The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities works on the social agenda that underpins the redevelopment plan for Stapleton, Denver’s former airport. The plan’s key principles are environmental responsibility, social equity and economic opportunity. Those principles guide The Foundation to drive its primary initiatives of Healthy Living, Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Transportation.
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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.
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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, 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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