That energy extends to issues like sustainability, too, right?
MH: Sustainability is all about innovation — finding creative ways to sustain practices and improve our basic natural resources for as long as possible. One of the innovations we've seen come to fruition is the citizen-approved Green Roofs initiative that was on the ballot this past November. That initiative will require most new buildings to include rooftop gardens, potentially in combination with solar panels. The goal of the initiative is to significantly reduce long-term operating costs by lowering energy consumption and increasing the longevity of a roof. We're told that a green roof lasts 2–3 times as long as a traditional roof because the waterproofing portion is protected by greenery.
It's one more way innovation is transforming the city. What's it like to be part of that?
EW: Helping build a city has been exciting — and I don't think there are very many cities that in that amount of time have changed as much as Denver has, and I think for the better. Because people care about the city. Many of us are here because we chose to come here.
How is that excitement and change translating into opportunities not just for one segment of the population but for as many people as possible?
MH: I believe one person's innovation can help all of us thrive. One of the things we're really proud of is Denver Peak Academy.
Government entities are tasked with difficult processes, yet expected to respond in rapid time. Denver's Peak Academy is an innovative way to make government fun, while also reducing the amount of time it takes to respond to various processes and individuals. It's really about meeting our people where they are.
When we talk about innovation, we know this works. Denver Peak Academy has gained national attention, and we're proud to be leading the way on how governments work toward efficiency and customer — resident — satisfaction.