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DJ Cardi, Sustainability Park project leader,
said, “We don’t see the park being in silos. It’s not
going to be a renewable energy ‘section.’ We’re
taking a holistic approach to developing sustain-
able and vibrant urban communities.”
With a national launch of request for Letters
of Interest in the works, CRES is inviting rotating
technologies and programs for the park as new
ideas, like small wind and biomass, are proposed.
The team can’t imagine a time when it will feel the
park is completed.
“A big part of the success is that it doesn’t end
with the park,” said Frank. “What we do allows
different kinds of technologies to be implemented
throughout Denver and perhaps throughout the
nation in urban environments.”
15 Years of CRES
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of CRES’s history
In addition to serving as an experimental testbed,
each park demonstration will have complementary
community-engaging programs. Educational programs will be geared to groups such as Denver
Public Schools, community colleges with workforce development programs and nonprofits with
outreach and job training missions.
The project is quite different than the public
meetings and yearly conferences CRES has traditionally done, according to Frank. “Here we have
an ongoing project in the middle of a metro area
that that can touch and teach thousands of people,” said Frank. “This is an incredible opportunity
to gain traction.”
Connecting the Community
CRES invited utilities, city planners, architects
and community members into the initial planning process through a design charette. Frank and
Cardi anticipate even more possibilities for the
park from the connections they are forging.
“Collaboration is at the core of this. Given the
holistic nature of [the park] and the fact that we’re
trying to engage so many different stakeholders,
it’s not something that can be done alone,” said
Cardi. “It requires engaging the community, and
through that you build partnerships and bonds.”