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Eric Peterson

Denver's Ball Arena Turns Aluminum Into Gold for the Environment

Whenever the Denver Nuggets or Colorado Avalanche are having great seasons, the excitement builds around Ball Arena as the teams eye deep playoff runs. The Broomfield-based Ball Corporation, the 800-pound gorilla of the aluminum can industry that bought the arena’s naming rights in 2020, is pushing…

Coors Field Goes to Bat for Sustainability

It’s a magical time of year each spring when robins are building nests, flowers are starting to bloom and the Colorado Rockies are preparing to play ball at Coors Field. But it’s not baseball as usual, not if Robert Wilkinson, the Rockies’ procurement coordinator, has anything to do with it. About…

Denver Botanic Gardens Sets the Bar for Sustainable Horticulture

When it comes to sustainable horticulture, Denver Botanic Gardens is leading by example. Take green roofs, which ease the urban heat island, provide wildlife habitat and offer other environmental benefits. There are two at the York Street location: a display roof atop the Boettcher Building and…

Denver Zoo Sets Ambitious Goals for a Greener Future

Home to more than 3,000 animals, Denver Zoo has gotten greener in recent years. This has nothing to do with the resident pythons (green tree pythons are known for their vivid emerald color): Sustainability has been front and center at the zoo for more than a decade. “We’ve really been able to…

Denver Distilleries Dramatically Cut Waste Via Sustainable Methods

Denver has emerged as one of the country’s top cities for craft spirits, with about a dozen distilleries bottling everything from absinthe to whiskey. Turning grain and fruit into liquor is resource-intensive, and it also generates a notable stream of waste. Many operations in The Mile High City…

Denver Breweries Go Green for the Planet

Denver is one of the best beer cities on the planet, and the planet is front of mind for many of the city’s top breweries. To help the industry become more sustainable, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) launched a sustainable brewing program in 2017. Kaitlin Urso, an…

Denver Chefs Move Toward Zero-Waste Kitchens

Food waste is a massive problem. According to Sam Talarczyk, director of programs and operations for Denver-based nonprofit We Don’t Waste, 40 percent of all food in the U.S. ends up going straight into the trash. We Don’t Waste is doing its part to reduce the waste, with a small fleet of…

As Urban Agriculture Sprouts in Denver, Here's Where to Eat It

Urban agriculture is poised to double its global output in the 2020s. The industry meshes hyperlocal production, sustainability and cutting-edge technology to grow and deliver the freshest possible produce to restaurants and consumers. In Denver, several farms are literally planting the seeds for…

Only in Denver: A Unique Monument Heats Up Cheeseburger Debate

At the northwest corner of Speer Boulevard and Alcott Street in Denver sits a monument to a fast-food milestone that allegedly took place here nearly a century ago. Erected by a local dairy association in 1987 in what is now a lily garden fronting a KeyBank branch, the monument honors the long-gone…