Denver’s Climate Action Task Force

The Denver Climate Action Task Force will develop a plan to strengthen Denver’s work to address climate change equitably in the following critical areas:

  • Buildings
  • Transportation
  • 100% Renewable Electricity
  • Industrial Energy Use
  • Consumption Emissions
  • Resiliency/Adaptation

The task force will do their work by engaging experts, interested stakeholders, and a wide range of community members in the process.  The task force will:

  • Engage Denver’s communities in defining goals, gaps, solutions, and investment opportunities.
    • Engage networks of each member to inform and support their work.
    • Support the City in developing and implementing a broader community engagement strategy that informs their work.
  • Review goals, current work, and gaps
    • Review and update the City’s goals in the 80×50 Climate Action plan to align with the latest climate science.
    • Review current climate work by the Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency so that the task force outcomes build upon this strong foundation.
    • Review the gaps between current work and what is necessary to achieve the goals equitably and to begin work on climate resiliency.
  • Recommend the policies and solutions needed to meet the goals equitably
    • Define where policies and requirements are necessary to close the gap to achieving scientifically informed goals. 
    • Develop a set of high-level solutions and strategies (e.g. marketing, training, incentives) that the City must implement to support our community and enable the passage of equitable policies.
  • Recommend investment opportunities
    • Determine the level of funding that is needed to implement the proposed policies and solutions. 
    • Select one or more revenue sources to fill any agreed upon funding gap.

The science of climate change is changing quickly.  While the task force’s work will aim to bring Denver into line with the latest science, the City will frequently evolve goals, plans and policies to keep pace in the future.

The task force will complete their work by May of 2020. 

Task Force Meeting Schedule

All meetings are open to public observers.  Agendas and any presentations will be posted in advance. Meeting notes will be posted after each meeting.  See .

  • January 16th.  8:30am – 12:30pm.  The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St.
  • January 30th. 8:00-11:00am -or- 1:30-4:30. Location TBD
  • February 6th. 8:00-11:00am -or- 1:30-4:30. Location TBD
  • February 20th. 8:00-11:00am. Location TBD
  • March 5th. 1:30-4:30pm. The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St.
  • March 12th. 8:00-11:00am. The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St.
  • March 19th. 1:30-4:30pm. The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St.
  • April 9th. 8:00-11:00am. The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St.
  • April 23rd. 8:00-11:00am. The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St.
  • May 7th. 1:30-4:30pm. The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St.
  • May 14th. 8:00-11:00am. The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St.

Task Force Membership

We received over 260 applications to join the task force. We are still confirming with two potential task force members that they are available to serve. Here are the 25 who are confirmed:

Brandon Rietheimer, Resilient Denver
Dominique Gomez, Salazar Center for North American Conservation
Emily Gedeon, Sierra Club – Colorado
Eugene Downing, New Hope Baptist Church
Frank Locantore, Colfax Ave BID
George E. Ware, Community Member
Jackie Bouvier, Santa Fe BID
Jasmin Barco, Eco-Cycle
Jennifer Gremmert, Energy Outreach Colorado
Jessica Goad, Conservation Colorado
Jon Buerge, Urban Villages / LoDo District / Downtown BID
Kathie A Barstnar, NAIOP Colorado, the Commercial Real Estate Association
Kelly Shanley, Student Advocate, Community College of Denver
Laura Zaspel, Serendipity Catering
Lori Pierce, DMAR
Mike Kruger, Colorado Solar and Storage Association (COSSA)
Naomi Amaha, Denver Streets Partnership
Patricia G Iwasaki, Metro/NorthEast Denver
Piep van Heuven, Bicycle Colorado
Rhiannon Duryea, Denver Area Labor Federation
Sam Knaizer, BPX Energy, BP America
Sebastian Andrews, Youth Sustainability Board, environmentally concerned youth of Denver
Thomas Riggle, Resilient Denver
Tyler Smith, Xcel Energy
Veronica Booz, Green Valley Ranch/KIPP Colorado Schools