Boulder Gives Low-Income Retirement Community New Window on the World

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Golden West Receives Energy Efficient Windows; Private Donors Also Sought for Energy Saving Project

Residents of Golden West Towers are about to get a whole new view of the world outside their Boulder 11-floor high rise thanks to a bold energy saving project that aims to replace every unit’s windows to ones that are energy efficient.

“Not only have we have grown increasingly aware of how much energy we were wasting, but we also need to make improvements that preserve our buildings so that we can continue serving seniors in Boulder with affordable housing and services,” said John Torres, executive director for Golden West, a Boulder community that includes the income-restricted Towers as well as the independent living Flatirons Terrace and the assisted living Mezzanine.

The ambitious windows project was made possible by a $375,000 grant from the City of Boulder’s Affordable Housing Fund and Community Housing Assistance Program. Golden West has committed to raise $125,000 in matching funds for the project.

“We are raising the funds by having donors buy windows for individual units. A donor can purchase a window for $250 or an entire apartment for $1,000, so we are asking donors to consider these options or any amount to support the project,” said Torres. “The donors have the satisfaction of knowing they are making life better and more comfortable for a low-income person or couple, and that they are helping the environment at the same time.”

Jane Fulton, asset manager with the City of Boulder, applauded Golden West for committing to helping the environment and their residents with the windows project. “This project is a win for all involved,” Fulton said. “The city’s housing office is proud to partner with Golden West on it.”

About Golden West

Located at 1055 Adams Circle, Golden West is a not-for-profit community in the heart of Boulder. Golden West has been meeting the needs of adults 62 and older for more than 45 years. For more information on Golden West, go to or call (303) 444-3967.

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