Green is Gold for Zocalo Community Development – Colorado News

Green is Gold for Zocalo Community Development – Colorado News

Once again, Zocalo Community Development Inc. has brought home the Gold.

The Denver-based developer’s Coda Apartments in Cherry Creek has been awarded the LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The 12-story, 185-unit apartment tower opened a year ago at First Avenue and Steele Street.

Susan Maxwell stands in front of the Coda, which is a LEED Gold-certified apartment tower in Cherry Creek North.

“A carefully considered strategy on community engagement, sustainability and livability directed every aspect of the design, construction and management of Coda,” according to Susan Maxwell, chief operating officer at Zocalo.

“Aside from the environmental benefits, residents enjoy a walk score of 91, which allows them to be within walking and biking distance to many of Cherry Creek’s restaurants, retailers, attractions and businesses, and lessens the need for individual vehicle transportation,” Maxwell added.

The Coda isn’t Zocalo’s first green rodeo.

Sustainability and energy-efficient developments have been core values since Zocalo was founded by David Zucker a dozen years ago.

The company walks the green walk.

All told, its properties’ sustainability features have:

  • Saved 5.8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, enough to power 1,762 homes for a year;
  • Kept 280.9 million pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air, the equivalent CO2 generated by 20,895 cars for a year; and
  • Saved 15.7 million gallons of water, enough for 783,052 showers.
Being green doesn’t mean ugly, as the rooftop deck of Coda shows.

Maxwell recently answered questions for me on Zocalo’s commitment to green building.

Susan Maxwell

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