Looking for Sustainability Events in Denver? This is the Place for You!
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!
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.
Thursday, June 1, 5:30 – 8 pm | Spring Denver Green Forum | Enterprise Coworking
We’re back with another sustainability panel discussion at the Spring Denver Green Forum! Join us as we hear from some of the state’s leaders in sustainability as they detail what their organizations and companies are doing to further sustainable ideals. You’ll hear from organizations like Conservation Colorado, Denver Botanic Gardens, Red Rocks, and BeZero.org. Plus, we’ll be kicking off the event with a networking happy hour from 5:30 – 6:30 pm with free food by El Five and drinks.
Saturday, June 17, 11 – 12:30 pm | Intro to Integrated Pest Management | Culture Garden Market
Looking to keep pests and pathogens out of your garden without dousing everything in chemicals? This is the perfect course for you. Taught by Joseph (JC) Chidiac, Horticultural Engineer at Culture Garden Market, this course covers the most common plant pests and pathogens, highlights select insect predators, beneficial microorganisms, and agricultural chemicals, and explores different methods of physical control. Become a better grower by taking this course and learning how to research specific problems in plant health and develop an effective and efficient plan for control!
Wednesday, June 21, 5:30 – 9 pm | Summer Solstice Celebration | Colorado Governor’s Mansion
New Energy Colorado is celebrating solar power, as well as the longest day of the year (Summer Solstice), at the Colorado Governor’s Mansion! This event will feature live Bluegrass music, lawn games, and solar trivia. The event will celebrate Colorado’s creation of solar jobs and energy, ranking it 11th in the country in solar power production, though solar still only makes up 2% of the state’s energy. Join this celebration while learning how to fight against special interest groups in the name of renewable energy.
Wednesday, July 26, 6:30 – 9 pm | The Colorado Carbon Fundraiser
Featuring Beck & Book, Coal Town Reunion, and Hunter Lovins | Battery 621
The Mischief Collective & Waste Farmers will be hosting an event to raise money for Natural Capitalism Solutions, an organization that educates “senior decision-makers in business, government and civil society about how to implement more regenerative practices profitably”. The event will feature live music, as well as beer from Avery Brewing and giveaways from Zeal Optics.
Thursday, August 3, 5:30 – 8 pm | Boulder Green Forum | Niche Workspaces
Join us for our third Green Forum, this time in Boulder, as we hear from green thought leaders from around Colorado discuss the future of sustainability for our state. Panelists include Heidi VanGenderen, Chief Sustainability Officer of CU Boulder, Irene Vilar, Founder of the Americas Latino Eco Festival and Americas for Conservation + the Arts, Bill Long, Chief Financial Officer of Snooze an AM Eatery, and Andrea Sanders, Founder & Director of BeZero.org. The event will kick off with a networking happy hour from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, giving you the chance to meet like-minded professionals in Denver.
Thursday, August 10, 6 – 10:30 pm | Save the Ales | Mile High Station
Without water, life as we know it on earth wouldn’t exist. And without beer, life as we know it on earth wouldn’t exist. So, what better way to raise awareness for water conservation than through a fundraiser featuring Colorado beer called “Save the Ales”? Without a sufficient, clean water supply, not only would we not be able to enjoy local craft beer, but we also wouldn’t be able to garden, shower, or even have clean drinking water to survive. Join Conservation Colorado to help raise money for water conservation, while enjoying some of Colorado’s finest local craft beer!
Sunday, August 13, 11 am – 1 pm | Zero Waste Workshop: The Trash Diet | Green Spaces
Trash – we all make it. And we can all make a whole lot less. You’ll learn & experience how to drastically reduce and eliminate household trash, single-use plastics, needless toxic cleaning products, and processed foods. Plus, you’ll learn how to make your own body care product to take home with you (included in the ticket price)! This course will be taught by Andrea Sanders, Founder of BeZero.org.
Saturday, August 19, 6:30 – 9 pm | Food Rescue Ride | Cherry Creek State Park
Want to challenge yourself with a 15 or 30 mile bike ride, or by pulling a 100 pound trailer behind your bike? Like raising money for healthy food access in Denver neighborhoods? Then the Food Rescue Ride is for you! Denver Food Rescue is putting on this fundraiser event in Cherry Creek for all levels of cyclists. Visit their website for more information on how to sign up!
September 15 – 17 | Americas Latino Eco Festival | Denver Museum of Nature and Science
This non-profit event, put on by Boulder Green Forum panelist Irene Vilar, combines art and culture with the environment to empower communities of color and women while tackling environmental problems. The event, now in its fifth year, brings together “Latino American environmental minds… artists, scientists, advocates, public policy leaders, and communities from across the Americas, committed to advancing a healthy environment, both locally and globally, through arts, education, and engagement of culturally diverse populations.” Come see some great speakers and take in some Latino culture!
October 11, 5:30 – 8:30 PM | This is Your River: Celebrating the Colorado River | Fishpond
American Rivers and Fishpond are putting on an event celebrating the Colorado River! “This is Your River will be an inspiring event featuring films, art, and conversation about the Colorado River. Showcasing stories about the legacy, adventure, and conservation surrounding the Colorado River, we’ll highlight how and why we must work together to care for this precious resource which is vital to all facets of life in the West.”
October 18, 9 AM | Sustainable Food Policy Council Meeting | Posner Center for International Development
Join the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council as they discuss policy group updates, their upcoming retreat, and progress towards their upcoming draft on SFPC policy. The council’s mission “is to influence policy that fosters food security for all community members and promotes a healthy, equitable, and sustainable local food system with consideration for economic vitality and environmental impact.” Open to the public!
October 18, 3-5 pm | Denver Sustainability Summit Planning Committee | Denver Public Library
Bring your ideas to help plan Denver’s largest sustainability event, the Denver Sustainability Summit, and meet some of the leaders in the green community! This event is open to the public, and great for people wanting to have their ideas heard for making this sustainability event better. No ticket purchase necessary – just show up to the Denver Public Library on the day and time of the event.
November 2, 5:30 – 8 pm | Fall Denver Green Forum | Green Spaces
We’re back with the Fall edition of the Denver Green Forum sustainability panel! We’ll feature a green networking happy hour, as well as a panel of green thought leaders from around the state of Colorado. Current panelists include Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City and County of Denver. More panelists to be announced. The event will be hosted at Green Spaces Coworking, Denver’s first ever green coworking space.
Tuesday, December 5 | Sustainable Denver Summit | Colorado Convention Center
Slated to be the largest gathering of sustainable businesses in Denver, this summit, put on by the City and County of Denver and Office of the Mayor, will feature green businesses from around the state (and not so green businesses wanting to associate themselves with green business… cough Suncor cough…). The event “brings together hundreds of leaders from across Denver’s business, nonprofit and civic communities to develop and announce commitments for new and expanded initiatives that will help Denver achieve its 2020 Sustainability Goals.”