Energy and Sustainability at the Capitol

Earlier this month the CU Denver Business School hosted a forum on energy sustainability in historic buildings. The forum was held in the Colorado State Capitol Building as a living example of the points made in the forum.  Colorado’s Capitol is the first LEED-certified state capitol building in the nation. At the forum, speakers such as Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall discussed how updating the Capitol with geothermal energy has saved the state more than $8 million in utility costs and has offset more than 91 million pounds of carbon emissions. For more on the Capitol’s energy efficiency and sustainability, see the document Energy Use at the Capitol from the Colorado Energy Office.

Solar panels on the State Capitol roof. Courtesy Colorado Energy Office.