2024 $ave Green Be Green Conference

Save the Date! $ave Green Be Green Conference June 06, 2024

For any questions or concerns, reach out to D-ONE@denvergov.org.

Established in 2019, the $ave Green Be Green Conference ($GBG) is a no-cost conference that connects nonprofits and faith-based organizations with funding opportunities for facilities maintenance and facility upgrades. Since then, the $ave Green Be Green Conference has continued to offer Denver serving nonprofits, faith-based organizations, community organizations, individuals and businesses opportunities to network and connect with resources and funding that will help them not only be cost-efficient, but energy-efficient as well. Topics include grants and programs available from government entities, energy-saving tips, conservation efforts and environmental management.

The Pitch Competition returns this year, awarding participating nonprofits with a total of $19,000 for energy efficiency upgrades, allowing them to invest the money they will save into their community programs.

Other conference offerings include the Exhibit Hall and the Networking Reception. The Exhibit Hall gives attendees the ability to directly connect with local resources and learn more about energy efficiency opportunities. The Networking Reception is a chance for attendees to meet with $GBG expert presenters, energy sector professionals, and other Denver nonprofits.

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General Information

Date: Thursday, June 6th, 2024


  • Conference: 6:45 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Check-in and a light breakfast will be from 6:45 AM to 8:00 AM. 
  • Networking Reception: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


  • New Hope Baptist Church - 3701 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205

Mistress of Ceremonies

  • Kim Ngan Nguyen, Director of Digital Platforms at Colorado Public Radio


 Event Time Location
Breakfast/Registration Check-In 6:45 AM to 8:00 AM Family Life Center
Opening Remarks 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Family Life Center
 Exhibit Hall 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Overflow Room 
Eco-Warriors Unleashed: Youth Voices
Driving Energy Efficiency Solutions (Panel)
8:30 AM to 9:00 AM Family Life Center
Powering Faith: Sustainable Solutions
in Faith Communities (Panel)
9:15 AM to 10:15 AM Family Life Center
Workshops 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Various Rooms (Look for Signage)
 Lunch/Pitch Competition 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM Family Life Center  

Bridging the Gap: Environmental Justice & Equity (Panel)

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Family Life Center
Empowering Green Change: Uniting City,
State, and Federal Resources (Panel)
3:15 PM to 4:45 PM Family Life Center
Closing Remarks 4:45 PM to 5:00 PM Family Life Center
Networking Reception/Awards Ceremony 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Family Life Center

To request ADA Accommodations

It is your right to access oral or written language assistance, sign language interpretation, real-time captioning via CART, or disability-related accommodations. To request any of these services at no cost to you, indicate your preferences during registration.

Panel and Workshop Descriptions


 Title Moderator Description
Eco-Warriors Unleashed: Youth Voices Driving Energy Efficiency Solutions Kristan Uhlenbrock, The Institute for Science & Policy This panel brings together a diverse group of students from the elementary to graduate levels. Our panelists will share their insights, experiences and perspectives on projects that focus on energy efficiency.
Powering Faith: Sustainable Solutions in Faith Communities Pastor Kathy Maskell, East Denver Vineyard This panel will look at how faith, environmental justice and energy equity connect. This will include looking at challenges and opportunities within religious communities. Overall, this panel aims to inspire discussion and action towards creating a better future.
Bridging the Gap: Environmental Justice & Equity Tran Nguyen-Wills, Denver Mayor's Office  This panel will dive into how environmental justice and equity impact projects are aimed towards creating a better future. Notably, there will be a focus on how different communities have different levels of access to clean energy resources, solutions and ways to fight environmental impacts.
Empowering Green Change: Uniting City, State, and Federal Resources Patrick Walton, DEDO  Government agencies discuss their energy efficiency initiatives, detailing how they use their strengths and resources to address complex challenges and create change. In addition, they’ll review collaborations with community partners like nonprofits and faith-based communities.



 Title  Presenter Description
Clean Transportation Alternatives: EV Workplace Charging LaSheita Sayer, Women Who Charge   The workshop on EV workplace charging provides valuable insights into the role of businesses promoting clean transportation alternatives. By investing in EV infrastructure and fostering a culture of sustainability, workplaces can contribute significantly to reducing carbon emission and building a more environmentally friendly future.
Show Me the Green: Top Three Keys to Securing Environmental Grants
Stephanie Tanny & Fernanda Jimenez, Kasih Initiative For organizations who have hit a wall either due to capacity and/or skillset, using your time effectively to raise funds is essential. This workshop is designed to empower you with the knowledge and tools needed to establish robust fundraising pipelines. Participants will delve into the intricacies of local, state, federal, and private grant submittals, gaining insights into strategic approaches for sustainable financial support. Key objectives include learning how to better identify appropriate funding opportunities for your organization, building relationships with donors, and optimizing grant applications for federal funding. Attendees will also engage in an interactive peer review session where participants will get a chance to apply critical evaluation skills to a grant. This will provide insight into how funders evaluate proposals, and support participants in submitting more competitive grants. Ultimately, this workshop will empower participants with actionable steps to effectively navigate the competitive landscape of grant funding and advance the missions of environmental sustainability and social impact.

This session is led by Kasih Initiative, a grants strategy and grant writing firm that works with foundations and nonprofits that are focused on raising funds for environmental programs and projects.
Rescuing Food, Saving the Planet: Exploring We Don’t Waste’s Sustainability Strategies Lauren Pollitt & Jessica LeCortz, We Don’t Waste We Don’t Waste believes that good food should go to people, not landfills, and be accessible to all. We increase food access and protect the planet by rescuing and repurposing food, while educating and advocating to increase food security and decrease food waste. We were honored to be chosen as the winner of the pitch competition at the 2023 Save Green Be Green Conference, which included the top funding allotment for our sustainability project included within our Capital Campaign.
Oasis Greens: Cultivating Community in the Desert Mariah Middlebrooks, SustainEd Farms & Teens
For Food Justice
Join us for an immersive workshop showcasing the innovative practices of a local hydroponic farm, which has successfully distributed more than 10,000 pounds of fresh, sustainable grown produce to our community. Discover the secrets behind the thriving operation and learn how hydroponics revolutionizing food production among arid regions ensuring a steady supply of nutritious greens year-round.
Urban Food Oasis Built from Waste

Austine Luce, Consumption Literacy Project
Since 2018, CLP has helped to elevate community garden spaces, 22 backyard residential gardens, and over 50 hobby gardeners across Denver, Commerce City, Aurora, Adams County, and Jefferson County.
Growing Together: Harnessing Resources to Grow Trees and Community Resilience

Kim Yuan-Farrell, The Park People Trees and tree services for nonprofits: Strategies and resources for nonprofit organizations to plant and care for trees at their offices and in their communities. The Park People's Kim Yuan-Farrell will present on the benefits of trees, discuss their essential role in protecting the health and resilience of our communities, dive into the disparity in tree canopy cover in Denver, and introduce strategies and resources nonprofits can use to plant more trees now. Resources are also available for the clients and program participants of many nonprofits, which can help improve quality of life and reduce climate vulnerability.
Uncover the Hidden Treasure in your Building: Save Money and Resources with an ENERGY STAR Treasure Hunt Lindsay Cocotis,
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  
This presentation will provide an overview of ENERGY STAR tools and resources for congregations and small business. An outline on ENERGY STAR’s mission, Treasure Hunts, and how to Benchmark energy usage on Portfolio Manager will be provided.
The Importance of Electrification at a Community Level: A Case Study

Bobby Foley, Elephant Energy & Colorado Jewish Climate Action
This presentation will explore the innovation Community Electrification Partnership designed by Elephant Energy in collaboration with Colorado Jewish Climate Action, showcasing the potent combination of social proof and community engagement in accelerating residential home electrification.

Pitch Competition


  • May 30: Pitch Proposal Due
  • May 31: Proposal Review
  • June 3: Pitch Finalists Selected & Notified
  • June 6: Nonprofit Pitch Presentations (during lunch from 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM at $GBG Conference)
  • June 6: Winners selected & announced at Ice Cream Social at the end of $GBG Conference


The Denver Office of Nonprofit Engagement, in partnership with Xcel Energy, Environmental Protection Agency Region 8, Waste Management, GRID Alternatives and the Denver Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency, is presenting its 5th Annual $ave Green Be Green Conference. The conference, developed by the EPA and D-ONE, aims to give attendees insights and resources on saving money and smarter facility management.

The Pitch Competition’s purposes are to motivate participants to attend, to provide real world examples of nonprofit energy efficiency projects and to fund a small number of nonprofits’ energy efficiency projects.


  1. Nonprofits start by reading through the requirements.
  2. After reviewing the requirements, if organizations have questions, they can email their questions to the D-ONE Team. Answers to these questions will be posted to the website.
  3. To ensure that projects are in the appropriate range of scope and allotted funds, participants are be given a list of example upgrades below. For example, with the $2,500 prize, depending on the facility, small projects like lighting, weather-stripping, or a water heater replacement could be done. A portion of space in the building could also be upgraded.
  4. If nonprofits are interested in participating, they should complete the application.


This competition is aimed at nonprofits and faith-based organizations that own or manage the facilities they operate out of. Furthermore, your organization must:

  • Be in Good Standing with the Colorado Secretary of State
  • You must be a registered 501(c)3 organization with the Internal Revenue Service or have a legal fiscal agent
  • Your organization must be Denver-based and/or serving Denver residents
  • The majority of clients served must be Denver-based (60% or more)

*Note: Organizations currently receiving NEEP funding will not be eligible as they have or are in the process of receiving upgrades through funding.


  • A completed application must be submitted, A completed application consists of:
    • Completed application
    • Budget outline, consisting of the narrative and table. These should be emailed to D-ONE@denvergov.org with the subject line: 2024$GBG Pitch_Organization Name
    • Miscellaneous documents (any documentation that may support your proposal – e.g. previous audit results for energy efficiency upgrades that were never done; EPA treasure hunt results if you organization has done one). These should be emailed to D-ONE@denvergov.org with the subject line: 2024$GBG Pitch_Organization Name
  • Proposals that address the following will be considered eligible:
    • Energy efficiency upgrades
    • Descriptions of how the upgrades will help their organization
    • Examples of proposal activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
      • Lighting (switching all light bulbs in facility)
      • Weatherization
      • New boilers
      • HVAC systems
  • Demonstrates and explains how funding for energy efficiency upgrades will help save money that can be re-allocated to other organizational needs. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • By saving money on utility bills, we will be able to…
      • Have after-school programming in our meeting rooms because we can afford to keep lighting on and building operations going later in the evening. This after school programming could include…
      • Have more congregational gatherings such as monthly bible study meetings and quarterly potlucks. These social events are crucial to our church’s success because…
      • Use those saved dollars for marketing so our church/organization can improve its fundraising amounts. Fundraising has been a struggle for us in the past and by directing more dollars into marketing we can….


There will be four grants awarded in total.

  • First Place: $10,000
  • Second Place: $5,000
  • Third Place: $2,500 (Sponsored by Waste Management)
  • Fan Favorite: $1,500 (Sponsored by Waste Management)


All proposals will be reviewed by a five-person panel consisting of government personnel and energy experts.

This panel will review proposals and will decide on four proposals to advance to the proposal presentation phase at the conference. Notice of advancement will be sent to finalists. Organizations must confirm their participation before the conference.

At the conference, the proposals that advanced will be presented to the panel during lunch. Each proposal presentation will be 10 minutes and the panel will have five minutes to ask questions, totaling 15 minutes per proposal.

The panel will convene after all presentations have been given to determine the final award amounts. The winners for each amount will be announced at the conference’s Networking Reception.


All applications should address the following:

  • Project Proposal
    • Strong explanation of what they intend to use the funds for (project proposals)
    • Strong budget table and narrative
  • Organization
    • Thoughtful and clear explanation of how the proposed energy upgrades will help their organization
  • Community Impact
    • How these funds will ultimately help the communities they serve

Preference will be given to those organizations that best demonstrate how their building upgrades will further energy equity in the City and County of Denver, specifically for the communities they work with.


Regardless of whether you win or not, pitch competitions can be a positive experience for participants and their organizations. But be clear…you should enter this competition to win! 

So how can you increase your chances of prevailing against the competition? Here are a few tips for improving your pitch competition presence. 


In any pitch competition, you’re going to be sharing the spotlight with many other nonprofits. Attention will be at a premium, so you want to make the most of whatever time the judges will have their attention focused on you. Refine your elevator pitches: short, snappy and to the point. Make sure the basic concept of your idea is easy for someone outside your area of specialty to grasp. Focus on what you want the person to take away from your conversation or presentation. 


Jargon is a bugbear plaguing any number of highly specialized fields. While you are around people in your field, it may allow you to communicate ideas more precisely and signal your belonging to the tribe. However, your specialized lingo may sound like completely alienating gibberish to someone outside of your field. Know when to sound like a specialist and when to sound like a human being. 


You may have the best idea in the world, but that doesn’t mean much if you can’t get access to the resources you need to realize your vision. Building a good rapport with other contestants, judges and even the audience can make an enormous difference in how your idea is received. 


You may think you have everything you need ready to go for your application, but maybe you missed some small little clause hidden deep within the website or documentation. Some people do well under intense pressure, but you’d generally be better off spending time refining your application pitch than scrambling at the last minute to make sure you submit a high-quality application. 


Assume you’ll get a lot of questions about your idea. Have some snappy, easy-to-understand answers ready. Be familiar with the types of questions you’ll be asked, so you won’t be caught completely off-guard. 


The problem with lists like these is that you’re not the only person reading them. In fact, we can guarantee the other contestants have read the exact same advice that you have. That means that sometimes it’s better to be memorable than to appear competent but predictable. If you’re a person of exceptional charisma or quirky enough that people can’t stop talking about you, use that to your advantage and make an impact!


In order to submit an application, proposers must answer all of the questions. To be considered to present at the conference, our office needs to receive the budget and budget narrative via email as well.  


2024-SGBG-Pitch-Competition-FAQs.pdf(PDF, 256KB)

Exhibit Hall Information (For Exhibitors)


Exhibitor Application: The application period is now closed.

Exhibit Hall FAQs: 2024-SGBG-Exhibitor-FAQs.pdf(PDF, 232KB)

Exhibitor Agreement (Can also be viewed below): 2024-SGBG-Exhibitor-Agreement.pdf(PDF, 183KB)


The Exhibit Space consists of:

  • One table and 2 chairs.
  • Exhibitor will use table(s) and chairs provided by the event organizer unless alternative arrangements have been made ahead of time.
  • Opportunity to distribute information to the conference attendees.
  • Opportunity to promote your business on-site with coupons and promotional materials.
  • Exhibitor agrees that booth location is determined by event organizers.
  • Exhibitor agrees that all booth decorations must be flame retardant and meet fire code regulations and stay within the boundaries of allotted exhibit space.
  • Exhibitor agrees to behave in a professional manner. Any Exhibitor suspected of unruly or uncooperative behavior during the event, set-up or take-down, will be dismissed from the event.
  • The Exhibit Hall must operate all hours of the event and Exhibitors may not leave prior to close of the Exhibit Hall unless previously agreed upon with event organizers.
  • Exhibitors are required to leave the space clean at the end of the day. Exhibitors must remove all residue or waste products, as well as signs, decor, etc. at the end of the exhibit.
  • Exhibitors assumes all risk and liability associated with the event including theft and climate weather of any type.

Exhibitors must notify event organizers in advance if they are unable to attend the event for any reason. All cancellations must be made by phone or email.

Exhibitors can begin setting up at 6:45 AM and be ready by 8:30 AM. The Exhibit Hall will be open until 5:00 PM. The break-down time will be from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.

The $ave Green Be Green Conference is mainly indoors and will take place rain or shine. With exceptions for cases of extreme or dangerous weather, the event will take place regardless of rain, heat, or cold. In cases of severe weather, event organizers may cancel the event. Exhibitors will be notified of cancellations.

In no event, shall D-ONE, the City and County of Denver, and event organizers, nor their representatives, contractors, nor sponsors of the Event be responsible for any injury, loss nor damage that may occur to the Exhibitor’s employees, agents, contractors, representatives, or property from any cause whatsoever. It is the Exhibitor’s responsibility to protect machinery, and exhibits so that no injury will result to the public visitors, guests, or persons, or property. If property does not appear to be properly maintained, it will be promptly withdrawn from the event site. All property of the Exhibitor is understood to remain in Exhibitor’s care, custody and control in transit to, from, or within the confines of the event area. The Exhibitors expressly release, hold, keep, save harmless and indemnify the foregoing persons and entities, named organizations and committees, and individuals from and against all claims for such a loss, damage, or injury.

D-ONE, the City and County of Denver, and event organizers shall not be liable for any cancellations, delays or failures in performance due to circumstances beyond its control. In case of cancellation of the Event or unavailability of the Event Space for specified use due to war, governmental action or order, act of God including, but not limited to, weather, fire, strike, labor disputes, or any other cause beyond D-ONE, the City and County of Denver, and event organizers’ control, this agreement shall terminate. In case of damage to the Exhibitor through war, governmental action or order, act of God, including, but not limited to, weather fire, strike, labor disputes, or any other cause beyond D-ONE, the City and County of Denver, and event organizers’ control, the Exhibitor expressly waives all liability and completely releases and holds harmless D-ONE, the City and County of Denver, and event organizers of and from any and all claims for damage to person and property and agrees that D-ONE, the City and County of Denver, and event organizers shall have no liability whatsoever. 

Media Kit

Thank you for your interest in promoting the 5th Annual $ave Green Be Green Conference. Our partners are the main driving force for raising awareness of the conference. We appreciate your efforts in spreading the word!

External Partners Media Kit