Dec 20, 2017
Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment’s Sustainable Neighborhood Program is excited to announce the addition of the Stapleton neighborhood to the program. This addition increases the total number of participating neighborhoods to 14, joining Barnum, Chaffee Park-Regis, North City Park, Villa Park, West Colfax, Green Valley Ranch, East Colfax, Baker, Congress Park, Highland, La Alma-Lincoln Park, Greater Park Hill, and Harvey Park.
Stapleton plans to build upon their commitment to sustainability by engaging the community, both within the neighborhood and by connecting with surrounding communities. Over 350 residents voiced their support for the neighborhood’s application to the program, including a handful of local businesses. Some of the priority projects identified for 2018 include:
- Tree Planting in Community Parks
- Electronics Recycling Drive
- Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Fair
- Clean-up Day at Westerly Creek
- Sustainability-themed Movie & Dinner Night
The Sustainable Neighborhoods program helps residents strengthen their sustainability efforts by providing support and recognition from the City. Participating neighborhoods receive in-kind support in the form of outreach materials, printing, venue fees, food, and staff time to assist with outreach and project development.
“One thing that really stood out was Stapleton’s enthusiasm for connecting with neighboring communities,” said Program Administrator Taylor Moellers. “These sustainability initiatives start with dedicated individuals and neighborhood groups. The fact that Stapleton is already thinking about how their efforts could have city-wide benefits is exciting and it’s exactly the direction we want the Sustainable Neighborhoods program to go.”
Participating Sustainable Neighborhoods earn credits for achieving sustainability goals by completing projects such as offering xeriscaping workshops, holding work days at a local community garden, sharing tips for reducing your carbon footprint, and educating neighbors on how to make their homes more energy efficient. Depending on the number of credits earned in a given year, neighborhoods can be designated as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood” or an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood.”
To learn more about the program, visit SustainableNeighborhoodNetwork.org/Denver.