The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Monday, March 14, 2022

Program Year

2022

Achievement

Leadership Circle

2022

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City and County of Denver

Denver, CO

Michael Hancock

Mayor of Denver Colorado

Pledge Summary

Since 2016, Denver's Mayor, B. Michael Hancock, has taken the pledge and made the commitments to using sustainable practices that help the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. "Denver is committed to establishing and restoring habitat for the monarch butterfly and we encourage our residents to do the same," said Mayor Michael Hancock. "By doing this, we are creating sustainable practices that will support the increase of native pollinating insects in our city, which is important to the health and beauty of Denver."

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2022

Communications and Convening

  • Engage with gardening leaders and partners (e.g., Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Nature Centers, Native Plant Society Chapters , other long-standing and influential community leaders) to support monarch butterfly conservation.
  • Engage with city parks and recreation, public works, sustainability, and other relevant staff to identify opportunities to revise and maintain mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs.
  • Launch or maintain a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods. (If you have community members who speak a language other than English, we encourage you to also communicate in that language; Champion Pledges must communicate in that language.)

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Earn or maintain recognition for being a wildlife-friendly city by participating in other wildlife and habitat conservation efforts (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat program).
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants along roadsides, medians, or public rights-of-way.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.

Systems Change

  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.
  • Launch, expand, or continue one or more ordinances to reduce light pollution to benefit urban wildlife.