to more fully utilize the existing alternative fuel infrastructure.

Eco-Products, Boulder, CO

$24,000 to convert 2 delivery Boulder/Denver area vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG). This project improves air quality in the Denver/Boulder area while reducing fuel costs and reliance on foreign petroleum. In addition, it further promotes Eco-Products’ company philosophy of environmental responsibility. For more information visit

LaVeta High School, LaVeta, CO

$5,000 to introduce better environmental and safety management through disposal of hazardous chemicals from the school’s on-site chemistry storage.

2015 Project Awards

Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC), Denver, CO

$110,000 to the Ozone Reduction Program. The program aims to raise public awareness about issues relating to ozone pollution and to increase the number of people who take action and change habits through public education, effective advertising strategy, and enhanced materials relating to ozone education and outreach. For more information visit

2014 Project Awards

Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment

$27,000 to evaluate existing individual sewage disposal system (ISDS) programs statewide, and develop recommendations for improvements through a collaborative stakeholder process.

Battlement Mesa Service Association, Parachute, CO

$64,500 to continue repairing fire damaged areas through weed management and the reintroduction of native plants.

Brush School District, Brush, CO

$20,000 to re-seed a ten acre bluegrass playfield with a low-water, turf-quality buffalo grass that will save both water and the electricity used to run the irrigation pumps.

City of Fort Morgan, Fort Morgan, CO

$27,000 to purchase a compressed natural gas maintenance truck for the Fort Morgan Parks Department, that will replace a 1960’s conventional gas truck, reduce air pollution and costs for gas and maintenance.

Summit Blue Consulting, LLC, Adams County, CO

$10,250 to perform energy audits on two Adams County School District 50 schools to develop a prioritized list of energy efficiency measures that will save money, decrease air emissions, and increase student comfort.

2013 Project Awards

Battlement Mesa Service Association, Parachute, CO

$75,000 to actively repair fire damaged areas through weed management and the reintroduction of native plants.

Western Colorado Botanical Society, Grand Junction, CO

$94,302 to build new xeric gardens, including a native garden, Japanese garden, English cottage garden and a Mediterranean garden to promote water conservation by providing an educational yet recreational opportunity for the public to witness several different xeriscape gardens. For more information visit

Sunsense, Inc., Rio Blanco County and Mesa County, CO

$115,000 to showcase resource efficient technologies (renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative fuels) and to assist in the operation of the Rio Blanco and Mesa County Fairgrounds through the use of these technologies.

Ranch Learning Center, Mesa County, CO

$210,000 to create a Sustainability Lab on this 450-acre working ranch, incorporating green building techniques, wind power and other alternative energy sources, constructed wetlands, no-till agriculture techniques, etc. as an educational demonstration site.

Aspen Skiing Company, Aspen, CO

$10,080 to create a model hydroelectric project tied to the Snowmass Ski Areas snowmaking system, thus demonstrating the viability of incorporating this renewable energy technology into the existing infrastructure at ski resorts.

2012 Project Awards

Colorado Energy Assistance Foundation, Denver, CO

$180,000 to incorporate energy efficiency technologies, such as passive cooling systems and the conversion of electric heating systems to natural gas, in an affordable housing development in the Northeast Metro area.

Boulder Energy Conservation Center, Denver, CO

$90,000 to support the installation of solar domestic hot water systems and upgraded weatherization in Northeast Metro area low – income households. Boulder Energy Conservation Center, Denver, CO
$90,000 to support the installation of solar domestic hot water systems and upgraded weatherization in Northeast Metro area low – income households.

$102,000 to convert a portion of the Pueblo City/County Fleet from gasoline to hybrid vehicles.

Weld County School District 6, Greeley, CO

$127,500 to allow for energy efficiency upgrades in four elementary schools in the Weld County School District.

Posada, Pueblo, CO

$253,000 to support the incorporation of alternative energy technologies, such as photovoltaics, in the Via Don Carlos housing development and community center for migrant workers.

Pueblo County Public Works – Fleet Division, Pueblo, CO

$102,000 to convert a portion of the Pueblo City/County Fleet from gasoline to hybrid vehicles.

Colorado Governor’s Office of Energy Management and Conservation, Pueblo, CO

$65,000 to allow for the installation of cost-effective energy efficiency technologies, such as geo-exchange systems, in Pueblo School District 60.