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A Bold Sustainability Vision For Denver Startup Week

Denver Startup Week


We have a bold vision to make Denver Startup Week the most sustainable free entrepreneurship event in the North America — and we need your help!

Denver Startup Week is right around the corner from September 24 – 28, 2018 and Cottonwood Institute is excited to team up with an impressive coalition of partners, including: Colorado State University, Copia, Downtown Denver Partnership, The Alliance Center, The Commons on Champa.

For 2018, we are focusing our sustainability efforts to encourage attendees and venue hosts to:

1. Go for zero waste:

Only 18% of waste in Denver is recycled or composted, which is nearly half of the national average of 34%. We can do better!

Consider the following tips to reduce waste at Basecamp Launched by Chase for Business and other Denver Startup Week venues:

  • Minimize food waste by only taking what you can eat at events with food
  • Avoid food items and drinks with plastic packaging (i.e., wrapped candy, bagged snacks, single-use coffee cups, etc.)
  • Recycle or compost your waste at venues with zero waste bins
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle and coffee cup
  • Bring your own reusable plate and cutlery to events with food
  • Refuse non-reusable swag/giveaways
  • Avoid creating more paper waste by taking pictures of printed collateral
Denver Startup Week Sustainability


2. Reduce your carbon footprint:

Help reduce SOVs (Single Occupant Vehicles) on the road to reduce carbon emissions and improve Denver’s air quality! Travel to and from Denver Startup Week using alternative transportation:

Get Involved:

If you would like to serve on the Sustainability Committee, become a Sustainability Volunteer, or if you would like your venue to meet this year’s sustainability benchmarks, contact: Ford Church, Founder and Executive Director, Cottonwood Institute, via email, or at 303.447.1076 x700.

Sustainability Partners:

A special thanks goes out to the following partners for helping to drive sustainability efforts at Denver Startup Week this year and beyond!

Denver Startup Week Sustainability


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