DENVER NEEDS TO BE A LEADER IN COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE
Denver government should and needs to be a leader in preserving our environment and this planet – the only one we have. As we make this necessary and inevitable transition, we must not leave anyone behind. Responding to climate change requires that we also take advantage of the new opportunities. A fair and equitable transition for those currently working in the fossil fuel industries is necessary and good business. The working men and women in the industry now have a unique skill set and are ideal to be retrained to work in the new energy economy. Moreover, previously under-served communities have scores of people underemployed or unemployed who can and should be trained to work in these coming jobs.
Today I announce a bold plan for Denver:
- All city buildings will be 100% powered by renewable energy by 2024.
- All electric vehicle city fleets by 2024
- Carbon neutral by 2030
- Develop a more aggressive city climate plan.
- The entire City powered by wind and solar by 2030
- All new commercial buildings to emit zero energy by 2028
- Reducing the energy use of commercial buildings by 80% by 2030.
- Requiring every contractor to have plans that reduce their carbon footprint and increase their usage of renewable energy.
- My plan will not offer a date many years in the future while nothing is done today. My plan will be transparent with clear annual goals and targets. These will be tracked monthly on the City’s website so everyone can see that progress is being made and where more work needs to be done.
- However, we cannot address the issue of renewable energy without addressing transportation.
- Cars idling in blocked intersections in the middle of bumper to bumper traffic can no longer be accepted. Therefore my climate plan will include:
- Incentives to take mass transit and bicycles to work.
- Encouraging entrepreneurs to offer innovative transit ideas.
- Giving incentives at DIA and other municipal buildings to taxis and ride sharing options that use Electric vehicles (In Amsterdam electric vehicles get to cut the cab queues).
- Build more parks and open space – we haven’t built a major park in 10 years.
- Developing non-RTD shuttle options to better serve Denver businesses and communities.