The Brundtland Commission defines sustainability as: “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainability harmonizes the needs of society, environment and economy into decision making. The concept being that actions associated with each factors typically have consequences upon the others.
Some of the challenges facing society today include: climate change, economic development, food, energy, population, public health, water, natural resource conservation, and social equity. transportation, community design, education, and social equity.
Colorado is taking a leading role in sustainable practices with the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado as a significant hub for bringing together the community. The Alliance links organizations in business, government and education to more effectively progress.
Some notable partnering supporters include: The National Parks Conservation Association, Clean Water Action Colorado, American Council on Renewable Energy, Natural Capitalism, The Wilderness Society, Service Employees International Union CTW, The University of Colorado Denver, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, Go CarShare, Place Matters, citizen engagement, A1 Organics, Centre for Urban Research and Environmental Technology, Community Shares Colorado, and Colorado Common Cause.
By integrating all sectors the Alliance aims to overcome complex challenges with 360 degree solutions. To learn more about activities in your area visit a full map of network partners visit here.
Three key pillars that the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado leverage to achieve their aims include the:
- Alliance Center: A living example of sustainability and collaboration at work
- Policy: Catalyzing systemic change
- Education & Outreach: Creating relationships that accelerate results
In 2004 the Alliance began building a sustainable space in the heart of Denver’s historic Lower downtown (LoDo) district began converting a 100-year old warehouse building into a multi-tenant nonprofit center to host organizations working on sustainability issues. The Alliance Center is a space for all where individuals and organizations can collaborate for the greater good.
Renovation is scheduled for completion in early 2014. For those interested in becoming a tenant partner, learn more here.
The Alliance also works with it’s network partners in an advocacy role at the Colorado State Capitol advocating for policies that will progress sustainability with the state. To see supported policies passed during this last Legislative Session visit the Alliance public policy advocacy.
A wide range of events are hosted regularly within the network. To search events, register or post your sustainable event visit the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado events board.
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