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Congress Park - Denver, CO
The Congress Park neighborhood joined the Sustainable Neighborhoods program in August 2016. The neighborhood includes the area bounded by Josephine to the west, Colorado Blvd to the east, Colfax Ave to the north, and 6th Avenue to the south.
Congress Park's credit year runs August to August.
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Congress Park Initiatives
The CPNGT has several projects "in the works" and is always looking for additional team members to get involved. For more information on these projects or (better yet) to get involved, please feel free to contact the person listed or email Sustainability@congressparkneighbors.org
The Clean Neighborhood group would like to help community members better understand waste stream issues and the importance of recycling. They scheduled a workshop featuring an expert speaker on recycling, as well as creating an online resource page for the neighborhood and beyond. Contact Yvonne Salfinger firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Sustainable Landscapes team initially is focusing on the use of personal rain barrels. They are organizing a hands-on workshop on water conservation measures and making your own rain barrel and eventually are setting goals for water inventorying and conservation. Contact Sustainability@congressparkneighbors.org
Discover Solar Workshops
As Part of an online workshop series, Congress Park sustainable neighbor Dr. Larry Grimm has interviewed professionals from three solar providers and walks through the process of becoming a client of a community Solar Garden selling electricity to Xcel Energy Company. These recordings are available HERE for anyone interested in learning more about the process and also costs from these companies in the area.
A quarterly exploration through readings, film and speakers covering sustainability issues are organized by the Green Team and Community Building groups. Topics include regional water issues, alternative energy, plastics, and urban gardening. Seed Circles include film screening of “The Great Divide” and discussion on water; The Problem with Plastics; and alternative energy options.
Neighborhood/Alley Cleanup Program - Organize Your Own!
Learn how to organize a successful Alley Cleanup on your own block or lend a hand with another neighbor's effort. Works also with the Leaf Drop during the Fall time. Contact Becky Coughlin at email@example.com for more information.
In the fall, volunteers supported our neighborhood efforts to maximize participation in the Denver Leaf Drop 2016. Volunteers made leaf drop runs at their convenience, and other volunteered to be a neighborhood drop of location, and diverted over 200 bags of leaves from the landfill.
Earth Day Celebration
Congress Park 2017 Earth Day celebration was held on Saturday, April 22 with a theme of “Think Globally, Act Locally!” See the graphic below for statistics of the event. More information can be found here.
Certifiably Green Businesses in Congress Park
Learn how to help your favorite Congress Park business "Go Green!" through the City's "Certifiably Green Denver" program for business. Contact Liz Goehring at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Green Team Historic Home Energy Efficiency
Historic homes are part of the charm of Congress Park. But older homes can face some unique hurdles to achieving comfort and energy efficiency. If you missed our energy Home Energy Workshop or just want to review it, see the slide show posted on our website.
Green Team Field Trips
The Green Team organizes field trips, including one to EarthLinks and plans to visit the Denver landfill, and a recycling plant in the future.
Support for Sewall Child Development Center garden grant project (awarded 2017)
Sewall Child Development Center was recently selected to receive a $75K grant from the Colorado Garden Foundation. The grant will be used to develop a sensory garden for use by Sewall's student and staff community, as well as the Congress Park Neighborhood. The project was conceived as a partnership between Sewall and CU Denver Landscape Architecture student, Catharine McCord. The Congress Park Neighbors Green Team is supporting the project with a commitment to organize up to $75K of in-kind donations of professional services, volunteer hours, and materials (if you will be dividing plants this year, please keep this project in mind!). A big hand to Sewall Child Development Center and the Green Team for committing to make this exciting community project happen!
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