Since I was elected to Denver City Council in 2011, I’ve expanded access to open spaces in the City and advanced policies to promote energy efficiency. The natural beauty of our region is at the heart of what we love about Denver, and just because our federal government has turned its back on climate change doesn’t mean we can’t be bold and make an impact in Denver.

Open Space:

As our city grows and changes, it’s important to maintain and sustain open space, parks, community gardens, and places to experience the outdoors for all communities. I’ve been a strong voice for open space investments in major redevelopment areas, and I led the effort to fulfill the community’s vision of transforming a blighted area in Globeville into the Platte Farm Open Space for residents to safely enjoy. The vision will become a reality in 2019. I’ve supported increased funding for parks in past budgets, but I also believe the time has come to move the city toward the dedication of specific funding to acquire land and build more parks and open space, to ensure we can keep pace sustainably into the future. 

Curbside Composting:

As a way to reduce our use of landfills, I have been a leading advocate for city-wide curbside composting, which is now available in every neighborhood. The next step is to ensure composting is available free to every household, along with incentives to recycle/compost that reduce the high volume of material going to the landfill that could have been diverted.

Climate and Energize Denver:

I participated in the creation of the Energize Denver ordinance, which requires large commercial and multifamily building owners to measure and publicly report their building’s energy performance. 85% of buildings over 50,000 square feet complied in the first year. Just the act of measuring and reporting energy usage results in owners taking steps to improve building energy efficiency. As the largest source of emissions within the City of Denver, improving building efficiency will help protect Denver’s quality of life and strengthen our economy. This is the first step to understanding and reducing energy consumption. The next step is ensuring that buildings with low scores are working to improve them.

Denver also must lead by example and accelerate the energy efficiency upgrades of our own building stock, utilizing unique financing that helps us pay back improvements over time through the savings of lower energy bills.

Lastly, it is time to set a concrete deadline and engage in strong negotiations with our utility partners for transforming the sources of energy in Denver to 100% renewables. Scientific evidence strongly points to 2030 as the right benchmark to aim for in terms of the climate. We need to confirm the path to achieving that goal and either commit to it or make the necessary adjustments.

News From the Campaign:

The Personal is Political – Join Us at Saturday’s Womxn’s March

By: Robin Kniech As our foremothers taught us, for women especially, the personal is political. In 2017 I was honored and privileged to speak at the first Women’s March. This year I’m inviting you to join me, Denver’s women and all those who support the fight against all forms of oppression in the 2019 Womxn’s March, … Continued

Passionate About Robin and Women’s Leadership

By: Jordan Fouts, Campaign Manager, Kniech for Council At-Large My name is Jordan Fouts, and I’m taking a break from my career in community service to run Robin’s re-election campaign. I’m passionate about electing women to public office, and about the contributions Robin has made and can continue to make for Denver. I’m writing today … Continued

Important LGBTQ Legislation, Shocking Opposition

By Robin Kniech There’s big news in Denver. I’ve been supporting the LGBTQ Commission in bringing forward a ban on the discredited practice of trying to “convert” queer and trans youth in Denver, and Wednesday it unanimously passed out of committee. Pending passage by the full Council in January, Denver would join more than 40 … Continued