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Green push earns Denver a glitzy honor

Our town wins global kudos as a sustainable city — and Denver Water is proud to be doing its part.
Crews from Namaste Solar install solar power panels on the roof of the new Administration Building at Denver Water's operations complex near downtown. Photo credit: Denver Water.


Denver’s steady push toward sustainability, via increasing its bike lanes, expanding the use of renewable electricity and encouraging “green roofs,” got a big shoutout from a prestigious source recently.

National Geographic included Denver in list a of “Eight sustainable destinations for 2021 and beyond,” featuring the Mile High City alongside an eclectic international mix of locations ranging from Helsinki (Finland) to Alonissos (Greece), New Caledonia (900 miles off Australia’s east coast) and the country of Gabon in Africa.

That’s some exotic company for our former cow town.

But we here at TAP aren’t surprised.

Denver Water and the city it serves emulate one another when it comes to green practices, and as our regular readers may know, we have a lot we’d highlight as well. Just as our partners at City Hall work to cut carbon, plug into cleaner energy and conserve resources, Denver Water is devoted to doing the same.

Want to know more? Of course you do. And here’s quick way to get up to speed on how your local water utility is sustainably serving 1.5 million people in the Denver region.

Denver Water’s system has seven hydroelectric plants, including one at Williams Fork Dam (above). The plants produced more than 71 million kilowatt hours of energy in 2017, more than enough to meet the power demands of all of Denver Water’s facilities, from pump stations to treatment plants. Photo credit: Denver Water.


Learn about Denver Water’s ultragreen new administration building, how the utility recycled its old one, the work it does to increase energy efficiency, cut lighting costs, its new emphasis on solar power and ongoing efforts to recycle waste, including electronic waste.

Catch up on our continuing efforts to increase our capacity for hydropower, our bold steps to cut water use, both in our new headquarters and through efforts in homes, and our dedication to addressing climate change.

Denver Water has a proud history of green habits and has incorporated this approach into its daily activities.

Watching our city get this kind of attention is something to celebrate as we kick off 2021.