In 2005, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper committed our city to a plan to improve the environment of Denver and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some highlights of the plan include:
- Reduce Denver per capita greenhouse gas emissions by 10% below 1990 levels by 2011.
- Increase Denver's tree canopy by 6 to 18% by planting thousands of trees each year (in 2010, Greenprint Denver hopes to plant over 87,000 trees).
- Increase Denver's residential recycling by 50% by 2011 and reduce total landfilled household waste by 30% over the 2004 baseline.
- Construct solar and methane power plants.
- Increase the incentives for energy-efficient affordable housing.
- Require that all new city buildings and major renovations by certified under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard and meet the EPA's Energy Star guidelines.
- Replacing light-duty city vehicles with hybrids or the highest-efficiency vehicles available.
- Boost mass transit use.
- Improve the water quality in the South Platte River.
- Position Denver as a regional center for balanced and renewable energy and green industries by creating 10000 neew training and job opportunities in these areas for metro Denver residents by 2011.
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