State recognized for its green policies

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A national report released this week gives Colorado high marks its implementation of environmental standards.

The report from America’s Clean Energy assigned gold, silver and bronze stars to each of the 50 states based on five energy related policy areas: having a renewable energy standard, adopting the clean cars program, establishing energy efficiency programs and appliance efficiency standards, and requiring building energy codes.

Colorado received a gold star for its renewable portfolio standard and a silver star for its efficiency programs.

Representatives from Environment Colorado, which gathered the state’s information for the survey, said the ranking is noteworthy because the state has made substantial environmental strides in a relatively short period of time. Most states that receive gold stars have had environmental standards in place for at least a decade.

While there are only seven gold star states cited in the report, Environment Colorado representatives said that Colorado could soon join them if key pieces of Gov. Bill Ritter’s newly announced Climate Action Plan are implemented, such as the adoption of clean car standards.

However, the state’s auto industry officials have voiced opposition to the clean air standards, saying the such a policy would have adverse affects on the Colorado auto industry’s ability to compete with other states.