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Sustainable Neighborhoods Program Welcomes La Alma Lincoln Park

Denver Environmental Health’s Sustainable Neighborhood Program is excited to announce the addition of the La Alma Lincoln Park neighborhood to the program. This addition increases participating neighborhoods to 11, joining Barnum, Chaffee Park-Regis, North City Park, Villa Park, West Colfax, Green Valley Ranch, East Montclair/East Colfax, Baker, Congress Park, and Highland. 

La Alma Lincoln Park will focus on sustainability initiatives that engage residents, businesses, and local organizations, including:

  • Increasing community participation in the beautification and stewardship of private and public spaces
  • Promoting responsible consumerism by reducing consumption and increasing responsible reuse and recycling practices
  • Establishing a workshop series and a calendar of recurring events, such as Park and Alley Cleanup Days and a Sustainability Fair, so neighbors can come to expect and look forward to attending and participating on a regular basis

The Sustainable Neighborhoods program helps residents strengthen their sustainability efforts by providing support and recognition from the City. Participating neighborhoods receive in-kind support in the form of outreach materials, printing, venue fees, food, and staff time to assist with outreach and project development.

Applications are solicited twice a year from registered neighborhood organizations; up to two are chosen each round. Applying neighborhoods are evaluated based on their ability to implement a variety of projects tied to the program’s five focus areas: Air, Land, Energy, Water and People.

“The applications get more competitive every solicitation.” said Program Coordinator Taylor Moellers. “We were excited to see La Alma Lincoln Park’s thoughtful approach to engaging residents and creating opportunities for neighbors to participate by attending events, planning activities, or becoming part of the leadership to ensure the ongoing success of the program in their neighborhood.”

Participating Sustainable Neighborhoods earn credits for achieving sustainability goals by completing projects such as offering xeriscaping workshops, holding work days at a local community garden, installing artwork in neighborhood alleys, or encouraging neighbors to commit to making their homes more energy efficient.  Depending on the number of credits earned in a given year, neighborhoods can be designated as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood” or an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood.”

To learn more about the program, visit SustainableNeighborhoodNetwork.org/Denver.