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Do Your Part

Love This Place.

“We all love this place. But love is more than just a feeling, it’s an action.” ~Mayor Michael B. Hancock


Want some tips on how you can do your part?

Learn some simple ways you can love this place:

Love This Place
AT HOME


More and more Denver residents are recognizing that our homes represent a huge opportunity to love this place by taking small steps. The following tips will help you live more sustainably and most will also save you money.

  • SWITCH TO COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHTBULBS (CFLS)
    Switching from traditional lightbulbs to Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) is the fastest, most cost-effective way to reduce your energy use. CFLs will last 10 times as long and save you up to 25% on your monthly electricity bill. Learn more
  • TAKE THE DENVER ENERGY CHALLENGE
    Find out how you can make your home more comfortable while saving on your energy bills through the Denver Energy Challenge. This program offers free energy advising, financial support, and more. Learn more. 
  • SIGN UP FOR FREE RECYCLING
    Did you know that over half of your household waste can be recycled and kept out of the landfill? Denver Recycles provides free residential recycling services to single family homes and multi-family homes with seven or fewer units. Learn more. 
  • COMPOST YOUR FOOD AND YARD SCRAPS
    Organic material like food, soiled paper and yard debris is the single largest item we throw away in our landfill, and it is 100% compostable. Composting, which is the controlled decomposition of organic materials by microorganisms, can help reduce what we send to the landfill, reduce our carbon footprint, and create a crumbly, nutrient-rich soil amendment. Denver Urban Gardens offers free Learn to Compost classes for those who want to compost at home, and Denver now offers a curbside compost collection service to much of the city. Learn more. 
  • UPGRADE YOUR LAWN
    When it comes to water, be sure to use only what you need, both in and outside your home. Replacing your front lawn with native plants, for example, is a great way to improve your home’s curb appeal, save money on your water bills, and provide vital habitat for birds and other species. Learn more.
  • INVEST IN CLEAN ENERGY
    Did you know that Xcel customers can purchase clean, affordable, renewable energy through their Windsource program? Or you can take advantage of Colorado’s 300 days of sunshine a year by using it to power your home. Rooftop solar has never been easier or cheaper! And community solar gardens are a great option for those who either can’t or don’t want to put solar panels on their homes. 
  • DRINK TAP WATER
    Denver’s water, primarily from snowmelt runoff that originates high in the Rocky Mountains, is pure, clean, refreshing, and calorie-free. It’s better for the environment and your wallet than plastic water bottles. Learn more about Denver Water here. 
  • BUY ENERGY STAR
    ENERGY STAR® appliances use 10-50% less energy and water than traditional appliances. Check out energystar.gov to find refrigerators, dishwashers, and other appliances that meet ENERGY STAR® standards and can help you save money on your energy and water bills. Visitenergystar.gov. 
  • PLANT A TREE
    Planting a tree is an easy and cost-effective way to improve Denver’s air quality, increase property value, encourage neighborhood revitalization, and cool streets, sidewalks, and homes.Learn more and apply for free and low-cost trees at Denver Digs Trees. 
  • FULLY LOAD DISHWASHER
    Save water and energy by running a full dishwasher and choosing the air-dry setting. You can also open the door after the final rinse and allow the dishes to air dry. 
  • WASH CLOTHES ONLY IN COLD WATER
    Cold water cleans clothes while saving about 90% of energy used in a traditional washer and keeping clothes brighter. For additional savings, only wash full loads of laundry. 
  • USE POWER STRIPS
    75% of the electricity used to power a home’s electronics is consumed while electronics are plugged in but turned off. Power strips stop the electricity drain and save up to $200 on your annual electricity bill. 
  • GROW YOUR OWN FOOD
    There’s no food more fresh and nutritious than the food that comes right from your garden. Have more than you can eat? Now you can even sell produce to your neighbors! Learn more.  
  • CHOOSE GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS
    Many cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that can damage the environment, irritate eyes and skin, and cause chronic health problems. Green cleaning products clean just as effectively without these risks. 
  • USE NON-TOXIC PAINT
    Paint with low or no volatile organic compounds (VOC) paints for a healthier home, family and environment. Typical paint contains up to 300 known toxins, including metals, solvents, and fungicides. And be sure to recycle any unused paint through Colorado’s new PaintCare program.Learn more. 
  • STOP JUNK MAIL
    The 80 billion pieces of junk mail Americans receive annually create over 4 million tons of paper waste. Learn how to stop the flow to your home.

Love This Place
AT WORK


Non-residential buildings account for over 35% of all the damaging greenhouse gas emissions in Denver and possess great potential to love this place by shrink our eco-footprints. Whether you’re an office worker, small business owner, skilled tradesperson, or CEO, you can lower your impact and simultaneously raise your company’s bottom line. Below are steps you can take at the office to save energy, reduce waste, and make a positive contribution toward a more sustainable Denver.

  • GET CERTIFIED
    Certifiably Green Denver provides free, confidential, non-regulatory environmental assistance to Denver’s business community. The program helps your business find opportunities to improve efficiency and profitability while minimizing environmental liability through pollution prevention. Sustainability advisers are provided at no cost and begin by visiting your business to complete a comprehensive assessment identifying ways to conserve. Learn more.
  • USE NATURAL LIGHT
    Take advantage of natural light when possible. This allows you to keep lights turned off and avoid unnecessary energy use. Turn off lights when you leave a room, install motion detector sensors, and replace old lightbulbs with energy efficient CFLs or LED bulbs. 
  • SHUT DOWN YOUR COMPUTER
    Shut down your computer and monitor at the end of the day, when you are out to lunch, or away from your desk to reduce your annual computer-related energy consumption by up to 80%. For short periods of time, reduce energy use by activating the sleep mode. 
  • TURN OFF ELECTRONICS
    Turn off printers, copiers, and other office electronics at the end of the work day. Even when not in use, electronics drain immense amounts of energy. Plug them into power strips and have the last person to leave at night turn off the strips. This simple step saves energy and money. 
  • LITERALLY, GREEN THE OFFICE
    Bring in plants. They absorb indoor air pollution, increase the flow of oxygen, and brighten the workspace. Read about recommendations. 
  • THINK BEFORE YOU PRINT
    Paper accounts for 72% of the waste stream. When possible, go paperless – save, transfer, and reference files electronically. 
  • PRINT WISELY
    If you must use paper, make sure to copy and print on both sides. Stock your office with recycled and chlorine-free paper. Re-purpose used sheets into scrap paper or shred it to serve as packing material. 
  • RE-EVALUATE BUSINESS TRAVEL
    Take the train, bus, or subway instead of renting a car for business travel. Encourage your office to invest in videoconferencing and other technological solutions than can reduce employee travel. 
  • TALK TO YOUR OFFICE MANAGER
    Don’t be a stranger. Talk to your office manager about ways your office can be greener by providing recycling bins, using refillable printer cartridges, purchasing green office supplies, and other actions.

Love This Place
ON THE GO


Making smart transportation and travel choices can save you money, make you healthier and happier, and reduce your carbon footprint. Love this place by walking, cycling, using public transportation, and driving smartly when you’re on the go. Take these simple steps when going to work, taking vacations, or roaming around the city.

  • IMPROVE YOUR COMMUTE
    Way to Go provides reliable, easy, environmentally-friendly, no-nonsense commuting options to Denver area commuters. They can help you save money, experience less stress, and save time, so that you can focus more on the things you enjoy. Learn more.
  • RIDE YOUR BIKE
    It’s good for you and the environment! The City of Denver has over 100 miles of multi-use trail, 100 miles of bike lanes, 39 miles of sharrows, and almost 400 miles of signed bike routes – use them! Learn more about cycling in Denver.
  • BECOME A BCYCLE MEMBER
    No bike? No problem! Check out Denver B-cycle, Denver’s bike sharing system. With 87 stations and 700 bikes throughout ten central Denver neighborhoods, you can check out and return a B-cycle at any station 5 a.m. to midnight, 365 days a year. Learn more.
  • USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
    Choose to travel by bus or light rail. RTD is a leader in the transit industry in conserving energy, reducing emissions, recycling materials and employing other environmentally beneficial operations and maintenance practices. Visit rtd-denver.com to find the fastest ways around the city.
  • HOOF IT
    Walking is great for your health and the environment. After all, people are pedestrians by design. Not sure where to start? Local social enterprise, Walk2Connect works with individuals and organizations to transform walking from a choice to a behavior to a lifestyle by offering a range of walking trips throughout the state. Learn more.
  • CHOOSE A HYBRID OR ELECTRIC CAR
    Hybrid and electric vehicles are highly efficient (smaller engines, advanced aerodynamics, and lighter-weight materials), emit less or no greenhouse gases, and save you money at the fuel pump. And more and more electric vehicle charging stations are added throughout the city every year. Learn more.
  • TURN IT OFF
    Idling for longer than 10 seconds wastes more fuel than restarting your engine. Plus, curbside idling is illegal – even if you’re sitting in your car, you can get a ticket for idling your engine. Turn off your engine to save gas and money.
  • FOR LONG DISTANCES, CHOOSE TRAIN OR BUS
    Air travel accounts for 9% of human-induced climate change. Take a train or coach bus to avoid airport lines and know that your trip is saving up to 70% more energy and producing 85% less air pollution than a plane. If you must fly, consider offsetting your emissions through the Colorado Carbon Fund.
  • TAKE A SUSTAINABLE VACATION
    Choose travel agencies that specialize in eco-tourism to minimize your eco-footprint and to ensure that your trip is protecting indigenous cultures and safely promoting local economies.
  • ASK YOUR RENTAL COMPANY ABOUT HYBRIDS
    Rental car companies across the nation have responded to consumers’ preference for more fuel-efficient cars by stocking their fleets with hybrids.
  • GET A TUNE-UP
    Tune-ups make your car more fuel efficient while improving how well it runs. Keep your tires at the right pressure and rotate them regularly. Properly inflated tires can improve gas mileage by 3.3% while reducing carbon emissions.
     

Love This Place
LIFESTYLE


There are many ways for us to love this place in our day-to-day lives. Whether it’s what we eat, buy, decide, or do – making simple, sustainable choices in our daily lives contributes to great strides toward a healthier community and planet. The little things really do add up.

  • BECOME A SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOOD
    Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program gives residents the opportunity to become active partners in making Denver a vibrant and sustainable community. Neighborhoods participating in this unique certification program organize workshops, projects, and events that enhance the livability of their neighborhood and reduce residents' ecological footprint. Learn more.
  • USE A REUSABLE BOTTLE
    Replace your one-time use cup habit with a stylish and sustainable reusable bottle or mug. You will save money and our community’s precious natural resources.
  • BUY IT USED (AND DONATE TOO)
    Macklemore made thrift shopping cool again. Everything from furniture to cars can be bought in good shape second-hand. You’ll save money and reduce waste. You can also contribute by donating your unwanted items.
  • USE REUSABLE BAGS
    Carry a reusable bag with you when you go shopping and help eliminate the 100 million pounds of disposable bags Americans use annually that clog up our landfill and our rivers.
  • REGISTER YOUR CHILDREN FOR THEIR MY DENVER CARD
    Kids should be active and now thanks to Denver voters’ overwhelming support of Measure 2A in 2012, all Denver students ages 5 to 18 have free, year-round access to the city’s 23 recreation centers and 29 pools with the MY Denver Card. Cultural institutions throughout the city have also partnered with MY Denver to give youth and their families discounted admission to enjoy and learn more about what makes Denver great. Learn more.
  • PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET
    Pollutants from improperly disposed pet waste may be washed into Denver’s lakes, rivers, and creeks by rain or melting snow. When pet waste is washed into lakes or streams, water quality is diminished, which can inhibit swimming, boating, and fishing. It’s also dangerous for wildlife. Cleaning up after your pet can be as simple as taking a plastic bag or pooper scooper along on your next walk.
  • USE ONLINE BANKING
    Enroll in a paperless banking program. It’s safe, convenient, and can help the U.S. keep 1 billion pounds of paper out of the waste stream. You can also sign-up for paperless, online billing from Xcel Energy and Denver Water.
  • SUPPORT BUSINESSES THAT LOVE THIS PLACE
    Certifiably Green Denver provides free, confidential, non-regulatory environmental assistance to Denver’s business community. Support the businesses that go the extra mile to save energy, reduce waste and use water wisely by shopping at these certified businesses whenever possible.
  • BUY THINGS THAT LAST
    A more expensive toaster that lasts 10 years ends up costing you less than a cheap one that breaks after a few years. You can do your part to keep items out of landfills.
  • BUY LOCAL
    On average, produce travels 1,500 miles before you buy it. The closer your food, the fresher, tastier, and more nutritious it is. Farmers’ Markets across the city and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) are convenient and delicious ways to buy local. You can also look for the Colorado Proud logo at your local grocery store. Find your nearest Farmers’ Market on Pocketgov.
  • GROW YOUR OWN FOOD
    No food is fresher or tastier than the food you grow yourself! No space at home for a garden? Check out Denver Urban Gardens to learn more about how to reserve a plot at a nearby community garden. Learn more.
  • EAT ORGANIC
    Why eat chemicals when you can eat real food? Organic food contains far fewer chemicals than conventional food. It’s better for your health, and it reduces water pollution and dependence on oil.
  • GET A LIBRARY CARD
    Save money and trees by borrowing books from the library. They have the latest best sellers, all the classics, and also movies, music, and magazines. Visit a Denver Public Library – they’re some of the best in the nation.
     

 

Mayor Hancock loves this place by recycling. How can you love this place?