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City Hosts Second Annual Sustainable Denver Summit to Help Denver Achieve its Ambitious 2020 Sustainability Goals

Leaders from across the city commit to new and expanded initiatives

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver’s Office of Sustainability are today hosting the second annual Sustainable Denver Summit. Building off the success of last year’s first-ever Sustainable Denver Summit, the Summit has evolved from a single event to a year-round process. Not only has it catalyzed commitments to action that will help Denver achieve its ambitious 2020 Sustainability Goals, but it has also fostered new relationships, which are the key to making sustainability a more permanent feature of our community.

The Office of Sustainability worked with stakeholders in advance of the Summit to develop a new set of commitments, which will be announced during the Closing Ceremony. The new 2016 commitments, as well as a status report on the progress of commitments made at the 2015 Summit can be found here.

During the Summit today, the over 500 participants (a 35% increase over last year) will work in one of six tracks (Affordable Housing, Density & Mobility, Energy Solutions, Food & Health, Materials & Waste Management, or Water Systems) to develop ideas for new and expanded initiatives that will help Denver achieve its ambitious 2020 Sustainability Goals. Participants will organize themselves into “action teams”, which will meet over the coming year to turn these longer-term sustainability ideas into action. Action teams will be publically announced later this week.

“We’re a city that understands sustainability, cares about it deeply, and works to make it happen,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “That is what this Summit it all about – coming together as a community to plan for our long-term prosperity.”

The Founder of 8 80 Cities, Gil Penalosa will serve as this morning’s keynote speaker. 8 80 Cities was created centered on a simple but powerful philosophy; if you create a great city for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, you will create a successful city for all people.

Gil urged Summit participants to bring this mentality to their work here in Denver.

Also at the Summit today, the 2016 Love This Place Awards will be presented to this year’s winners:

  • Visionary – WalkDenver
  • Community Builder – Irene Vilar (Americas Latino Eco Festival)
  • Implementer – Theresa Hafner (Denver Public Schools)
  • Next Generation – Kimberly Schlaepfer (YR&G)

Sponsors of the 2016 Sustainable Denver Summit include: Ameresco, Ramboll, The Water Connection Initiative of The Greenway Foundation, DaVita, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).