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.