Shrinking Your Carbon Footprint

Shrinking Your Carbon Footpring

Although every home in Stapleton is Energy Star® qualified, Stapleton homebuilders go well beyond what is required. Their efforts save Stapleton residents an average of 30% on their utility bills compared to owners of typical new homes. Some Stapleton homeowners even get refunds. Such are the benefits of having energy-efficiency designed and built right in. And this benefit will actually increase as energy prices rise.

Of course, there are some additional perks. Such as fewer greenhouse gas emissions (reducing our carbon footprint), cleaner air, cleaner water and ultimately a healthier planet for future generations. In other words, be good to mother earth and she’ll return the favor.

At Stapleton, being environmentally conscious is a big idea that leads to other big ideas.  Such as…

Putting everything you need close to home.

Groceries, specialty shops, restaurants, schools
are just a short walk or bike ride from your home or office, so you burn calories instead of fossil
fuels.

Setting high energy-efficiency standards for office and retail space.

Stapleton’s energy-saving commercial buildings, several of which are LEED® certified, reduce operating costs. So what’s good for the environment is also good for business.

Achieving a 93% voluntary recycling rate.

That says a lot about the people who live here.

Setting new standards for redevelopment by recycling an entire airport.

Over 6 million tons of runway concrete have been crushed into “Staplestone,” an aggregate used to build roadways, bridges and bike paths in Stapleton and throughout Colorado.

Partnering with NREL (National Renewable Energy Labs) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America to make each generation of homes better than the last.

Because technologies and materials keep improving.

Planting over 26,464 (and counting) carbon-scrubbing trees.

Think of them as nature’s air filters. And oxygen tanks.

Encouraging people to use their legs with over 36 miles of bike trails and 100
miles of sidewalks.

So you don’t have to go for a drive just to go for a walk or a ride.

At Stapleton, we never stop trying to minimize our impact on the environment. And you can help
… simply by living here.

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