Awards & Accomplishments
A City Committed to Environmental Progress
The City of Denver has supported innovative sustainable development strategies for many years, and Greenprint Denver is built on a strong foundation of past accomplishments. The initiative has also garnered recent accolades. Below are some of the ways the city’s efforts have been recognized:
- In 2011 Denver was ranked 11th in number of ENERGY STAR buildings in the metropolitan area by the U.S. EPA.
- Denver was chosen to be a participant in the International Green Capital Global Challenge.
- In 2011 Denver was ranked 5th in overall environmental performance by the Siemens US & Canada Green City Index.
- Former Mayor John Hickenlooper and the Mile High Million Initiative won the Public Awareness of Trees Award through the Arbor Day Foundation in 2010.
- In 2010 Greenprint Denver won the CORE Sustainability Champion Award.
- Colorado was ranked 2nd by the EPA in 2010 for energy efficient schools.
- Denver ranked second for sustainable competitiveness in a study completed by The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.
- Denver has instituted the Environmental Champions award for employees who promote environmental protection and conservation strategies.
- In June 2009, former Mayor John Hickenlooper received the first place Mayors’ Climate Protection Award, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wal-Mart Stores, for the FasTracks initiative. The award recognizes Mayors for innovative practices designed to increase energy-efficiency and curb global warming.
- In May 2009, the City of Denver in partnership with the Neighborhood Energy Action Partnership (NEAP) received the top award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and Siemens Corp. for its comprehensive neighborhood outreach program. The 2nd annual Siemens Sustainable Community Award was given to Denver in the large community category.
- In 2009 Denver won the Seimens Sustainable Community Award for dedication to improving overall sustainability through environmental, economic, and social solutions.