2017 Sustainable Denver Summit: Growing Responsibly

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Mayor Michael B. Hancock invites you to the 2017 Sustainable Denver Summit – Growing Responsibly

The Sustainable Denver Summit caps a year-long process that engages the community – businesses, non-profits, government agencies and residents – in developing and implementing specific written commitments to action and projects that will help Denver achieve its 2020 Sustainability Goals.

The 2015 and 2016 Summits produced over 170 commitments combined. New this year, attendees can participate in breakout sessions on solving Wicked Problems that hinder sustainability – the problems that defy simple solution, but must be solved if we are to grow responsibly. Breakout sessions will also be available on our energy and climate future, and on developing a culture of sustainability in your organization.

As Denver grows, its increased density creates both opportunity and challenges. If basic resources are to be available and affordable to all we must manage them vigilantly so that everyone moves ahead rather than some falling behind.

SUMMIT SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE (subject to change)

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Check-In and Continental Breakfast

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM: Opening Keynote

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Morning Breakout Sessions

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM: Luncheon, Sustainability Awards

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Dessert and Networking

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM: Afternoon Breakout Sessions

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Networking and Cocktail Reception


35 Years of Denver Leadership Looking Forward 15 Years to a Responsible Denver

Featuring Denver’s Mayors

• Secretary Federico Peña (1983 – 1991)

• Mayor Wellington Webb (1991 – 2003)

• Governor John W. Hickenlooper (2003 – 2011)

• Mayor Michael B. Hancock (2011 – Current)

• Moderated by Ms. Kelly Brough, President and CEO, Denver Metro Chamber.

In 2017 the Summit is building lasting public-private partnerships to solve “Wicked Problems” – the problems that defy simple solution, but must be solved if we are to grow responsibly.

City agencies have developed problem statements that can be resolved only in partnership with business and nonprofits. We are working with individuals and organizations to build both projects to help resolve these “Wicked Problems” and lasting relationships that would not have otherwise developed. If you choose one of these breakout sessions you will learn about some of these problems and some of the projects that are developing to address them; you will be able to have input into these projects and an opportunity to join a project team should you choose to.

We also offer a separate breakout session on current issues in energy and climate change and a session on how to develop a culture of sustainability in your organization.

Each registrant will be asked to select a Breakout Session during registration.


Affordable Denver

Denver has been growing by well over 10,000 people a year for the last 6 years. While this growth has brought many benefits, it has also strained our housing supply and infrastructure. This track will explore how to maintain the Denver quality of life, diversity and character by keeping Denver’s neighborhoods and transportation systems affordable for everyone.

Green Spaces for All

Urban green spaces beautify, cool, and raise the value of the surrounding area while improving water quality and reducing flooding. This track will explore how we provide adequate green space equitably for our many needs as Denver continues to grow and densify.

Closing the Loop – Waste to Value

Waste streams contain valuable resources that should be used again. Opportunities for recycling and composting are not equally available to all Denver residents and organizations. This track will explore how Denver can more effectively capture resources from different waste streams, including food, giving them a new life in a new use.

Streets for People

Denver is a vibrant city with distinctive neighborhood centers, a growing transit system, and bustling downtown. We will explore how to make our streets more people and community-friendly as we try to accommodate more people safely, comfortably and efficiently on the existing right-of-way in all neighborhoods equitably.


Climate and Our Future

Climate change is making Denver hotter and our weather more variable. Energy efficiency and renewable energy, however, can make energy more affordable and emission-free even as demand for energy grows. This track will update attendees on Denver’s current 80 x 50 efforts to use reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including Energize Denver, and explore additional options to both prevent and adapt to rapid climate change.

This track includes two concurrent afternoon workshops, one on Energy Efficiency 101 and improving energy efficiency in commercial buildings by Energize Denver and one on Climate Smart Cities presented by the Trust for Public Land.

Sustainable Organizations as Community Members

Companies and organizations have a unique opportunity to advance environmental stewardship and social responsibility, not just internally, but in their communities as well. This track will discuss the benefits of these sustainability principles and help attendees identify ways to implement them in their organizations and their communities.

Thank You 2017 Sustainable Denver Summit Sponsors