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.
Statement on Equity: George Floyd’s Death Offers Opportunity for Change
In the pursuit of equity, The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities supports challenging the social and institutional systems that perpetuate injustice and racism.
The recent peaceful protests across America and the world reflect social unrest felt by many long before Minneapolis police killed Mr. Floyd on May 25, 2020. Entrenched racism drives systemic inequities that irreparably harm the health and lives of African Americans. It is beyond time to right those wrongs.
The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities is committed to equity as described in its formal equity statement:
“Equity is meeting people where they are to help empower them to reach their best quality of life and improve our communities. It requires a tailored approach to engaging those most impacted to eliminate barriers and injustices in systems (i.e. transportation, housing, education, health), policies and the environment.”
We are listening to the cries of the families and communities that we serve. Our hearts are with you. We stand alongside you to advocate for change.
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, now 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 home to nearly 30,000 residents. The Foundation, working with the city of Denver, chose Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises (now the Forest City Realty Trust, Inc) as the master developer for the project.
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