There is a new district in downtown Denver: the 2030 District. In metropolitan cities all across the United States, 2030 Districts are forming in response to challenges and targets issued by Architecture 2030, a nonprofit organization that seeks to transform urban environments from a problem to a solution when it comes to today’s climate and energy crises. The central goals of 2030 Districts, which involve both new construction and existing buildings, are to decrease energy and water consumption and reduce transportation-related carbon dioxide emissions.
Supported by the Downtown Denver Partnership and other civic organizations and individuals, the Denver 2030 District is a collaborative community of high-performance buildings in the city’s downtown area. The District aims not only to achieve the important environmental targets set by Architecture 2030, but also to increase the profitability of businesses and properties, raise returns on investment for owners, and improve the health and well-being of residents of the district.
Ultimately, the goal of the District’s team is to see the city center transformed into a nationally recognized working model of a financially viable, sustainable, multi-sector community as well as a desirable location for major companies’ regional and corporate offices. At present, the District encompasses 32 members, who collectively represent more than 11 million square feet of commercial space in the downtown area.