Candidate Mejia unveils green initiative for City of Denver

Denver mayoral candidate James Mejia Friday released his blueprint for creating a greener Denver.

“Sustainability must be at the heart and conscience of all the City of Denver does – now and in the future,” Mejia said in a prepared statement. “We can no longer afford the days of wanton consumption without regard for the future.”

Outlining an environmental vision for the City of Denver that he says expands the current GreenPrint Denver efforts started by Mayor Hickenlooper, Mejia announced numerous environmental initiatives which he said “….will make Denver a model for sustainability.”

Among other things, Mejia announced:

He will work with Xcel Energy to create new energy jobs and attract clean energy company headquarters to Denver.

He will increase the number of electric car charging stations in Denver.

Citizens will have access to free recycling and composting programs.

He will create incentives to specifically target new energy companies for growth in Denver and relocation to Denver.

He will create a Green Job Corps to create and train a workforce to work in green technologies.

He will expand Denver’s ‘Living City Block’ initiative to encourage and incentivize local businesses and citizens to transform entire neighborhoods into models of sustainability.

He will expand community gardens, open park space for local farmers’ markets and encourage and provide City support to sustainable goods entrepreneurs.

He said he will collaborate with B-Cycle to double the number of bike depots and add helmet rental opportunities.

“We cannot cut our way to prosperity,” Mejia said. “(This) is an investment in our future that will create jobs, increase our tax base and provide benefits for Denver residents and our global community.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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