Vote “no” on Denver’s Green Roof Initiative

We’re big fans of trees here on the Denver Post editorial board, but we’re asking voters to reject Initiated Ordinance 300, which would force owners of many buildings to install rooftop gardens or solar panels. Residents should thank environmental activists for raising awareness to the usefulness of gardens atop buildings, but they should reject this misguided overreach.

The activists placed the measure on this year’s ballot through a petition campaign. City officials aren’t responsible for the request, and Mayor Michael Hancock — a big friend of the environment — rightly stands against the measure.

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Mayor Hancock: Green roof initiative is ‘not the right approach for Denver’

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has formally opposed Initiative 300, a ballot measure that would require building owners to make changes to their properties incorporating “green roof” amenities.

Hancock’s office earlier this week issued a statement to members of the Denver City Council voicing his opposition to the measure, a citizen-initiated ordinance certified by the Denver Elections Division last month.

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is against Green Roof Initiative, says it “goes too far too fast”

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is opposing a citizen initiative on the November ballot that would require most new city buildings of at least 25,000 square feet to have gardens, solar panels or other “green roof” components, saying it “goes too far too fast.”

“While green roofs support many sustainability objectives, Initiative 300 is not the right approach for Denver,” Hancock said of the Green Roof Initiative in a letter this week to the Denver City Council. “… By taking a mandate-only approach and eliminating the opportunity for options, the initiative would actually hinder efforts to pilot, promote, phase and incentivize green infrastructure, as is being done in many of our peer cities across the United States.”

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