"I CHANGE by advancing energy efficiency in the built environment and sharing successes and lessons learned to those who want to reduce their facilities' carbon footprint."
– Chris Bowyer, Alliance Center Manager
I am proud of my work as manager of The Alliance Center, a nonprofit, multi-tenant co-working space in downtown Denver, owned and operated by our organization, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. Buildings similar in size to The Alliance Center – less than 50,000 square feet – are responsible for more than one-third of all carbon dioxide emissions in the United States. That's why we strive to operate our building as a model of energy efficiency, while also maximizing human well-being in our space. Our building has an Energy Use Intensity rating of just 39 – in other words, it uses less than one-half the energy of other buildings our size. We have multiple LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certifications, Energy Star certification, and I'm proud of our status as one of the first five buildings in the world to earn LEED Dynamic Plaque certification, which means an even more rigorous commitment to reducing our carbon footprint on an ongoing basis.
Not only are we minimizing the carbon footprint of our building, but we're also actively working to reduce our waste in the building by robust recycling, composting, a commitment to zero-waste events and more. We offer incentives for all tenant organizations in our building to reduce their car miles, by offering secure bike parking, showers, lockers, reduced-price membership to car-sharing, even a prepaid transit pass for Alliance for Sustainable Colorado staff. Plus, as new technologies and approaches emerge, we stay committed to being an early adopter, paving the way for others to follow our lead. We are also sharing our approach with others, in the hopes that together we can transform the building sector to one that collectively works to reduce our contribution to climate change.
The Alliance Center is Colorado's foremost Hub of Sustainability, where leading sustainability organizations are based, networks are forged and collaboration happens across Colorado’s sustainability community. As an organization, and as Alliance Center Manager, we are constantly working to grow and improve our ability to make a positive impact on climate and related issues, and to transform sustainability from vision to reality. In a time where climate change poses perhaps the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced, I'm proud to be working at the heart of our state's sustainability movement, and more committed than ever to our mission.