"Greenprint Denver" -- New Plan for a Sustainable City

In his "State of the City" speech this past Wednesday (July 12), Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper layed out a plan to make his city much more sustainable over the next 20 years. The plan, dubbed "Greenprint Denver," will impact nearly every city department on the way to giving the city what essentially amounts to a green makeover. "Even if there's a 2 percent chance that 95 percent of the world's top climate scientists are right about the dire consequences of global warming, we run the risk of being the first generation in history to leave the next generation a problem for which there is no solution," Hickenlooper said. To that end, the mayor laid out short-term goals of converting city vehicles to hybrid or biodiesel, reducing energy use in city buildings each year, building solar and methane power plants by 2007, and planting a million new trees. Though the plans extend beyond the maximum 12 years he could spend in office (due to term limits), most in the Mile High City praised the mayor's big thinking. "I'm glad he is thinking big like this," City Councilman Charlie Brown said. "That is the future and the future is now." ::Denver Post via ::Hugg

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