Mustafa Santiago Ali is the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus. The Hip Hop Caucus is a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change. As HHC Senior Vice President, he leads the strategic direction, expansion andoperation of the Hip Hop Caucus’ portfolio on Climate, Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. Mustafa is renowned as a National Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator specializing in Social Justice issues focused on revitalizing our most vulnerable communities. Throughout his career, Mr. Ali has conducted over 1,000 presentations across the country, including speeches, guest lecturers and trainings. He has also worked with over 500 domestic and international communities to secure environmental, health and economic justice.
Talking Transparency: Life-Cycle Analysis Tools from Unique Perspectives
Catch an overview of The Higg Index, created by the Outdoor Industry Association. This data-driven approach allows for informed and sustainable decisions regarding material selection, product manufacturing and overall business practices without having to conduct a full life-cycle analysis (LCA). Next up, learn about the LCA toolkit project, a state and local government collaboration to assist users in bringing LCA to their organization. Come work through examples using both the Higg Index and LCA toolkit and learn more about how the public and private sectors are using LCA to prioritize sustainability efforts and expand the circular economy.
Design with Success in Mind
Dive in to designs of places, spaces, markets and programs that lead to better water and material use. Learn how innovative designs using green infrastructure, circular economy principals, data, and technology can mean a more efficient way of resource management in this in-depth panel and discussion.
Waste Diversion Challenges in Tenant-Occupied Spaces
Well aware of recycling and compost service challenges in multi-family and commercial spaces, the Denver Recycles team will lead the audience through solution-oriented presentations that will set the stage for a discussion on overcoming waste diversion challenges in tenant-occupied spaces. Audience members will be encouraged to participate with their own issues as tenants, renters, and building owners with an opportunity to brainstorm what the City, its partners, and the community need to do to overcome tenant/owner waste challenges.
Beyond CSR: Instilling a Culture of Sustainability Values
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become somewhat mainstream for companies that want to remain competitive, but it alone is not enough to attract loyal customers and the best talent, let alone be a steward of the environment and communities in which they operate. Join local business and public-sector leaders to explore what it means to go beyond CSR, how to truly create a culture of sustainability, and what it means to not only be the best in Colorado but the Best for Colorado! After hearing from public and private leaders about their journey in creating a true culture of sustainability it will be your turn to get equipped with the tools to make it happen.
Embracing Sustainability as a Public Value
In this session, hear about Denver’s plans to get the community to embrace Sustainability as a Core Public Value and to create a Sustainability Resource Library. Learn from Denver residents actively involved in making their communities more vibrant, livable, and sustainable. Participants are invited to add to a growing list of resources that will inspire and empower residents to take on community sustainability projects in their own neighborhoods.
Equitable and Affordable Mobility - Is There a Panacea?
This discussion will focus on the social equity and environmental perspectives of emerging mobility options. New vehicle types, tech-based offerings, and dynamic services (e.g. electric scooters, micro transit, e-bikes, etc.) promise greater flexibility and reduced single occupancy vehicle trips, but who are they actually serving and how can we continue to achieve greater mobility without sacrificing affordability, sustainability, and active living? How do we retrofit existing infrastructure or policies to allow these new types of innovations to enter the market safely and equitably?
Providing Greater Access to Parks and Other Green Spaces
Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) plans to add new parkland to its system in order to keep pace with the city's growth, but doing so takes time and money. Learn about DPR's ambitious plans to ensure all residents are within a 10-minute walk to parks, and its efforts to work with partners and the development community to provide parks and open space. Discuss DPR's remarkable work with the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to "open the gates" of the Refuge that adjoin Montbello to provide better access to nearby open space areas.
Water Conservation and Protecting Water Quality in Denver Parks
Examine water conservation projects at Harvard Gulch and Harvey Park, where Denver is in the process of converting from potable water to raw water. Learn about Denver’s water management with the help of Central Control. Additionally, learn about how Denver is re-thinking water quality projects – from pipes to daylighting waterways, and from concrete basins to natural wetlands. The City Park Golf Course renovation project, 39th Ave. Greenway, and Asbury-Tejon are example projects featuring new ways to approach water quality.
Complete Neighborhood Food Environments
Examine a project is to implement food system policies and environmental changes to create “complete neighborhood food environments” that increase equitable access to healthy, affordable foods. Panelists from three local public health agencies are building on their strong partnership to address inequitable food systems and environments that perpetuate poor dietary patterns and chronic disease outcomes across five counties. Participants will have discussions about key factors for a complete neighborhood food environment, food access, equity, and security.
From the Green Roof Initiative to Denver's New Green Building Policy
Sustainability Starts with Stability
Establishing an Equity Balance: Common Language and Principles of Working with Diverse Communities
Equity is fundamental to any sustainable society, yet is often overlooked in sustainability work. This session will introduce common language around diversity, inclusion, and equity; highlight key ways in which equity and environmental protection intersect; and establish fundamental principles of working with diverse communities.
One Water, Many Opportunities
This session will give an overview of the One Water concept and how it is being implemented across Denver infrastructure. This will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to take a deeper dive in to specific elements and even have a chance to create their own designs.
Pioneering Sustainability: The National Western Center Campus
The National Western Center Campus presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to honor and celebrate the spirit of the West and pioneer Sustainability principles. Together with their partners, Colorado State University and the Western Stock Show Association, the Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center is making concrete and long-term goals to accomplish the vision of creating a net zero energy, One Water, and zero waste campus. Using NWC as a case study, attendees of this session will learn a step-by-step process of how to set a bold sustainability vision and successfully move to implementation.
Sharing your Sustainability Story Effectivel
Want to know how to promote your business’ sustainable practices effectively? In this session, you will learn the best strategies and techniques for engaging customers, partners and employees in your sustainability efforts. This session will give an overview of Colorado’s free business sustainability programs and how they provide visibility while helping you avoid greenwashing. Business leaders will share their experience working with these programs and how they use sustainability messages to enhance their marketing. Then, take a deeper dive into choosing the best messages, media and language to tell an authentic sustainability story.
Sustainability Driving Business Value
How can your company benefit from its progress towards Denver’s sustainability goals? Denver has laid out a well-structured vision for sustainability progress by 2020, and will continue to do so as we go beyond. This interactive session will lay out a basic model for driving business value through sustainability, map the model onto the Denver 2020 goals, and discuss plans for moving the discussion beyond the board room and into action that drives revenue, reduces costs, improves brand and reduces risk.
Transit That Works Better for All
This discussion will focus on what ingredients are necessary to position transit options in Denver as the premier, most accessible way of moving around the City. A successful multi-faceted approach will require partnership from various agencies and innovators to ensure that all residents of Denver live within a ¼ mile of a high frequency transit network and can reach those destinations in a variety of different ways. The discussion will also touch on creative ways to educate and incentivize the public to utilize those investments.
SITES: An Alternative to LEED for Parks and Open Spaces
Experience the process of planning and developing Heron Pond, the first park for which Denver will apply for SITES Certification. Discuss how lessons learned can apply to prospective development of other green spaces in Denver. Also learn about how SITES can help create urban wildlife and pollinator habitat.
What's Up With Our Trees?
Examine how Denver Parks and Recreation is dealing with the upcoming arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer and learn how can residents help the city prepare. Discuss the importance is increasing and diversifying Denver's tree canopy in order to help with carbon sequestration, urban heat mitigation and habitat.
Food Matters: Food Waste Prevention, Rescue, and Recycling in Denver
Explore the local food waste landscape in Denver and strategies for reducing food waste in the future at the city scale. A panel of national and local experts will discuss the city’s Food Matters project to dramatically reduce wasted food in the city by working with residents, restaurants, businesses and anchor institutions. Participants will also have table discussions to develop recommendations around city strategies for food waste prevention, a food rescue strategy for those in need, and a food scrap recycling strategy that increases the diversion of food scraps from landfills or incinerators and returns valuable nutrients to the soil.
Energize Denver and PACE Financing: A Perfect Match
Denver's 80x50 Plan – Implementation Plans
Denver recently released its plan to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050 and announced strategies and goals in the areas of renewable electricity, transportation, and energy efficiency. Come hear how Denver plans to reach these goals and how you can play a part. Participants will have a chance to talk to Individual Program Leads to learn more detail and provide input.
Voices from the Community: Sustainability in Person
Creating Change Starting Within: Organizational Models for Equity