Denver is paving the way toward a greener future with the Better Denver sustainability projects. Many aspects of the Better Denver projects lend themselves to green solutions - solutions that help to sustain the environment through design and construction approaches that incorporate energy efficiency, recycling, and wise use of land, water and other materials. Sustainable design and construction approaches can also save capital, operations and maintenance costs.
The Better Denver Program seeks sustainable elements that can be readily implemented, are environmentally responsible, and are deemed appropriate for any individual project. The program's sustainable development approach attempts to balance the environmental, social, and economic aspects of each project in a holistic manner so as to preserve natural resources and protect the environment for future Denver generations. Techniques under consideration include using post consumer recycled materials; recycling, salvaging or reusing construction or demolition waste; and conserving water through the use of efficient landscaping and irrigation.
One key to realizing sustainable solutions will be the ability of the program to identify projects that could achieve LEED certification. The Better Denver sustainable development approach and the achievement of LEED certification for specific Better Denver projects will be consistent with, and will help further the city's Greenprint Denver 2012 Climate Action Plan Goals.