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U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge logo


Mayor Hancock has accepted President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, committing the City and County of Denver to reduce energy use 20 percent by 2020 across its building portfolio, which totals more than seven million square feet. Creating and implementing programs designed to improve efficiencies in Denver’s building sector is a focal point for the citys Office of Sustainability and its municipal and community partners. Placing a substantial emphasis on the built environment provides Denver the highest return-on-investment in addressing climate change and in creating an environmentally and economically sustainable world-class city where everyone matters.


Better Buildings Denver includes several programs designed to help Denver’s commercial sector and residents achieve cost reductions and high performance, and to conserve use of natural resources.  So find your fit and sign up today!  Seminars are planned for each program to help you learn more about what the City and County of Denver can offer you and your business to guide your path towards economic and environmental sustainability.


Better Building Denver Programs & Seminar Dates

Watts to Water program logo

Open to all Denver Metro area hotels and office buildings with 5,000 square feet or more, Watts-to-Water is a recognition program that showcases high performance buildings and offers participants free educational sessions, technical support and rebate information to inform office and hotel properties how they can be more sustainable, both environmentally and economically. To learn more, visit
Watts to Water Educational Session February 21, 2012 11:30 am to 12:30 pm 511 16 th Street, Denver, CO – Suite 200, Downtown Denver Partnership

Please join us for an educational session about how Watts to Water can work for your hotel or building.

Denver Energy Challenge project logo The Denver Energy Challenge connects Denver’s business owners and residents to energy education, rebates and assistance to encourage and to recognize energy saving actions. Residents and business owners are eligible to receive free energy advising support, and small businesses may also qualify for free energy efficient lighting products. To learn more, visit

Denver Energy Challenge – Contractor Orientation Session
March 6, 2012
3:00pm to 4:00pm
200 W. 14th Ave, Denver CO 80204 - 2nd floor (Grand Mesa Room)
Please join us if you’ve yet to attend an Orientation or feel free to come again to hear program updates and ask questions. To RSVP visit:

Denver Energy Challenge – Small Business Energy Workshop
March 20, 2012
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Denver Museum of Nature & Science - 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver CO 80205
Learn about the many resources, rebates, and incentives available to small businesses that join the Denver Energy Challenge, and talk with other businesses who are currently participating. To  RSVP visit:

Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships logo Recognizing the challenge rising energy costs have on nonprofit facilities providing services to low-income individuals and families, the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program conducts energy audits and efficiency upgrades to nonprofit facilities and organizations. To learn more, visit the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships

Nonprofit Energy Workshop
March 22, 2012
Time: 9-10am
Daniels Fund - 101 Monroe St, Denver CO 80206
Learn what steps you can take to improve your building’s energy efficiency and save money too!  We will review no-cost and low-cost opportunities to reduce energy costs as well as the many resources, rebates, and incentives available to nonprofits. To RSVP visit:


Certifiably Green Denver logo

Currently available to office, retail, restaurants and auto repair shops, Certifiably Green Denver helps businesses achieve efficiency benchmarks in business management, energy, water conservation, resource management and transportation. To learn more, visit the Denver Department of Environmental Health

Certifiably Green Denver Education Session  
March 8, 2012
Downtown Denver Partnership Boardroom
511 16th Street, Suite 200
Learn best practices and tips for saving energy and water at your business from the pros at The City of Denver and Denver Water. RSVP by March 6th to Sharon Alton at


Contact & Requests

Contact Mayor Hancock or request a meeting, his attendance at an event, a letter or a proclamation.


Take the Challenge!

The City and County of Denver has also partnered with the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado to track the progress of the program. To take the challenge and commit your business to a more sustainable Denver, visit the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Sign-Up Page