Katrina Mangan, Transforming a Voter Initiated Green Roof Ordinance into Denver’s Ambitious New Green Building Policy, The Solutions Journal, Volume 10, Issue 1, January 2019, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/transforming-voter-initiated-green-roof-ordinance-denvers-ambitious-new-green-building-policy/) Abstract: Introduction Denver City Council adopted a new Green Building Policy on October 29th, 2018. The policy, among the most ambitious in the United States, will contribute to alleviating Denver’s substantial urban heat island, add green space to the city, provide water quality and storm water benefits, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. All new buildings over 25,000 square feet must now have a cool roof as well as either a green roof, green space anywhere on the site, solar panels, energy efficiency features, LEED Gold Certification or a combination of these options. When an existing building of this size replaces its roof it must install a cool roof as well as either a green roof, new green space anywhere on the site, solar panels, energy efficiency improvements or LEED Silver Certification. The following is the story behind Denver’s new Green Building Policy. What began as a citizen-led ballot initiative requiring a limited range of green roofs and solar panels … Topics: