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ASES Chapter Plans Denver Sustainability Park
For the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, the future of solar
is about connections and collaboration.
Sustainable highlights of the
Denver Sustainability Park
include three urban farms, LED
street lights, solar-powered
pedestrian lights and a bike
share station. A rooftop solar
array, an electric vehicle-charg-ing station and other renewable
technologies will be constructed
in early 2012.
After 15 years as an event-driven ASES chapter, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) has spent the past year plan- ning something completely different: bringing “the future of
renewable energy” to a 2.7-acre block in downtown Denver. The Denver
Sustainability Park will display healthy practices and technologies to thousands, including attendees of the World Renewable Energy Forum 2012
Denver Housing Authority (DHA), which is taking steps to develop
stronger communities through environmental health and pedestrian-friendly and stable energy measures, began consulting with CRES in 2010
about a new vision for Curtis Park. DHA wanted to develop a testbed for
sustainable design with five core areas: renewable energy, green building,
urban agriculture and smart water use, transportation, community outreach and education.
A key partner since March, CRES will spend the next few months
installing solar and other renewable energy technologies at the park. In
its quest to find, test and demonstrate new technologies and obtain data
that proves a technology’s financial viability, CRES hopes to give DHA
and others the confidence to implement renewable energy into new and
Already, the park has solar-powered pedestrian lights and LED street
lights. Three urban farms, each with its own educational model, began producing with the summer season. CRES raised money at a gala to integrate
solar and green roofs atop buildings that the farms use in the park.
In an effort to raise awareness for the park, CRES Executive Director
Tony Frank is running through each of the 79 Denver neighborhoods
around the park. As of press time, Frank had raised $30,000 with 46
neighborhood runs. ➢
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