alliance events

These events are hosted, co-hosted, or sponsored by the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado and help us achieve our mission.

Happy 2016! We already have lots of great momentum & events this year… Join us!

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Sustainability Series: Carbon Markets & Our Energy Future – POSTPONED
Conscious Cocktails (February)
Sustainability Wins Lunch & Learn: “Where the Sidewalk Doesn’t End”
Investing for Impact Part II
LENSES Framework
Conscious Cocktails (March)
Sustainability Wins Lunch & Learn: (Solar) Power to the People!
Truth in Media Event Series: Political TV Ads Tracker with Internet Archive
Don’t HaRM the Earth: A Recycling Education & Collection Event
Sustainability Wins Lunch & Learn: The Zero-Waste Climate Solution
Save the Date! 2016 Heroes of Sustainability Award honoring Amy Goodman
Love This Place: an event series in partnership with Denver Office of Sustainability

Missed an event? Want to relive one? View videos from past events here.


wirth chairSustainability Series:
Our Energy Future, Now!
Carbon Markets, the Carbon Economy &
What it Means to You

(this event was scheduled for Tuesday, February 2 – stay tuned for new date!)
5:30 – 7:30 pm
The Alliance Center

The Sustainability Series is presented by the Wirth Chair for Sustainable Development at the University of Colorado Denver, and the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado.

What carbon markets exist in the world today and how are they set up? How is a carbon market created and regulated? What is a carbon tax and how is it different from a carbon market?

What are the options for a tax or fee on carbon in the United States?

Experts have measured carbon emissions and their impacts on climate change for decades. And a growing number of places worldwide have implemented strategies to offset carbon emissions through an economic market that trades in carbon emissions while capping total allowable emissions. Approximately 30 percent of the world’s economy is now under some form of carbon market, with California, the EU and China leading the charge.

Hunter Lovins, Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions
David Kline, expert energy policy analyst
Katherine Hamilton, environmental policy consultant
Jacob Smith, Programs Director, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado (moderator)

Join us Tuesday, February 2, 2016 to learn more about carbon trading, carbon taxes, the growth in carbon markets and where Colorado and the United States stand in the carbon arena. We will explore the existing carbon markets in the world today, dive into the economics of limiting carbon emissions; juxtapose existing and future strategies, discuss the barriers to entry, pose potential solutions and hear from industry experts for what a United States Carbon Market could look like and how we will get there.

Register here!

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cocktailsConscious Cocktails

Thursday, February 4
5:30 – 7:30 pm
The Alliance Center

Swing by The Alliance Center after work, and unwind over tasty drinks and sustainability-centric chit-chat!

Join us 5:30-7:30 for Conscious Cocktails, where you can grow your network, sip delicious mixed drinks and enjoy our beautiful space.

We hold Conscious Cocktails every month – check back for next month’s date!

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Walk DenverSustainability Wins Lunch & Learn: “Where the Sidewalk Doesn’t End”

Thursday, February 11
12 – 1 pm
The Alliance Center

Shel Silverstein’s poem “Where the Sidewalk Ends” evokes some of the reasons people enjoy walking: moving at 3 miles per hour is a great way to relax and connect with the people and places around you. Walking and walkable neighborhoods offer a wide range of benefits for public health, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity. Yet a lack of sidewalks and other basic pedestrian infrastructure means that walking in many neighborhoods is unpleasant, inconvenient, or downright challenging. Please join us on February 11th from 12-1pm when we will hear from WalkDenver’s Jill Locantore and Denver Public Works’ Riley LaMie about pedestrian projects and initiatives that will help transform Denver and Colorado into the vision that Shel Silverstein wrote about.

Lunch provided by Serendipity Catering. Beverage service provided by Marley Coffee.

Register here!

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

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Investing for Impact Part II:
investingAligning Local Capital to Build Community Wealth
from Impact Hub, Veris Wealth Partners & PAX World Investments

Thursday, February 11
6 – 8 pm
The Alliance Center

Community wealth building is a fast-growing economic development movement that strengthens our communities through broader democratic ownership and control of business and jobs. It builds on local talents, capacities and institutions, rebuilding capital to strengthen and create locally-owned family and community owned businesses that are anchored in place, that aren’t moving.

The community wealth building field includes a broad range of models and innovations that have been steadily growing in power over the past 30 years or more: cooperatives, employee-owned companies, social enterprise, land trusts, family businesses, community development financial institutions and banks, and more. Intended for individuals, foundations, family offices and advisors, this event offers the opportunity to hear from both national and local leaders and learn about opportunities to align capital to build wealth among communities across Colorado.

Confirmed Speakers:
Keynote Speaker Ted Howard, Co-Founder & President, The Democracy Collaborative
Ceyl Prinster, President/CEO Colorado Enterprise Fund
Dr. Stephanie Gripne, Impact Finance Center/Colorado Impact Initiative

Register here!

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Monday, February 22
5:30 – 7:30 pm
The Alliance Center 


This workshop is hosted by The Institute for the Built Environment, USGBC Colorado and Alliance for Sustainable Colorado.

Leaders in green building design and construction and in sustainable development are looking to push beyond current practices, and expand their scope into the realm of what is known as “regenerative design” and “living” built environments. There are those who see this as a shift away from a “less bad” approach to the built environment, and toward a wholly positive, benefit-creation approach — or, regeneration.

At the leading edge of this transition is LENSES, or Living Environments in Natural, Social, and Economic Systems. LENSES is an open source framework that guides project teams and communities toward regenerative solutions to their development needs. The LENSES approach has already sparked “way-outside-the-box” discussions and innovations in leadership retreats, community workshops and college courses. The outcome? Living environments that foster and celebrate happier people, a healthier planet and financial comfort.

Join us, and learn from the creators of LENSES, and see how you can utilize this framework to affect positive change in the sustainable development space – including achieving LEED Platinum or Living Building Challenge certifications, and other high performance goals.

Note: This event will qualify as 1.5 GBCI credits; make sure to sign in at the door to ensure you receive it!

5:30 – 6:00 pm Networking
6:00 – 6:45 pm LENSES Presentation
6:45 – 7:15 pm Workshop Exercises
7:15 – 7:30 pm Wrap up and Q&A

Register here!

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solarConscious Cocktails

Thursday, March 3
5:30 – 7:30 pm
The Alliance Center

Swing by The Alliance Center after work, and unwind over tasty drinks and sustainability-centric chit-chat!

Join us 5:30-7:30 for Conscious Cocktails, where you can grow your network, sip delicious mixed drinks and enjoy
our beautiful space.

We hold Conscious Cocktails every month – check back for next month’s date!

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solarSustainability Wins Lunch & Learn: (Solar) Power to the People!

Thursday, March 10
12 – 1 pm
The Alliance Center

This workshop is hosted by The Institute for the Built Environment, USGBC Colorado and Alliance for Sustainable Colorado.

March 2016 Sustainability Wins Lunch and Learn: (Solar) Power to the People

Renewable energy is more accessible than ever. One key reason: the cost of renewables is decreasing. Still, that doesn’t mean that everyone can access renewable energy. To take one concrete example, even with solar panels at record low prices, they still aren’t affordable for middle-class and lower income Americans.

Enter the National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP). The NCSP came into being July 2015, part of President Obama’s commitment “to expand solar access to all Americans, with specific emphasis on serving low and moderate income households.”

Please join us, and hear from GRID Alternatives – a Denver nonprofit that helps bring renewable energy technology and training to underserved communities – and the National Renewable Energy Lab – the federal laboratory advancing renewable energy technology and systems, right in Golden about their work with the NCSP here in Colorado.

Lunch provided by Serendipity Catering. Beverage service by Marley Coffee.

Register here!

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Truth In MediaTruth in Media: Event Series at The Alliance Center

Introducing the Political TV Ad Tracker from Internet Archive:
Decoding Political Ads in an Election Year

Wednesday, March 23
5:30 – 7:30 pm
The Alliance Center

Join us to learn about a new tool developed by Internet Archive to patrol televised political ads during elections. The new tool tracks the frequency with which ads are aired, the geographic markets and TV stations on which they’re aired, and information on what bodies are behind the scenes funding and designing the ads, helping us to better understand where certain campaign messages are truly coming from – and where they’re aimed. We will learn how to use the Political TV Ad tool directly from its creators, and also hear from leading experts on what the tool does can do to boost our access to truthful information, critical during an election year.

Nancy Watzman, Project Lead, Internet Archive
Burt Hubbard, journalism instructor at CU-Boulder, editorial director at i-News Network at Rocky Mountain PBS
Denis Moynihan (Moderator), author, founder of KFFR 88.3 FM, Democracy Now! co-founder

Registration information coming soon!

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recycle earthDon’t HaRM the Earth!
A Recycling Education & Collection Event

Thursday, April 7
11 am – 7 pm
The Alliance Center

Hard to reuse and hard to recycle items are extremely difficult to avoid, even for those of us who endeavor to live as sustainably and environmentally conscious as possible. If you’re like some of us here at the Alliance, you store your hard-to-recycle materials (HaRM) to avoid putting them in the landfill, and wait for ways to recycle them to become available.

This April 7 from 11 am to 7 pm, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is teaming up with Snooze Eatery, Davita, the Colorado Association for Recycling, Denver Public Works and Certifiably Green Denver to bring you an event that will both raise awareness around hard-to-recycle materials options in Denver, and to provide a drop-off location for your hard-to-recycle materials. Local collection services will be on-hand to take your hard-to -reuse and hard-to-recycle items off your hands, and to share their advice, tips and life-hacks on how to make even more sustainable choices throughout the year.

Registration info coming soon!

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eco-cycleSustainability Wins Lunch & Learn: The Zero-Waste Climate Solution

Thursday, April 14
12 -1 pm
The Alliance Center

When we think about climate change, we usually focus on smokestacks and power plants as the main greenhouse gas sources. But there is a third and equally important source: Our trash cans and all the stuff we buy that ends up in landfills. According to the EPA, 42 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions come from the production, shipment, consumption and disposal of goods and food. That’s almost half the problem.

The good news is that Zero Waste — reducing, reusing, recycling and composting — is the most cost-effective and quickest climate solution for local communities to implement. What we do with our stuff every day has a big impact on the climate. It’s as easy as putting an aluminum can in a recycle bin instead of sending it to the landfill. Yet Colorado is way behind the curve. Our statewide recycling rate is only 11% and composting is nearly zero. Please join us for this Lunch & Learn event, where Randy Moorman, Eco-Cycle’s Community Campaigns Director, will lead an enlightening discussion on how the State of Colorado and Denver can become leaders in Zero Waste and reduce our climate impact.

Catered lunch (free!) provided by Serendipity, with beverage service by Marley Coffee.

Register here!

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Heroes2016 Heroes of Sustainability

We’re excited to announce our 2016 Heroes of Sustainability award event!

This is our biggest event of the year, and this year is sure to be our best yet.

In 2016 our theme is Truth in Media, and we’re honoring Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, as our sustainability hero. Throughout her career, Goodman has worked tirelessly to provide unbiased, independent media coverage of critical issues, and the impacts on sustainability in particular and our media landscape in general are vast and impossible to fully capture.

Reserve your seat here.

The Heroes of Sustainability Awards ceremony on April 20, 2016 is a marquee event, with attendees including a who’s-who of elected officials, corporate executives, community leaders and philanthropists. We anticipate more than 500 people will join us this year, and we look forward to having you with us as well at this year’s Heroes!

And please stay tuned here on our Events Page and on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more updates, including information on the series of events on either side of the Heroes of Sustainability gathering – part of our year-long 2016 Truth in Media project.

RSVP here!

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Love This PlaceLove This Place:
An Event Series in Partnership with the Denver Office of Sustainability

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We here at the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado make sustainability a reality across Colorado by bringing together thought leaders, hosting educational programs, and supporting the organizations leading statewide sustainability initiatives. The Office of Sustainability leads efforts by the City and County of Denver to secure our economy and enhance our quality of life by ensuring that basic resources are available and affordable for all Denver residents, now and in the future. Denver is a special place. Both of these organizations LOVE Denver and want to further engage the public to LOVE THIS PLACE.

In collaboration with Denver’s Office of Sustainability, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is hosting a series of events that will connect government agencies, local sustainability leaders and members of the public around Denver’s 2020 Sustainability Goals. Local heads of office will start each event with a “State of the City” discussion, focusing on the topic of each event. They will review the related 2020 Sustainability Goal and share more about what the city is working on to achieve the goal. Local organizations working in each resource area will then take turns sharing the work they are doing, and sharing ways for the community to get involved with their projects and implement solutions on their own.

Each program will conclude with an open networking session – think, professional speed dating – to build connections and collaboration.

Each event will be immediately followed by Conscious Cocktails, a monthly happy hour that brings yet more opportunities to collaborate and innovate, in a relaxed setting.

Each event will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, the first Thursday of the month.
The schedule is as follows:

May 5:
Energy – Where do we get it from and what are my options?

June 2:
Mobility – How do Denver Residence get around and what are other options?

July 7:
Water Quantity – Behind the Scenes of Denver Water Usage and Possible Solutions

August 4:
Materials – From Cradle to Grave, How Our Waste Steam is Managed and How You can be a Part of the Solution

September 1:
Water Quality – From Alpine Snow Pack to your Faucet

October 6:
Mobility – Denver’s Population is Booming-What to do with all this Traffic

November 3:
Materials – With Holidays Around the Corner, How do you Reduce your Waste?

December 1:
Energy Efficiency – How to Use Less, Increase Efficiency and Save Money
At all events, beverage service is provided by Marley Coffee.

Registration information to soon follow – watch this space!


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