August 24th is The Green Frontier Fest, showcasing everything from major renewable energy technologies to everyday products and services, aims to create an engaging, educational, and empowering view of greener living. This event is a benefit for the City of Denver Greenprint program.
Date and Times
Sunday, August 24, 2008 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex Intersection of Speer Boulevard and Champa Street in Beautiful Downtown Denver, Colorado
Seattle became on Monday one of the first major American cities to discourage the use of paper and plastic shopping bags by requiring grocery, drug and convenience stores to charge 20 cents per bag. The City Council also banned plastic foam food and drink containers.
The laws go into effect on January 1st. Of course people avoid this fee by bringing in their own bags.
The filmy plastic grocery bags are hard to recycle and are messy. They blow around streets, snag in trees and float in waterways. Some reports say the plastic shreds are eaten by fish and other marine life, and kill them. Plastic bags are made with petroleum products, and usually are used just once, before being thrown away.
Did you know San Francisco has banned plastic bags from checkouts in supermarkets and LA is following in their footsteps?
What is your opinion on banning or charging for plastic bags? Have you cut down your use of them since cloth bags are so inexpensive and readily available?
The Sustainable Living Fair is a solution based, hands-on, family oriented event designed to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about Sustainable Living Practices, Renewable Energy, Environmental & Social Responsibility, Natural Health, Green Building, Alternative Vehicles, Organic Agriculture, Local Economies and more.
Musical entertainment, kid zones, a Zen sand garden and other unique events round out the weekend. Admission is $5 per day; free for kids 12 and under.
Did you know you can drop off your used CFLs (and mercury thermometers) at any Ace Hardware store in the state, and they will recycle them for you! CFLs contain a small amount of mercury and should be recycled properly (and not disposed of with the trash).
The Webb Municipal Building is both Energy Star® and LEED-EB® Gold certified. It was designed to be 25 percent more energy efficient than a conventionally-built building. In 2003, this enabled the city to save $218,000 in energy costs.
The former Mile High Stadium, demolished in 2002 to make way for the construction of Invesco Field, still lives on in the form of steel reused in tracks for the metro area's T-REX light rail expansion.
Six million tons of concrete from the former Stapleton airport were recycled and reused in construction projects at DIA, Buckley Air National Guard Base, E-470, The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, and Bluff Lake Nature Center.
Denver has one of the largest light-emitting diode (LED) traffic light inventories in the country. The technology uses a fraction of the power to produce brighter, longer-lasting lights that are less expensive to operate. This saves the city nearly $800,000 per year.