Sustainability Action Plan Task Force

Staff: Amanda Miller, Manager of Sustainability Initiatives

Meeting times: Every other week for 15 weeks May-August

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Task Force Objective

Guided by recommendations from the Downtown Area Plan and the Outdoor Downtown Plan to create a green/sustainable downtown, the Sustainability Action Plan Taskforce will explore the Partnership’s role in the sustainability space and develop a Sustainability Action Plan with strategies to incorporate sustainable practices within the Partnership’s operations while building a healthy and economically strong center city. 

Project Timeline 

  • All task force members will be asked to attend 7 scheduled meetings spanning 90 minutes each.
  • Topics may include but are not limited to DDP’s work plan, city-wide goals & policies, buildings, energy, water, adaptation, resiliency, community & environmental justice, transportation/mobility, and waste diversion.
  • After hearing from subject matter experts, the task force will be asked to form subcommittees that will work independently to develop goals and tactics within specific focus categories over a timeframe of 4 weeks.
  • Each subcommittee will report to the task force their findings, goals, & tactics and receive feedback from the group.
  • Taskforce members will be asked to volunteer to help write & edit the report. 5-8 volunteers will be asked to contribute for a timeframe of 4 weeks, for a total commitment of 19 weeks.

Application Requirements 

Required

  • Knowledge of sustainability theories, guidelines, and best practices across industries and sectors 
  • 3+ years of applicable experience in sustainability or a related field, educational or professional  
  • Passionate about making a positive, meaningful impact  
  • Ability to work collaboratively towards a common goal
  • Willingness to contribute to be an inclusive participant and contribute to group discussions 

Preferred

  • Understanding of Denver-specific rules, regulations, and goals surrounding sustainability 
  • Experience in strategic planning  
  • Strong communication, writing, and/or project management skills 
  • Comprehensive understanding of environmental metrics, reporting standards, and sustainability writing and reporting experience 
  • Systems thinker with an ability to understand underlying connections and correlations 
  • Knowledgeable at annual and long-range metrics tracking in areas such as energy data analytics, waste reporting, and greenhouse gas accounting 

Applicable fields/industries

  • Consulting  
  • Architecture/Design/Landscape Architecture 
  • Economic Development 
  • ESG 
  • Environmental Services  
  • Construction/Property Management 
  • Natural Resources/Energy 
  • Finance  
  • Healthcare 

Additional Information 

In order to be actionable, the task force will need a clear understanding of the Partnership as an organization. For example, the Partnership could advocate for energy efficiency policies but has no authority to enact policy changes. The Partnership assists with bridging gaps between the public and private sectors, making it uniquely positioned to advance sustainability goals as a convener, collaborator, and leader in economic development, placemaking, and place management.

Task Force Member Expectations 

Task force members will:  

  • Strive to attend ALL meetings as outlined in this document and provide communication to Downtown Denver Partnership staff for necessary absences. One absence will be excused if communicated in advance. A virtual attendance option will be made available if a task force member communicates to Partnership staff at least 24 hours in advance that they are unable to attend in person. 
  • Prepare for meetings in advance by reading the agenda and any emails, reading materials sent prior to the meeting.  
  • Arrive to meetings on time and stay until the end.  
  • Serve as active discussion participants by listening respectfully to others, contributing to the discussion, and communicating ideas concisely.  
  • Thoroughly complete assigned tasks by agreed upon deadlines.  
  • Commit to the entire term of service as outlined in this document.  

Task Force Member Code of Conduct 

The Downtown Denver Partnership is dedicated to providing an inclusive, respectful, and harassment-free member experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, national origin, political affiliation, veteran status, or branch of military service.   

We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination in any form. Members or participants violating these rules may be sanctioned and/or expelled from the Downtown Denver Partnership at the discretion of staff; they may also be barred from participation in future Downtown Denver Partnership committees, task forces, programs, and events.   

Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of the Downtown Denver Partnership for everyone.    

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to the Downtown Denver Partnership staff.   

The Downtown Denver Partnership is committed to engaging with our community of residents and businesses that fuel the quality of life and define the soul of Denver as we work to forge a center city that is welcoming to everyone, reflecting communities of the past, present, and future.  

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