Sustainability on the Rise in Denver

With the current administration hacking left and right at environmental protections and policies, people are coming out in droves to protest, provide support, or learn about how they can make an impact for the environment in the Denver area. Much like when gun lovers sharply increased their gun and accessory purchases when they were afraid their second amendment rights were going to be taken away, self-proclaimed environmentalists and concerned citizens are looking for a way to put their money and effort into protecting their planet now that their rights are under constant threat.

As a direct result, there has been a spike in general green events to fulfill this demand – like sustainability meetups, gardening or homesteading workshops, and forums like our Denver Green Forum.

Below is a growing list of sustainability, green, or environmental events happening in Denver throughout the year. We will be expanding the list as we discover new upcoming events, and are always accepting your event ideas. Just email send us an email through our contact page with the details!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 22, 12 – 1 pm | Climate Change Over Coffee | Carbon Cafe

Join us for our new free monthly series, Climate Change Over Coffee, where we’ll be having an open discussion about climate change and sustainability at local coffee shops around Denver. The main takeaway of these meetups is to brainstorm how we as citizens can reduce our environmental impact in order to lead healthier lives and restore our planet back to health. This month’s event will be held at Carbon Cafe in LoHi from noon to 1 pm, and we’ll be discussing how we can have greener commutes to work and leisurely activities.

Thursday, February 23, 5 – 7 p.m. | Cannabis Industry Panel | Culture Garden Market

Yes, this is a weed panel! However, the discussion will be going far beyond growing or selling pot – or getting high, for that matter. The event, hosted by the Emerging Professionals Committee at Culture Garden Market, will feature a panel of green building professionals discussing sustainability in the cannabis industry. They’ll be covering 3 subjects, including: water, waste and energy consumption. If you’re in the cannabis industry, or curious as to what initiatives are being put in place to make this industry more efficient, we encourage your attendance!

Tuesday, March 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | What CO can learn from CA: State Action on Energy & Climate | Alliance Center

This event is part of The Sustainability Series held at the Alliance Center and looks to show how California has transformed its energy and transportation sectors to become a more sustainable state. Speakers at this free event include Scott Anders, director of the Energy Policy Initiatives Center at the University of San Diego School of Law, and Hillary Hebert, policy and strategy manager for San Diego Gas & Electric.

Saturday, March 11, 10 am – 6 pm | 7th Anual Seed Swap | Growhaus

This “celebration of the upcoming growing season” brings together members of the Denver community to swap seeds and knowledge for people wanting to grow a garden at home. The event will feature gardening workshops, community food vendors and music. You can bring your own seeds and grab some seeds brought by other community members. This is a great way to diversify your garden while getting tips from other Denver area growers!

Sunday, March 26, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm | ACLU Fundraiser Dinner | The Resistance Diner

The Resistance Diner is a recurring dinner that brings together like-minded people wanting to keep human rights intact and support the causes under attack by the current administration. The dinner is a four-course meal with 23 seats that raises money for a particular cause – in this case the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) – and will be hosted by Capitol Tea. Get a seat at the table and engage in inspiring conversation!

Saturday, April 1 | Forward Food Summit | Mercury Cafe

Boulder Food Rescue, in association with Denver Food Rescue and Colorado Springs Food Rescue, is hosting the 4th annual Forward Food Summit “to both engage the audience with new [food related] ideas and to provide a space for individuals to network and facilitate potential collaborations between people working in the food justice field in the Front Range area.” The money raised from this event will go towards the aforementioned organizations, which all help to keep food out of landfills by delivering unused food to non-profit grocery stores.

Friday, April 21 | Earth Day Denver | Wellington Webb Building

The City of Denver is putting on their annual Earth Day event at the (NEW location – moved indoors due to weather forecast) Wellington Webb Building to celebrate the Earth and all of the green companies around Denver. This year’s event aims to “highlight sustainability-related resources available to Denver residents with a focus on renewable energy.” Additionally, sustainable businesses in the community will be exhibiting at the event. Open to the public.

PLUS: The Denver Green Forum will have a table set up at this event! Look for us out in the Wellington Webb Building for discounted tickets, news and more!

Saturday, April 29 | People’s Climate March on Denver | Civic Center Park

This event, which is happening in conjunction with the main People’s Climate March on Washington D.C., is aiming to demonstrate to lawmakers that “the health and protection of our environment and wild places counts for more than corporate profits.” The event is being organized by a group of citizens on Facebook and will take place Saturday, April 29th from 9 am to 3 pm at Denver’s Civic Center Park. Prepare to protest, and don’t forget to recycle your signs after the event!

Wednesday, May 24, 5 – 9 pm | Rebel with a Cause Gala | Hyatt Regency

The 16th annual Rebel with a Cause Gala is the “largest environmental event in Colorado” and honors people who are taking names and kicking ass in the name of the environment and sustainability. The event brings together an eclectic group of private citizens, business people and legislators to have discussions and take action around the environment and public issues. The event will include dinner, a silent auction, and “a show”. The keynote speaker will be the Rebel with a Cause Award Recipient LaDonna Brave Bull Allard.