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Q&A WITH GREENPRINT DENVER DIRECTOR MICHELE WEINGARDEN:

VISIT DENVER: WHAT ARE A FEW TIPS YOU CAN GIVE DENVERITES WHO ARE LOOKING TO "GO GREEN?"

MW: It is important for all of us to remember that the resources we depend upon today - fresh water, clean air and trees - will not be around for future generations if we do not take care of them. One way for each of us to do our part is to join Mayor Hickenlooper in the Take 5 Pledge. As Mayor Hickenlooper notes, some of the greatest threats to our natural resources come from things we do out of habit. By changing five habits, together, we are making Denver greener and more sustainable for generations to come. The Take 5 Pledge helps each of us reduce the community's energy use, water use, waste, air pollution, and improve Denver's land today and for the future. Once a Denverite succeeds in changing these five habits, the Greenprint Denver Office can provide guidance on additional steps, through our Green Your Home toolkit. Denverites may call our office at (720) 865-9017 to request a kit.

Greenprint also works with a number of nonprofit organizations that reach out to Denver residents with home energy audits, low-flow toilet installation, and other resources and information to help residents save money and protect the environment. Those looking for additional ways to take green steps at home, please visit www.greenprintdenver.org for information about the Greenprint Insulate and Seal rebate program, made possible through our partnership with the Governor's Energy Office. Denver businesses can register to participate in the Greenprint Greener Denver Business Program, which provides tools to help businesses become sustainable.

VISIT DENVER: WHAT ARE A FEW TIPS YOU CAN GIVE PEOPLE VISITING DENVER WHO WANT TO TRAVEL IN A MORE ECO-FRIENDLY FASHION?

MW: Thanks to the terrific support from VISIT DENVER, there will soon be information available on this website about ways to be a green visitor to Denver. The Convention & Visitors Bureau has a great new walking and biking map for visitors who wish to see the historic and cultural sites of Denver in an eco-friendly and fun way. Several Denver bicycle shops rent bicycles, and Denver has a beautiful riverfront path for cyclists and pedestrians. Many of Denver's hotels promote green practices, such as encouraging guests to reuse towels and linens and turn lights off when they leave their rooms. Several Denver restaurants promote water conservation and other sustainable practices. Thanks to the commitment of the Denver hospitality industry, opportunities to travel through Denver in an eco-friendly way are boundless!

VISIT DENVER: WHERE IS GREENPRINT HEADED IN THE FUTURE? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CITY'S PLANS FOR INCREASING ITS SUSTAINABILITY?

MW: Greenprint Denver is planning a number of exciting sustainability projects that will benefit Denver and help the community reach its Climate Action Plan goals. Currently, we are working to make solar power more accessible to the average homeowner and commercial business; expand recycling programs into public spaces and business districts; guide municipal construction on incorporating sustainable elements into design and construction; plant 75,000 trees as part of the Mile High Million initiative; collaborate with neighborhood groups across the city on greening homes and businesses; and continue the City's efforts to lead by example through water and energy efficiency, waste diversion and environmentally preferable purchasing.


Want to make your trip to Denver as eco-friendly as possible? Use the Denver Travel CO2e Emissions Calculation Tool, an easy-to-use online tool that calculates Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Equivalent (e) emissions that result from your vacation in Denver.

Planning an event? Make it as eco-friendly as possible by using the meeting planners' Denver Events CO2e Emissions Calculation Tool.

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