Nov 21, 2018
DENVER – Last week, Mayor Hancock was honored with the Public Official of the Year award from the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) during their 2018 Clean Energy Business Buyer’s Summit.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for the work that Denver is doing to push our city forward in addressing the real issues of climate change and working toward an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy future,” Mayor Hancock said. “As the White House backed down from its leadership on this issue, Denver made a commitment to our residents to keep moving forward. We’re making the investments today, using innovative ideas and collaborations with partners and new technologies so that we leave the world better than we found it. The longevity and immediate health of our society depends on addressing these issues today.”
The Clean Energy Business Buyer’s Summit, which was held in Denver, brought together municipal, commercial and non-profit energy buyers throughout the U.S. that are turning clean energy to cut electricity costs and hedge against increasing rates. Several leaders in the civic and business community were present, including Jerry Tinianow, the city’s Chief Sustainability Officer, to talk about the work Colorado and Denver are doing to support clean energy. Tinianow accepted the award on the Mayor’s behalf during the summit.
In 2015, Mayor Hancock set the city’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Denver 80 percent by 2050. In July, the city released its 80x50 Climate Action Plan to reach that goal, becoming one just a few American cities with such an action plan. As part of the 80x50 Climate Action Plan, Denver will lead by example by moving our city facilities to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025, with a community-wide target of 2030. Meanwhile, Denver is on track to meet its 2020 climate goal to reduce carbon emissions to 1990 levels in part through the efforts of Xcel Energy, the nation’s leading Wind Energy producer, and community advocates to increase renewable energy on the grid and decrease energy consumption through efficiency. In addition, high-impact policies and programs have been rolled out in recent years to drive emissions down in the buildings and transportation sectors.
“Mayor Hancock’s commitment to solar power is nothing new,” said Jerry Tinianow, Denver’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “Six years ago, COSEIA named Denver America’s first Solar Friendly Community because of the Mayor’s success in reducing bureaucratic and financial barriers to rooftop solar. His commitment to solar has been strong, long-term and consistent. COSEIA has recognized that once again with this latest award.”
The Business Buyer’s Summit precedes the upcoming Sustainable Denver Summit hosted by the Denver Office of Sustainability. The Sustainable Denver Summit brings together hundreds of leaders from across Denver's business, nonprofit and civic communities to develop and announce commitments for new and expanded initiatives that will help Denver achieve its 2020 Sustainability Goals. Regular registration ends on Friday, Nov. 23. Click here for more information on the Sustainable Denver Summit.