Exploring Denver's Eco Walk- A Journey of Sustainability at ISTE 2024

Exploring Denver’s Eco Walk: A Journey of Sustainability at ISTE 2024

Picture this: strolling through Denver’s vibrant streets, uncovering hidden gems of sustainability at every turn. That was the thrill of the Eco Walk, a dynamic event co-organized by Take Action Global and Adobe during ISTE 2024. Beyond a simple walk, it was an adventure blending education, inspiration, and eco-friendly innovation.

Importance of Sustainability in Education

Sustainability isn’t just a topic—it’s a lifestyle. Educating ourselves and future generations about sustainable practices is key to preserving our planet. The Eco Walk with TAG and Adobe at ISTE showcased practical applications of sustainability in urban environments, making learning both impactful and enjoyable.

Pre-Walk Expectations

Before setting off, I couldn’t wait to:

  • Uncover the coolest eco-friendly initiatives.
  • Geek out with sustainability gurus and tech wizards.
  • Explore how cities like Denver are leading the charge in green living.

Event Highlights

The journey began at the iconic Big Blue Bear statue at the Colorado Convention Center and led us through a carefully curated route. Here are some of my favorite stops:

  1. The Big Blue Bear (Colorado Convention Center) The landscaping around the Big Blue Bear includes native and drought-resistant plants, which require less water and maintenance. This promotes sustainable landscaping practices, reduces water consumption, and supports local biodiversity. The use of 3D printing for creating sculptures like the Big Blue Bear can be more sustainable than traditional methods. It can reduce material waste and energy consumption. Additionally, the bear is often seen as a symbol of looking into the future, representing Denver’s commitment to a sustainable and eco-friendly future.
  2. Confluence Park: We explored the intersection of urban life and natural beauty, learning about conservation efforts along the Cherry Creek Trail. Confluence Park
  3. Skyline Park: Skyline Park features eco-friendly structures that incorporate green design principles. This includes the use of energy-efficient lighting, water-conserving irrigation systems, and materials sourced from sustainable origins. The park encourages outdoor activities and community events that foster a connection with nature and promote a healthy, active lifestyle, which is integral to sustainable urban living.
  4. Earth Project App: Eco Walkers tracked their steps as well as their impact and effort when it comes to avoiding carbon.
  5. Chalk Your Walk: Throughout the walk, participants were encouraged to chalk their walk and leave messages along the route. These could be reflections, messages of hope or simple images to leave their mark!

We were incredibly fortunate to have a local tour guide, climate action educator Julia Fliss, lead us on our walk through downtown Denver. Julia’s knowledge and enthusiasm were truly inspiring and enriching. Her deep understanding of the local environment, sustainability practices, and the impacts of climate change on urban areas provided us with a comprehensive view of how Denver is addressing environmental challenges.

Julia’s passion for climate action shone through as she shared stories of the city’s green initiatives, from innovative recycling programs to the development of energy-efficient buildings and public transportation systems. She pointed out green spaces and urban gardens, explaining how they contribute to the city’s biodiversity and community well-being.

As we walked, Julia emphasized the importance of local action in the global fight against climate change, encouraging us to think about how we can contribute to sustainability efforts in our own communities. Her engaging storytelling and positive energy made the tour both educational and enjoyable, leaving us with a deeper appreciation for the beauty and resilience of Denver and its commitment to a sustainable future.

In addition, we engaged in discussions led by experts from Adobe and Take Action Global, discussing topics such as renewable energy, waste reduction, and the importance of grassroots initiatives in sustainability.

Personal Reflections

Participating in the Eco Walk was eye-opening. It reinforced the interconnectedness of sustainability with everyday life and inspired me to:

  • Adopt more eco-friendly practices in my daily routine.
  • Advocate for sustainability within my community and workplace.
  • Incorporate lessons learned into educational programs to empower future generations.


The Eco Walk organized by Take Action Global and Adobe at ISTE 2024 was not just a walk; it was a call to action. It underscored the importance of collaboration, education, and individual responsibility in achieving sustainable development goals. As we reflect on this experience, let’s continue to advocate for sustainable practices and integrate them into our lives and communities.

Call to Action

Join me in taking steps towards a sustainable future:

  • Explore local sustainability initiatives in your community.
  • Advocate for sustainable policies and practices.
  • Embrace education as a tool for fostering environmental stewardship.

Let’s walk together towards a greener, more sustainable world.