Greener Denver Business Program “let’s paint this town green” Invite to Local Businesses
Denver OED <ul><li>Growing our Own ..ideas,businesses, and future workers. </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Investments ..to ha...
Greener Denver Initiative <ul><li>Greening Business ..changing business practices and approaches. </li></ul><ul><li>Green ...
Why OED? <ul><li>A few recent Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Require Green Communities certification for affordable housing ...
Leading and Connecting… <ul><li>Co-hosting the 2009 Sustainable Opprtunity Summit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.sosummit.org  ...
Greener Denver Business Program What is it? <ul><li>Greener Denver Business Program  encourages, measures, and monitors th...
How We Got Here <ul><li>2006 State of the City address, Mayor introduced  Greenprint Denver , his economic and environment...
GDBP Goals <ul><li>Provide tangible evidence that Denver’s business community contributes to the Climate Action Plan’s cor...
Benefits of Participation  <ul><li>Training curriculum with courses on energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, e...
Prepare to Register  <ul><li>Gather relevant documents </li></ul><ul><li>Basic company info- contact information, number o...
Register On-line  <ul><li>Register at  </li></ul><ul><li>www.GreenerDenverBiz.org </li></ul>
Wogging Through  Get all the way through and then add your green team
After You Register <ul><li>An OED staff member will contact Denver-based companies to arrange a time to visit to: </li></u...
Expectations <ul><li>Convene with green team and discuss greening opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Set 12-month goals using...
Questions <ul><li>Thank You! </li></ul><ul><li>Tim Martinez </li></ul><ul><li>Denver Office of Economic Development </li><...
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  1. 1. Greener Denver Business Program “let’s paint this town green” Invite to Local Businesses
  2. 2. Denver OED <ul><li>Growing our Own ..ideas,businesses, and future workers. </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Investments ..to have the largest impact to our future economy and communty. </li></ul><ul><li>Asset Building/Wealth Creation ..encouraging the benefits of all residents of Denver. </li></ul>Greener Denver Program is part of OED’s integrated, community economic development strategy aimed at:
  3. 3. Greener Denver Initiative <ul><li>Greening Business ..changing business practices and approaches. </li></ul><ul><li>Green Talent ..skills and training focused on developing this next generation economy workforce. </li></ul><ul><li>Green Marketplace ..engaging the entrepreneurial energy and ideas, as well as attracting and retaining these new economy businesses and enterprises. </li></ul><ul><li>Green Communities ..creating and building communities that incorporate new materials, technologies, and approaches in our homes, public settings, and neighborhoods. </li></ul>Is multi-focused to capitalized on the pivotal role of the green economy in Denver, the metro area, and our state.
  4. 4. Why OED? <ul><li>A few recent Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Require Green Communities certification for affordable housing projects </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted delegation of Spanish renewable energy executives </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsored an full-time employee as a Greenprint Denver Fellow </li></ul><ul><li>Participated in the WIRED Energy Industry Task Force </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsored the 2005-08 CORE Sustainable Opportunities Summit </li></ul><ul><li>Gold Sponsor of the 2007 and 2008 NREL Clean Energy Growth Forum </li></ul>Proactive and foreword looking community economic development. Our strategic approach is to be integrated, inclusive, and work in partnership.
  5. 5. Leading and Connecting… <ul><li>Co-hosting the 2009 Sustainable Opprtunity Summit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.sosummit.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Selected as 1 of 5 cities to participate in the Climate Prosperity Program </li></ul><ul><li>Green Accomplishments and Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Green Rankings and Measures </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot and Prototype for ideas and practice </li></ul>Key element is to be a leading example of the ‘best practice’ and thought for changing the approach and practice for a greener economy.
  6. 6. Greener Denver Business Program What is it? <ul><li>Greener Denver Business Program encourages, measures, and monitors the efficiency and conservation efforts of Denver’s businesses by providing no-cost resources like one-on-one consultation, year-round training courses, industry network opportunities, and performance recognition. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Greener Denver Business Program is a Greenprint Denver initiative administered by the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED).  </li></ul><ul><li>All local companies are invited to participate. </li></ul>
  7. 7. How We Got Here <ul><li>2006 State of the City address, Mayor introduced Greenprint Denver , his economic and environmental action plan </li></ul><ul><li>2007 Denver’s Climate Action Plan to reduce per capita greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>2007 Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program recommends Operation Possible: Greenbiz Denver </li></ul><ul><li>2007 Mayor Hickenlooper asked how we can make the 2008 Denver DNC the greenest convention in the history of the planet. </li></ul><ul><li>2008 almost 400 local service providers attend greening classes in preparation for the DNC </li></ul><ul><li>2008 Over 500 companies registered on the host committee on-line vendor directory for the green designation </li></ul>
  8. 8. GDBP Goals <ul><li>Provide tangible evidence that Denver’s business community contributes to the Climate Action Plan’s corporate challenge goals </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain the momentum of the Greening the DNC Business Task Force as a legacy program </li></ul><ul><li>Engage Denver businesses in a discussion about the economic benefits of efficiency, conservation, and resource recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Create a local demand for green services providers and expand Denver’s green marketplace </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a more comprehensive, affordable greening solution for local companies </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the world-class greening activities already being accomplished by Denver companies. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Benefits of Participation <ul><li>Training curriculum with courses on energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, etc.(administered by CORE) </li></ul><ul><li>Industry peer-to-peer network programs providing opportunities to coordinate efforts with other green-focused business owners </li></ul><ul><li>On-line networking forum for companies to find local resources and engage with other green-minded companies </li></ul><ul><li>Searchable on-line Greener Denver directory listing participating companies </li></ul><ul><li>Greener Denver success stories will be profiled on-line and through the media </li></ul><ul><li>Greener Denver businesses will be recognized and highlighted at events throughout the year </li></ul>
  10. 10. Prepare to Register <ul><li>Gather relevant documents </li></ul><ul><li>Basic company info- contact information, number of employees and square footage of buildings owned and/or leased </li></ul><ul><li>12 months of your electricity and natural gas consumption (Xcel bill, lease invoice, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>12 months of your water consumption (Denver Water bills free @ denverwater.org/consumption) </li></ul><ul><li>Bill from your recycling provider indicating amount diverted </li></ul><ul><li>Survey your local staff to determine the average weekly number of solo miles traveled between home and work </li></ul><ul><li>Energy offset info (Windsource, carbon offset renewable energy system installation </li></ul><ul><li>Names and e-mail addresses of 3 person green team. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Register On-line <ul><li>Register at </li></ul><ul><li>www.GreenerDenverBiz.org </li></ul>
  12. 12. Wogging Through Get all the way through and then add your green team
  13. 13. After You Register <ul><li>An OED staff member will contact Denver-based companies to arrange a time to visit to: </li></ul><ul><li>Explain the program </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss your baselines and help determine opportunities for savings </li></ul><ul><li>Review available local resources to help you become more green </li></ul><ul><li>Go over the Green List of Recommendations created by the EPA and the Greening the DNC Business Task Force </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a list of upcoming Greener Denver trainings and invite you to participate </li></ul>
  14. 14. Expectations <ul><li>Convene with green team and discuss greening opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Set 12-month goals using baselines from other GDBP participants </li></ul><ul><li>Attend Greener Denver 101 and any other relevant courses </li></ul><ul><li>Suggest your green team attend courses </li></ul><ul><li>Join a peer-to-peer industry network, if appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up and participate in the Greener Denver forums within the Engage on-line networking site </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a list of upcoming Greener Denver trainings and invite you to participate </li></ul><ul><li>Attend the 2009 Sustainable Opportunities Summit </li></ul>
  15. 15. Questions <ul><li>Thank You! </li></ul><ul><li>Tim Martinez </li></ul><ul><li>Denver Office of Economic Development </li></ul><ul><li>720-913-1642 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.GreenerDenverBiz.org </li></ul>
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