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Denver 2019 GDS-Index Report
2019 Performance Overview
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Performance Highlights
Summary
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VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau was the first convention and visitor’s bureau to achieve the ASTM/APEX Level Two certification for a sustainable meeting destination. The criteria within the certification includes a prioritization to sustainable procurement, assisting planners with options for donations and volunteer opportunities, and working with partner organizations to assist in their sustainability journey. In 2019, VISIT DENVER was proud to have been certified to the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program at the Gold Level. This program focuses on the tracking of company metrics and implementing a sustainability plan for the organization. The City and County of Denver is also committed to demonstrating their sustainability performance through certifications. The City agencies have been certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System since 2009. In spring 2019, the City achieved LEED for Cities Platinum level.
VISIT DENVER has all of the tools, a sustainable convention center, eco-friendly transportation and other resources to assist meeting planners in implementing green practices through reducing, reusing, recycling and giving back. Additionally, the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) in downtown Denver is the premier green meeting space for a sustainable meeting. With a dedicated Sustainable Programs Manager, a robust sustainability program and a 300,000 kilowatt solar array, the LEED Gold Certified Existing Building is the premier sustainable conference center and ideal location for a green meeting or convention. The (CCC) is now the largest existing building in the region to attain LEED Gold within the Existing Building Operation and Maintenance (EBOM) criteria through recertification. Since 2015, the CCC has been recognized by the CDPHE Environmental Gold Leader program by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The on-site Blue Bear Farm grows 5,000 pounds annually of fruits, vegetable and herbs.
Many of Denver’s businesses are committed to giving back to the community. From restaurants that donate regularly to local children’s charities to animal rescues focused on saving wildlife populations, Denver’s organizations try to make the world better. Groups coming to The Mile High City have an opportunity to do the same. VISIT DENVER’s voluntourism program connects visitors and meeting attendees with local food banks, environmental causes, blood donation events and more.
Summary
Does Visit Denver have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Denver have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Visit Denver report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau was the first convention and visitor’s bureau to achieve the ASTM/APEX Level Two certification for a sustainable meeting destination. The criteria within the certification includes a prioritization to sustainable procurement, assisting planners with options for donations and volunteer opportunities, and working with partner organizations to assist in their sustainability journey. In 2019, VISIT DENVER was proud to have been certified to the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program at the Gold Level. This program focuses on the tracking of company metrics and implementing a sustainability plan for the organization. The City and County of Denver is also committed to demonstrating their sustainability performance through certifications. The City agencies have been certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System since 2009. In spring 2019, the City achieved LEED for Cities Platinum level.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
376.35 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
VISIT DENVER has all of the tools, a sustainable convention center, eco-friendly transportation and other resources to assist meeting planners in implementing green practices through reducing, reusing, recycling and giving back. Additionally, the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) in downtown Denver is the premier green meeting space for a sustainable meeting. With a dedicated Sustainable Programs Manager, a robust sustainability program and a 300,000 kilowatt solar array, the LEED Gold Certified Existing Building is the premier sustainable conference center and ideal location for a green meeting or convention. The (CCC) is now the largest existing building in the region to attain LEED Gold within the Existing Building Operation and Maintenance (EBOM) criteria through recertification. Since 2015, the CCC has been recognized by the CDPHE Environmental Gold Leader program by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The on-site Blue Bear Farm grows 5,000 pounds annually of fruits, vegetable and herbs.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
Many of Denver’s businesses are committed to giving back to the community. From restaurants that donate regularly to local children’s charities to animal rescues focused on saving wildlife populations, Denver’s organizations try to make the world better. Groups coming to The Mile High City have an opportunity to do the same. VISIT DENVER’s voluntourism program connects visitors and meeting attendees with local food banks, environmental causes, blood donation events and more.
75
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
84
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
71
SCORE ON CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX
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About the Global Destination Sustainability Movement

The Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDSM) brings together the sustainability pioneers of the business and leisure tourism world, working with destinations to co-create their tourism and events strategies, benchmark and improve their sustainability performance and transform value chains in order to catalyse regeneration.

Our purpose is to engage, inspire and enable the business events and tourism industry to become more sustainable and regenerative.

 

Our Methodology

The GDS-Index uses 69 indicators that evaluate destinations sustainability performance across four key areas. If you are interested, you can read our benchmarking methodology in detail here.

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Sustainability Strategy

Energy and Emissions

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Air Quality

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Water

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Corruption

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Access to Information

Health and Wellness

Inclusiveness

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Restaurants

Venues

Academia

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Management
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Destination Strategy

Policy and Certification

Governance

Capacity Building

Measurement and Reports

Marketing and Comms

Client Support

Accessibility

Generating Impact

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The GDS­M is not owned by any one organisation. It is operated as a multi-­stakeholder partnership founded and endorsed by IMEX, MCI, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and European Cities Marketing. Gubi Consulting and Guy Bigwood is responsible for the management of the Secretariat.

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