GDS-Index Welcomes Denver

Denver is the newest, and fourth city in the US to join the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index).

Denver’s sustainability as both a destination and a convention city is apparent throughout the city – from the LEED Gold certified Colorado Convention Center with its own sustainability program, to green hotels, to a citywide bike sharing program and others. In 2019, Denver was only the 11th community in the world to become LEED Platinum certified under the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities program; and VISIT DENVER was the first CVB In the world to achieve Level One Certification with the ASTM/APEX Standard for Destinations for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows and Conferences.

Denver is home to the first commercial service airport in North America to receive an internationally certified Environmental Management System (EMS), and was ranked as one of the top 10 most sustainable North American Cities (Arcadia, 2016). The city’s convention bureau has contributed to these successes, by providing the necessary tools and resources to assist organisers in creating more regenerative events.

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