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Red Rocks Strikes a Chord for Greener Concerts

Perfectly perched in Denver’s foothills, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is one of the most revered concert venues on Earth. It’s also on the leading edge when it comes to sustainability. First point of order: Concerts tend to generate a lot of trash, and getting everything in the right place requires…

Locals’ Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Denver

Herbivores, rejoice! Denver’s vegetarian and vegan dining choices are better than ever. Maybe you’re new to plant-based eating or maybe you said goodbye to meat years ago — either way, Denver’s vegetarian and vegan restaurants will delight you with fare that ranges from light-and-crisp creations to…

Take a Tour of a 'Greener' Colorado State Capitol Building

It’s hard to miss the gold-plated dome atop the Colorado State Capitol, but the nearly invisible geothermal system that heats and cools the building is every bit as compelling. Operational since 2013, the system was a first for a state capitol building. “The building is uniquely situated over the…

Meow Wolf Denver Turns Trash Into Striking Art, Fashion (Trashion)

At Meow Wolf Denver’s Convergence Station , art materials are in the eye of the beholder. The dizzyingly trippy immersive art installation is full of exhibits crafted from items that might have otherwise ended up in a landfill. But Meow Wolf’s mile-high interdimensional crossroads treasures what…

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…