alliance events

These events are hosted, co-hosted, or sponsored by the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado and assist us with turning our mission into reality.

We have a number of events scheduled for the Fall!

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Lunch & Learn: Sustainable Neighborhoods
The Road to COP21 with Randy Hayes
Sustainable Agriculture in Denver
Save the Date: Lunch with Gil Friend
WELL Building Certification Workshop

Lunch & LearnSustainability Wins Lunch & Learn: Cultivating Community Through Sustainability

October 8
12PM – 1
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver

Sustainable neighborhoods are popping up all over Colorado. So just what is a sustainable neighborhood, and how can your neighborhood become one?

At the October Lunch and Learn, Taylor Moellers, Sustainable Neighborhoods Program Coordinator for the City and County of Denver, will talk about the new program, the communities involved, and the lessons learned from its launch. Cassie Wright, Project Manager for Urban Ventures LLC, will discuss how the Sustainable Neighborhoods program has provided a platform for community engagement by empowering residents of the Chaffee Park-Regis neighborhood, newly-developing Aria Denver, Regis University and several nonprofits to work together on other initiatives, including the Cultivate Health project.

The Sustainable Neighborhoods Program encourages and supports residents in designing and leading community projects that enhance the environmental and social strength of their neighborhoods. Participating communities earn credits towards a City Sustainable Neighborhood designation by completing projects such as offering xeriscaping workshops, holding work days at a local community garden, installing artwork in neighborhood alleys, or getting neighbors to commit to making their homes more energy efficient. These neighborhoods receive in-kind support from the City of Denver in the form of outreach materials, printing, venue fees, food and staff time to assist with outreach and project development. So come learn how we can make every neighborhood a sustainable one!

Beverage service provided by Marley Coffee, with lunch provided by Serendipity Catering.

Register here!

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Randy HayesThe Road to Paris with Environmental Activist Randy Hayes

October 8
6:30 – 8:30
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver

Networking 6:30-7pm

Please join us for an evening with Randy Hayes as we explore the history of The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change!

Hayes will review the past 20 sessions of The Conference of the Parties (COP), leading up to COP21 in Paris later this year. He’ll recount major victories and upsets through all past 20 COPs, many from his personal perspective as a participant in these conferences. The second part of the evening will hone in on Paris: what to expect, what major negotiations are planned, and who will represent Colorado in Paris. We anticipate that several of the Colorado Delegations will be in attendance to share their mission for COP21 – watch this space.

Hayes, described as an “environmental pit bull” by The Wall Street Journal, founded Rainforest Action Network. He directs Foundation Earth, a new think-tank developing the big picture of a human order with economic models for long-term sustainability — embracing the web of life and the biosphere’s life support systems.

Beverage service by Marley CoffeeRegister here.

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Conscious CapitalismSustainable Agriculture: From Farm to Table, to Higher Purpose

October 27
6 – 8
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver

The Alliance Center is pleased to partner with the Colorado Chapter of Conscious Capitalism in hosting this panel event!

Tre Cates


Colorado already demonstrates leadership in Sustainable Agriculture. It’s time to share the best practices that we can all endorse and adapt — from food production and distribution, to retail and service – whether we’re attending as consumers or savvy businesses looking to improve our multiple bottom lines. In this inspiring panel discussion, four Colorado leaders use the Conscious Capitalism lens to share how their organizations implement business practices that elevate the quality of life for all stakeholders. You’ll hear from:

Hunter Lovins

– Blake Angelo, Manager of Food System Development, Office of Economic Development, City and County of Denver (moderator)
– John-Paul Maxfield, Founder and CEO, Waste Farmers
– Hunter Lovins, Founder and President, Natural Capitalism Solutions
– Seleyn DeYarus, CEO, Best Organics, Inc.
– Tre’ Cates, COO, CFO, Savory Institute

Look at your plate and consider the old adage: You are what you eat. Let’s take it a step further: food is at the heart of sustainability. It’s connected to all environmental issues from energy and transportation, to water and land use, to chemical pollution and social justice. Now look at your plate again and consider this: What you put on your plate is a powerful social and political expression.
John-Paul Maxfield

The business practices used in every stage of bringing food from farm to table make all the difference. Conscious Capitalism is a business framework that emphasizes four pillars for a new business-as-usual that places at its core the goal of elevating humanity. Businesses that work to achieve a higher purpose; create value all of their stakeholders, including the environment and the communities they call home; proactively create a corporate culture that is consistent with human thriving; and emphasize the importance of conscious leadership greatly outperform their peers on financial terms and much more. Seleyn DeYarus

Colorado’s population is booming, the state’s foodie culture grows by the day, and, in our arid climate, the impact of agriculture is undeniably vast. The food industry is changing: food production can serve not just our survival needs, and not just a profit motive. In Colorado many companies and individuals are leading the conscious evolution of this industry by seeking a purpose beyond profit- a purpose that increases quality of life for all living things. These leaders are demonstrating the pillars of Conscious Capitalism.

Beverage service by Marley CoffeeRegister here to explore your appetite for sustainable ag in our state!

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Gil FriendLunch with Gil Friend: Save the Date!

November 2
(lunch – time TBA)

The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver

Please save the date and join us November 2nd for a lunch time event with Gil Friend. More details will be posted in the coming weeks!

Gil Friend is founder, chair, and until December 2013 CEO of Natural Logic Inc, helping companies design, implement and measure profitable sustainability strategies. He is widely considered one of the founders of the sustainability movement, and was named an inaugural member of the Sustainability Hall of Fame (along with Ray Anderson, Amory Lovins, Karl-Henrik Robert and Bob Willard) by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, acknowledging “those people that have contributed the most to the emerging field of sustainability,” and “one of the 10 most influential sustainability voices in America” by The Guardian.

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Well Building Workshop

November 5
1PM – 4PM

The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver

Design Teams, Owners, Builders, and Facilities Managers are being challenged to provide a better workplace for employees not only as a recruiting tool and to keep employees, but also to provide a built environment that promotes improved health and well being. The WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is the first of its kind to take a human-centered approach by focusing on environmental conditions within buildings where the typical American spends 90% of their time. By placing people at the heart of design, construction, operations and development decisions, teams can help to improve human health and wellbeing and reduce the health care costs associated with chronic diseases. Using WELL can generate a meaningful return on investment for the building company/owner in terms of increased productivity, added value to real estate assets, employee long term retention and health care cost savings for both employees and tenants.

Takeaways include:
– An overview of the WELL Building Standard® including history, process, and fees
– Discussion of how building owners, architects, engineers, interior designers, and facility managers use WELL to improve employee health and wellbeing
– Concepts that can be applied to building strategies with case studies

WELL is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness. It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research – harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and wellbeing. WELL is administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), a public benefit corporation created to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment. IWBI offers WELL Building Certification in collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) which also administers the USGBC’s LEED program. Learn more here!

Register here!

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