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Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities advances social agenda.  

The  Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities was founded in 1990 by beloved Denver oilman/philanthropist Sam Gary. (Original name of Stapleton Foundation was dropped in 2018.)  Its mission was to write the redevelopment plan for Stapleton, the city’s former airport that closed in 1995 when Denver International Airport opened. At 4,700 acres, it is the largest infill development in the country. 

The plan, known as the Green Book, called for a New Urbanism project of mixed use residential, commercial, retail, office and open space.  

Along with the physical transformation, the plan promotes a social agenda to nurture lifelong learning, sustainable and healthy living, alternative transportation and affordable housing at Stapleton and in the greater Northeast Denver/Northwest Aurora communities. 

The Foundation is the catalyst, with the community and the master developer, to advance the Green Book’s agenda. Development work began in 2000 to convert Stapleton into what is now called Central Park and is home to nearly 30,000 residents. The city of Denver, with the foundation, chose Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises (now Forest City Realty Trust, Inc) as the master developer for the project. Brookfield Asset Management bought Forest City in 2018 for $11.4 billion and is now Central Park's master developer.
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Northeast Transportation Connections

NETC is about building sustainability in our neighborhoods by reducing the number of single-occupant cars and trucks on the road. This decreases pollution, cuts down on traffic and helps our neighbors live healthy, active lives.


be well:

Health & Wellness Initiative

be well is a grassroots movement of communities coming together to take charge of their health and wellness. The mission of be well is to affect programs, policies and practices to create health equality and access for all people. 



Lifelong Learning

Strengthening Schools and Learning Opportunities in our Communities.

The goal for The Foundation's lifelong learning initiative is to make our neighborhoods a model of lifelong learning where infants to seniors will find innovative educational opportunities to satisfy their personal, professional and recreational needs and desires.



Check the Foundation's new education news site, Central Park Education News,

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The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities

​7350 E. 29th Avenue, Ste. 300

Denver, CO 80238


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