City of Boise Public Works Director Steve Burgos spoke at Boise Entrepreneur Week about the city’s sustainable future.
Burgos talked about the 4,300-acre farm the city owns south of town and how it is being used to make Boise regenerative.
“We apply our biosolids for local crop production, and the revenues from the crops go back to the wastewater plant… At that facility, we decided to build the net-zero admin and maintenance building,” Burgos said. ”And part of what was an experiment to see… is this going to work? How do you design one of these things? Will it actually perform as we think it should? And then what learnings can we share with the community? It turns out it was very successful, but the efficiency of the building is incredibly tight. And then the renewables are all over performing. And so we’re actually net positive or taking the energy that we’re producing from that building to offset some of the energy used by the pivots at the farm.”
Burgos said the city is working with Micron for the first recycled water program. He said they would “see how it plays out,” but it would be one of the most advanced systems in the country.