Volunteer Service Day | Charles Place Park
Sunday, July 21, 2019 10 AM - 2 PM
What’s the best way to kick off Greater & Greener 2019? Roll up your sleeves, grab a pair of gloves, and make your mark in the Mile-High City by volunteering to install new playground equipment and help refurbish St. Charles Place Park!
The 2019 Volunteer Service Day project is led by the St. Charles Ambassadors, a volunteer group of youth formed to represent the interest of the community and assist with the redesign of the park. They have been working over the past year with Denver Parks & Recreation to engage the community and create a cohesive plan for the park and recreation center.
Enjoy a beautiful day in St. Charles Place Park with these inspiring young leaders, meet fellow conference attendees, and pitch in to help create a vibrant and healthy space for all. Projects include a playground build and other park clean-up. All ages and abilities welcome. No experience needed.
Opening Reception | Confluence Park
Sunday, July 21, 2019 6:30 - 9 PM
Greater & Greener 2019 opens the conference program with a reception at Shoemaker Plaza in Confluence Park where both the South Platte River and the Cherry Creek meet.
Confluence Park, part of Denver's "River Vision Project," is located in the heart of downtown Denver(LoDo), a bustling district of 19th-century brick warehouses and storefronts that have been redeveloped and widely enjoyed today. Referred to as the "birthplace" of Denver, Confluence Park is one of the busiest commuter parks in the city and is a perfect spot to say, “welcome” to the Denver and Greater & Greener.
Exhibition Hall Happy Hour | Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Monday, July 22, 2019 5:30 - 7 PM
Join us for this casual, networking opportunity to wind down the first full day of sessions and mobile workshops. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer with some lite fare while visiting with our exhibitors and connect with peers from across the country.
Closing Reception | Civic Center Park
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 6 - 8:30 PM
As Greater & Greener 2019 comes to a close, it's time to wind down with friends old and new at Civic Center Park. Located at the crossroads of government, culture, commerce, and community, this historic 12-acre oasis is bordered by the State Capitol, the City and County Building, the Denver Art Museum, and it is the centerpiece of Denver's green space. 2019 also marks the 100th anniversary of the park's Greek Amphitheater, a public stage that can accommodate up to 1,200 spectators!
Presented by City Parks Alliance in partnership with World Urban Parks
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The world urban population will double from 3.5 billion to over 7 billion in the next 40 years with 8 of 10 people expected to live in cities by the year 2060. This means that half of the communities that will exist within the lifetime of our children have not been built yet. People are also living longer: the global population of people 60 years or over is expected to more than double in the next three decades. Moreover, global warming is occurring faster than predicted, increasing extreme weather events and changing the environmental conditions that may cause tens of millions of people to be displaced. Much of this change will take place in countries where the average person lives under $20,000 annually.
Making parks a priority--especially in densely built cities--requires political leadership, creative vision, and a comprehensive urban development approach. How can we redesign and rework the world’s cities to ensure they protect the earth’s natural environment and species, make them more biologically diverse, healthier and more humane for residents of all ages? This half-day session will explore strategies that emerging cities are using to create a more sustainable future where greenspace is used to help address rapid growth and infrastructure challenges.