By Jerry Brown
The Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) is requesting letters of interest from organizations interested in developing projects or programs for a “sustainability park” to be built near downtown Denver. The letters are due by December 14.
CRES and the Denver Housing Authority are partnering to develop Denver Sustainability Park on a 2.7-acre site at 2500 Lawrence Street, five blocks west of Coors Field.
The park “is a first-of-its-kind demonstration and testing site for a full spectrum of sustainable technologies and strategies,” CRES said. It also will include an outdoor commons area serving as an open-air classroom and venue for community and cultural events.
“Denver’s Sustainability Park will be a place to showcase and demonstrate established and emerging earth-friendly strategies,” CRES added. “It will serve as a hands-on learning laboratory for students, developers, green industry professionals, municipal leaders and the public at large.”
CRES said proposed projects or programs should include at least one of five elements: renewable energy, green building, urban agriculture and sustainable site development, community outreach and education, or transportation. The proposals can include established technologies or “emerging or nontraditional ideas.”
The proposals will be evaluated by a committee of renewable energy and green-building experts, design professionals, community stakeholders and representatives from CRES and the Denver Housing Authority.
The letters of interest should include a brief description of the project or program, space requirements including any special siting requirements and an explanation of how it will enrich the sustainability park’s mission of “advancing a holistic model for developing health sustainable communities,” CRES said.
CRES said it “understands that all information submitted may not be 100% firm and accurate. At this stage, specifications or other information regarding your proposal are not meant to be binding contractual commitments.”
CRES said it expects visitors to the sustainability park to number “in the tens of thousands” annually. “With strategic involvement in events like the World Renewable Energy Forum coming to Denver in May 2012, and the Annual Green Route Festival, the park and its supporting partners and exhibitors will get local, national and international exposure,” CRES said.
Letters of interest and questions should be submitted to DJ Cardi, program manager, Colorado Renewable Energy Society, 3245 Eliot Street, Denver, CO 80211. He can be reached at 303-882-5300 | firstname.lastname@example.org.