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The Office of Sustainability is thrilled to announce that the annual Sustainable Denver Summit has generated over 184 Commitments to Action. A commitment is a new, specific, and measurable action that will help Denver achieve one or more of our shared 2020 Sustainability Goals.


Current 'To-Date' Summary Statistics

Graph of the 2015 Commitments Summary Statistics

2018 Commitments


Big Green

Build to 100 Learning Gardens in Colorado by the end of 2020.

Denver Public Library

Add 10-15 sustainability presenters into our programmer database: beekeeping, carbon farming, recycling, composting, starting a cooperative, water wise gardening, gardening for pollinators, renewable energy 101, monitor air quality in Denver etc.

Mercy Housing

Increase SNAP outreach and enrollment, formalize food pantries and food bank relationships, and expand research-based nutritional education at seven Denver affordable housing communities that are home to over 1,700 residents


Develop and implement a retail local food retail program at all Colorado Target stores by the end of 2020.

Concept GeeBee

Put a plant in Denver  to manufacture electric vehicles if GeeBee gets orders for at least 125 vehicles from our area.


City & County of Denver Public Works Department

Purchase first electric street sweeper in the US, to be used in downtown Denver.


City & County of Denver Department of Public Health & Environment

Launch a new community engagement, incentive and education campaign on electric vehicles to increase market adoption.



Create 100 more electrified parking stalls in the greater Denver area by 2021.


eGo Car Share

Expand fleet and transition 10 percent of vehicles to electric

Ambient Energy

Increase community knowledge about sustainable and healthy building design through regularly scheduled tours of our office and through our ongoing student internship program partnership with Metro State University of Denver.

EMP Task Force

The EMP Task Force will perform a risk assessment of Denver Energy Systems to natural or manmade threats from a physical, cyber, EMP or GMD event. The report will guide efforts to improve resilience of the grid.

Energy Efficient Business Coalition

Organize a 2019 Energy and Business Summit.

City & County of Denver Public Works Department - Wastewater 

Construct a new clubhouse and maintenance building at City Park Golf Course that will achieved LEED Gold including a complete array of solar panels that will offset a substantial percentage of energy usage at the facility.

Southwest Energy Efficiency Project

Conduct a series of activities including presentations, articles, meetings, advocacy, and advisory work to help households & businesses increase energy efficiency and shift to cleaner transportation. We will specifically focus on helping the City and stakeholders with the adoption of the 2018 IECC and IGBC, EVs in the building codes, and improving the impacts of the benchmarking ordinance. 


Analyze whether or not pairing Artificial Intelligence (AI) with electric meters can perform sub-metering without the cost of buying sub-meters.

Hive Architecture

Design an accessory dwelling unit made partially from pre-fabricated units that can be constructed for under $100,000

City & County of Denver Office of Economic Development 

In partnership with Denver Housing Authority, Denver OED Housing will deploy recently expanded City funding for affordable housing to produce an additional 200 units in 2019 and 433 units in 2020.

City & County of Denver Public Works – Solid Waste Management

Increase the recycling and composting rate by 2 percentage points over 2018 by implementing a comprehensive education and outreach program.



Host an open house for the community to come and learn from DaVita how we've improved our waste diversion percentage. 


Performing a waste audit of our office building, and using the audit to determine if we should incorporate composting into our waste management strategy.



Increase the amount of Post-Consumer recycled PET used in our Blue Stripe cold cups from 25% to 30% by the end of 2019.

Understanding Distruption

Study the challenges and opportunities of micro-mobility (e-scooters and e-bikes) and how they can be integrated into a broader smart city mobility plan. This includes best practices for safe co-existence with other vehicles and pedestrians.

City & County of Denver Public Works Department

Accelerate the installation of on-road bike facilities (bike lanes, protected lanes, lane markings, etc.) at a rate far faster than has been the case previously, with rapid acceleration beginning in 2020 and producing at least 125 miles of such facilities within five years.


Create a program to track employee carbon emissions associated with transportation to / from work, including incentives to achieve the lowest and most improved footprint.

Trout Unlimited

  • Deploy dissolved oxygen sensors at sites along the South Platte to identify stretches that need to improve dissolved oxygen in order to make the river fishable.
  • Create a fishable streatch of the South Platte by using approved boulder clusters, LUNKER structures, and jetties to ensure natural sile and sand transport and creation of scour holes.

City & County of Denver Public Works 

Organize a pilot project to demonstration a One Water green infrastructure project at a private business.


Performing a rainwater harvesting study for our office building, to determine the costs and benefits of adding a rainwater harvesting system.

Colorado Greywater

Install 100 Graywater systems in Denver by 2020.

Lever Energy Capital

Discounting our financing fees for sustainability projects in commercial real estate within the City of Denver by 15%.

Rocky Mountain Public Banking Institute 

Educate City officials of the need for a public bank & its feasibility, benefits, and legality, the need to authorize creation of a business plan for a public bank, and approve a referendum to amend the City Charter to create a public bank.

Sustainable Systems of Colorado

Identify feasibility funding source(s) and possible routes for sustainable PPP, high-speed ,maglev, elevated, H2 powered, monorail transportation/energy production/communication-backbone system.

Denver International Airport (DEN)

Denver International Airport will work with airport concessions to increase participation in the Certifiably Green Denver program, with an aspirational goal to double the number of certified businesses by the end of 2019.


DaVita created an internal green building certification program as part of our 2020 environmental goals. It will certify all of its Denver locations to this standard; certification entails best practices around: waste, water, energy & teammate engagement.


2016 Commitments


City & County of Denver Office of Economic Development & Department of Environment Health

We commit to shift existing staff and financial resources (including existing DEH Healthy Corner Store dollars) to better provide business technical assistance to at least three neighborhood healthy food retail stores. The total Investment will be determined by the Individual stores we work with but will be At least $50,000. We will pilot the approach in low‐‐‐income neighborhoods with relatively low access to Fresh healthy food. We will also leverage existing relationships through the Healthy Corner Store Grant program.

Denver Food Rescue

"Goodness Groceries / Bondadosa"; Deliver healthy, low‐cost food to the homes of residents of Denver's food 

Denver Public Health

Securing additional funding and engaging additional partners to expand the reach of a public education campaign on the dangers of sugary beverages.

Share our Strength

The Food Education and Promotion working group will recommend the best policy under the “food education and promotion” topic to the full Sustainable Food Policy Council and upon approval, to the Mayor.

Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters Colorado

Increase (by 15%) the focus of our Nutrition and Food Skills education courses and tours for low‐income parents and caregivers of children 0‐ 5, so that healthy eating patterns are established early and for life.

Snooze AM Eatery

Snooze commits to host an informational and educational session for Denver area restaurants and bars.


City & County of Denver

The City and County of Denver will procure 200 Plug‐in Electric Vehicles and required charging infrastructure by 2020. 

City & County of Denver Technology Services 

Implementing Nightwatchman, a power management tool, that will result in a huge energy savings within the City as well as help propel us to a Gold certification with the State Electronics Challenge.

City & County of Denver Community & Planning Department ‐ Development Services 

Create and implement a revised fee policy that has financial incentives for Net Zero and advanced sustainable design projects to receive fee reductions and waivers (via rebates).

City & County of Denver Environmental Health Department

Introduce to council a benchmarking and transparency ordinance and implement a program to track the energy savings from large commercial and multifamily buildings. 

City & County of Denver Police Department -  Property Management Section 

Expanding the Remote Evidence Lockers (RELs) to Police Districts 3 and 4 

City & County of Denver Strategic Initiatives/General Services 

  • Commit to expanding the City’s use of the Community Solar Garden Program.
  • Commit to conducting a feasibility study to determine the approach in developing a net zero building within the City’s portfolio. 

Accelerate Climate Action 

Working with Capitol Hill neighborhood associations and organizations, we will design, fund & implement a campaign to facilitate household & block level action to reduce & adapt to climate change. We may also work with other interested neighborhoods. 

Regional Air Quality Council & Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment - Air Pollution Control Division 

The Air Pollution Control Division and the Regional Air Quality Council will dedicate $40,000 to research and recommend potential strategies to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from consumer products and Architectural, Industrial and Maintenance coatings.

Colorado Finance and Housing Authority

CHFA is undertaking a major rehabilitation of our headquarters building located at 1981 Blake Street in downtown Denver. This entire building remodel will be primarily taking place in 2017 and will be completed in the summer of 2017, resulting in a substantial decrease in our total energy (natural gas, electricity, water and fleet fuel) usage. 


  • Provide EcoPass to all employees located in DTC area 
  • Clean cities sector reduce ghg by certain % 3. add xx charging stations and branded stations to strip mall locations

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

  • Working with our small businesses, becoming a go to source for renewable energy solutions as they start up their business
  • Working with construction company members by encouraging them to build energy efficient buildings 


We commit to sponsoring and supporting the October 2017 Solar Decathlon, which will convene 14 university teams from around the world designing, building, and deploying solar‐powered homes at Pena Station NEXT. 


Sierra Club 

The Sierra Club will commit to pursue an inclusive facilitator role to support community awareness and engagement to achieve Denver's 2020 and 80 x 50 goals, and encourage the city to commit to 100% renewable electricity while prioritizing equity. 

Pursue an inclusive facilitator role to support broad community education and engagement within the stakeholder process in considering Ready for 100 (100% renewable energy by 2030), prioritizing equity.

Southwest Energy Efficiency Project 

SWEEP commits to a series of activities including webinars, presentations, articles, and advocacy and advisory work that will help households and businesses in Denver increase energy efficiency and shift to cleaner forms of transportation.

City & County of Denver Community Planning Department

  • Pursue a zoning code text amendment to eliminate the minimum area requirement for map amendments (rezonings), design overlays, and conversation overlays. 
  • Pursue a zoning code text amendment to reduce side interior setbacks for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in the General Urban Neighborhood Context on narrow lots to facilitate the construction of ADUs. 
  • Pursue a zoning code text amendment to remove existing zoning restrictions to allow all primary uses in established industrial, drive-thru restaurant, and drive-thru services building forms.

City & County of Denver Office of Economic Development - Housing

  • Direct approximately $150 million of new funding over the next 10 years to affordable housing development, preservation, and programs for residents. 
  • Develop, implement, and communicate criteria for housing development and preservation investment that prioritize projects with transit access and strong connections to neighborhood resources and amenities. 
  • Offer a competitive funding opportunity for innovative housing pilot projects, with a focus on projects that support affordability in high- opportunity and gentrifying neighborhoods. 


Colorado Housing & Finance Authority

CHFA will work to accelerate the amount of funding available in 2017, including newly authorized state low income housing tax credits, to enable a larger of number of critical affordable housing units to be produced in a more expedited fashion. CHFA will require Enterprise Green Communities design, energy and resource efficiency standards for all affordable housing tax credit projects funded. 

Denver Homeless Outloud, Interfaith Alliance and Buck Foundation 

Build a tiny home village for people who are currently unhoused. 

Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver 

In 2017, Habitat will provide home ownership opportunities to 47% more low income families and we will preserve affordable housing for 25% more families.

City & County of Denver Arts and Venues 

Implement semi‐annual recycling and sustainability training for all Arts and Venue staff.

City & County of Denver Public Works – Fleet Management
Start an on‐site oil analysis testing program to determine when engine, transmission and hydraulic oils should be changed. 

City & County of Denver Public Works – Solid Waste Management

  • Expand Composting collection service by 4 routes.
  • Complete the delivery of trash carts to all 176,000 single family homes. 
  • Expand recycling services through automatic delivery of carts. 



Work with Mayor Hancock and the Denver City Council to develop and pass policies that help Denver increase its recycle and compost rate from 17 percent to at least the national average of 34 percent by 2020 by providing policy recommendations to Mayor Hancock and Denver City Council and building public support for these proposals through research, outreach, education, and engaging underserved and underrepresented communities. 

Eco-Cycle & Code for Denver

Develop a web application that will allow tenants of multi‐family apartment buildings with eight or more units to petition their landlords for recycling and/or composting service. 



Increase solid waste recycling to at least 45% of DaVita locations in Denver metro by 2020 and implement standard signage and education for these locations.

City & County of Denver Community Planning & Development

We will create and implement a demonstration project for 21st Street that shows how the street can be transformed to support walking.

City & County of Denver Office of Economic Development – Workforce Services

Educate employers on the benefits of providing transportation options, incentives, and information to current and potential employees.

City & County of Denver Public Works - Transportation & Mobility

  • Vision Zero: Utilize Variable‐message signs (VMS) and speed trailer equipment. 
  • Vision Zero: Hire Vision Zero Planner 
  • Vision Zero: Complete Vision Zero Action Plan and produce collateral materials or one‐pager.
  • Bicycle: Install 15 miles of bike lanes, 2.5 miles of protected bike lanes, and 3 miles of neighborhood bikeways. 
  • Transit: Implement Design of Colfax Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Pedestrian: Install new/enhanced crossing (intersection) treatments. Make pedestrian crossing improvements across the city, including enhanced crosswalks and use of new pedestrian crossing treatments (rapid flashing beacons, HAWK signals, etc). 
  • Pedestrian: Launch "Community Streets" program
  • Pedestrian: Use sidewalk funding to complete gaps in the sidewalk network. Will begin with land adjacent to City properties and moving from there on an ranking basis to fix areas with the most need Pedestrian: Complete and begin initial implementation of Denver Moves Pedestrians and Trails Plan.
  • Transit: NACTO Demo/Study Project of transit improvements on the Broadway & Lincoln corridor.

Bicycle Colorado / Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee 

Introduce bike libraries and bicycle education programs via the My Denver card at three or more Denver Recreation Centers to provide access to bikes, and to teach bike safety and maintenance to Denver youth.

Bike Denver
Launch our Bicycle Ambassadors program in Five Points and Baker neighborhoods


Boulder Nissan

A minimum discount of $8000 on all trim levels of Nissan Leafs.

Denver Zero Coalition 
The Vision Zero Coalition commits to launching a “Safe Speeds for Denver” campaign in 2017, aimed at “signing and designing” all Denver.

eGo CarShare 

  • We commit to having the average fuel efficiency of our fleet be 36 mpg or greater by the end of 2017.
  • We commit to doing a pilot project which will allow our members to access our vehicles using transit cards.

Mile High Connects 

Complete the creation of a 50% discount fare and pass program for RTD riders at 150% of the Federal Poverty Level or less (around $35,000 for a family of four).


  • Panasonic commits to deploying autonomous shuttles that will deliver last‐mile transit to residents of Pena Station NEXT. The shuttles will be the first of their kind in Denver and serve as a model for testing autonomous vehicles. 
  • Panasonic will work with CDOT to deploy a connected vehicle platform to the I‐70 Mountain corridor. The goal of the program is to improve traffic flow and safety, reducing congestion and associated carbon emissions. 

Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute will develop and implement a transportation demand management plan to support the very low parking ratios

Small Planet eBikes
Set a goal of getting 350 commitments from customers in 2017 to commute via electric bike instead of a car unless circumstances like bad 


Walk Denver 

WalkDenver commits to organizing Project Shift, a leadership program designed to educate, transform, empower, and connect Denver’s neighbors to work together to become champions on the forefront of a cultural shift towards car‐lite lifestyles.

City & County of Denver Public Works 

  • Commits to release two more green infrastructure resource documents including Green Infrastructure BMP Guidelines for Parks and the City’s first ever Green Infrastructure Implementation Strategy.
  • Denver Public Works commits to begin design and/or construction of two green infrastructure projects that meet multiple city goals, involve multiple partners, and occur in high or medium‐high priority water quality basins. 

City & County of Denver Public Works – Wastewater Management

2000 West 3rd Ave: A Pilot to evaluate public private partnerships (P3) visioning, planning, design criteria, and installation of site level green infrastructure at schools and interested community based facilities for educational purposes. 

Denver Water and The Water Connection/Greenway Foundation 

Denver Water and The Water Connection / The Greenway Foundation are teaming to lead a pledge drive which, if successful, will add an additional 500 acre‐feet of environmental storage in Chatfield Reservoir through a community coalition. Denver Water has committed nearly $2 million to fund the purchase of 250 acre‐feet of storage space in Chatfield–if The Greenway Foundation can raise the funds necessary to match that amount. 

Greater Park Hill Community 

Host a series of Waste Water Forums for Park Hill and the surrounding neighbors.

City & County of Denver Arts & Venues

Creating a guide for event planners hosting events at our venues to help implement more sustainable practices. 

City & County of Denver Human Services

Implement a proactive communications strategy for assistance programs clients to facilitate the informed management of their own cases by. This initiative will include the adoption and promotion of modern communications methods that may include email and text messaging.

Denver International Airport

Expand Denver International Airport's food donation program to be available to all DEN restaurants on all concourses, and increase the total amount donated to food‐insecure Denver‐area families through Metro Caring to 50,000 pounds in 2017. 

City & County of Denver Office of Special Events

Office of Special Events (OSE) will work in collaboration with multiple City agencies to increase awareness and encourage sustainable practices at special events such as, including recycling and compost receptacles, eliminating the use of water bottles and promoting alternative modes of transportation. OSE will work in conjunction with relevant event permitting agencies to explore embedding either requirements or incentives for sustainable event practices for the 2018 event season. 

Denver Public Library

Host on average one blog post and one public programming event focused on sustainability/regenerative action per month at the Denver Public Library. 

Lotus Engineering and Sustainability 

Work with at least three organizations to develop, integrate, and achieve their environmental justice goals.

Rocky Mountain Land Library
Establish an environmental library/learning center whose books and programs will be focused on 1) nature in the city 2) kids & nature 3)sustainability and urban homestead theme.


United States Green Building Council

As part of USGBC’s ADVANCE program, USGBC Colorado plans to partner with Historic Denver to identify a historic building and mobilize trained volunteers to conduct energy analysis and benchmarking, a waste assessment, water audit, and occupant training to help improve overall building performance.


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