Mayor Hickenlooper Unveils Greenprint Denver Initiative

Mayor Hickenlooper Unveils Greenprint Denver Initiative

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Lindy Eichenbaum Lent

Mayor Hickenlooper Unveils Greenprint Denver Initiative

Greenprint Council to Help Shape Sustainability Agenda

(DENVER) During his third annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, Mayor John Hickenlooper focused on issues of sustainability while unveiling the ambitious agenda of the City’s Greenprint Denver initiative.

“Denver is almost unique in the nation by having Blueprint Denver – a comprehensive planning document that protects and enhances our neighborhoods,” said Hickenlooper during his remarks. “In the same vein, Greenprint Denver will allow us to expand that comprehensive planning approach to our relationship with energy and the environment.”

The Greenprint Denver action plan centers around energy and emissions, green building and industry, urban design and transportation, water and the environment, and waste reduction. Details of the plan are available at The full text of the Mayor’s State of the City Address is available at

“By focusing on areas that offer opportunities for local government innovation and regional cooperation, the plan we are unveiling focuses on what we can do today,” Hickenlooper said during the State of the City Address. “Even if there’s a two percent chance that 95 percent of the world’s top climate scientists are right about the dire consequences of global warming – we run the risk of being the first generation in history to leave the next generation a problem for which there is no solution. We must have a sense of urgency to seize the low-hanging fruit that saves taxpayer money, preserves the environment and creates economic opportunity.”

During his speech, Hickenlooper attributed Greenprint Denver’s vision to the work of many City departments and members of the newly formed Greenprint Council – a leadership group that brings together civic, business and environmental leaders to help shape this sustainability agenda. Leading by example, the Greenprint Council has pledged to operate in a carbon-neutral fashion by conducting low-waste meetings and walking or taking transit to meetings or purchasing annual offsets for their vehicle use in getting to meetings.

The Greenprint Council includes the following individuals:


  • Benita Duran, Director of Governmental Affairs, CH2MHill
  • Daniel Yohannes, Chairman, New Resource Bank

Community Members

  • Rutt Bridges, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bighorn Center
  • Jill Cooper, Sustainability Program Dir.., CO Dept. of Public Health & Environment
  • Susan Daggett, Environmental Attorney
  • Peter Dea, President and CEO, Western Gas Resources
  • Mark Falcone, Founder and Managing Director, Continuum, LLC
  • Catherine Greener, Managing Director, Domani, LLC
  • Senator Gary Hart, Wirth Chair Professor, University of Colorado at Denver
  • Happy Haynes, Community Partnerships Director, Denver Public Schools
  • John Hereford, Hereford Capital Partners
  • Kirk Johnson, Vice President, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Elise Jones, Executive Director, Colorado Environmental Coalition
  • Tom Kaesemeyer, Executive Director, Gates Family Foundation
  • Melissa Knott, Director of Sustainability, Forest City Stapleton
  • Hunter Lovins, Founder and President, Natural Capitalism Solutions
  • Peggy Montano, Partner, Trout, Raley, Montano, Witwer & Freeman
  • Rusty Perry, Co-Founder, Revolution Cleaners
  • John Powers, Exec. Director Pro Tem, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado
  • David Schaller, Sustainable Development Coordinator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Pete West, Managing Director of Local Affairs, Xcel Energy

City Members

  • Beth Conover, Director, Greenprint Denver
  • Kim Bailey, Manager, Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Margaret Browne, Director of Finance
  • Luis Colon, Manager, Department of General Services
  • Jack Finlaw, Director, Theatres and Arenas Division
  • John Huggins, Director, Denver Office of Economic Development
  • Peggy Lehmann, Denver City Councilwoman, District 4
  • Peter Park, Manager, Department of Community Planning & Development
  • Jeanne Robb, Denver City Councilwoman, District 10
  • Nancy Severson, Manager, Department of Environmental Health
  • Bill Vidal, Manager, Department of Public Works
  • Andrew Wallach, Special Assistant to the Mayor
  • Turner West, Manager of Aviation, Denver International Airport

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Posted on Jul 12, 2006 (Archive on Aug 11, 2006)
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