Denver Leading the Way towards Sustainable Communities

The cities of Denver and Arvada, Colo. are leading the way towards sustainable communities in America.

North Lincoln Park Homes

The cities of Denver and Arvada, Colo. are leading the way towards sustainable communities in America. The two cities will be recognized for their energy-saving efforts by the Energy Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

According to a news release, the cities of Denver and Arvada have cut energy waste across 10 million square feet of commercial, municipal and affordable housing facilities, as part of their involvement in the Better Buildings Challenge.

“Better Buildings Challenge partners in Denver and Arvada are demonstrating that reducing a building’s energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions helps to save money by saving energy while also protecting the environment,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in the news release. “The strategies and practices utilized by these partners can be replicated across the U.S. to cut energy waste and create more sustainable communities.”

At North Lincoln Homes, the Denver Housing Authority’s Better Buildings Challenge showcase project, 665 single-family homes have been fitted with solar PV systems. The affordable housing community incorporates 57,000 square feet of space, generating its own solar energy through a power purchase agreement (PPA). Other showcase projects part of the Better Buildings Challenge include Denver’s Department of Human Services Castro Building and Arvada’s Police Department’s West Woods Community Station.

The Better Buildings Challenge is a crucial part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, aimed at doubling the U.S.’s energy productivity by 2030. The City of Denver has been a partner in the initiative since 2011, and has managed to cut energy waste by 9 percent across 7 million square feet of space.

Image courtesy of the Denver Housing Authority (DHA)