2018 Award - Plant Select gives its first HOA Partner Award to our neighborhood
Cherry Creek 3’s ongoing efforts to re-landscape the neighborhood with attractive, low-water plants, has caught the attention of the Plant Select organization. During its annual meeting at Denver Botanic Gardens in June, Plant Select leaders surprised Cherry Creek 3 with a newly-created award.
This is the first time Plant Select® has awarded a homeowners association with an HOA Partnership Award.
Plant Select Executive Director Ross Shrigley said, “My first visit to Cherry Creek 3 HOA opened my eyes to the efforts this HOA has put forth to make positive landscape changes. It was inspirational enough to recognize that Plant Select® needed to offer a category for an HOA award. My research of other HOAs made it obvious that no other HOA deserves an award more than the Cherry Creek 3 Townhouse Corp. They have gone far above, making the required significant, measurable changes in their landscape to earn this award - and they are not planning to stop.
“Their years of making changes and promoting the mission of Plant Select® reflect a forward-thinking leadership that recognizes that Colorado needs to change what is planted in our landscapes. Those needed changes include increasing water conservation, creating habitat-friendly plants and using sustainable landscape practices (irrigation) for our semi-desert steppe climate,” Mr. Shrigley said. “Cherry Creek 3 is one of the few HOA's in Colorado that has put forth the grand effort of bringing everyone in their association together and on board with these changes. That is no small feat.”
“Plant Select® hopes our new HOA Partnership Award will challenge and guide (with the assistance of previous winners) other HOAs to more beautiful and sustainable landscapes,” Mr. Shrigley said. “Cherry Creek 3 should be proud of the work they have put into winning this award. Thank you Cherry Creek III for being the first to earn the Plant Select® HOA Partnership Award.”
Cherry Creek 3 has installed more than 90 of the 135 plant species recommended by Plant Select. The plants are featured on Plant Select’s website (www.plantselect.org) and in its recent book, “Pretty Tough Plants.”
Plant Select is a non-profit organization, a collaboration of Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado State University, nurseries, garden centers and gardening professionals. The Colorado-based organization has participation from several neighboring states, including Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas.
More than 200 people attended the 2018 Plant Select annual meeting in June. Cherry Creek 3 Board President Don Ireland (now retired) and Lynn, his wife and an avid gardener, accepted the newly-created award on behalf of the neighborhood.
2016 Award: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment bestows Bronze Award to CC3 as the HOA became the first in state history named to the Environmental Leadership Program
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will recognized 169 companies Oct. 5 for outstanding environmental achievements that help keep Colorado a desirable place to work and live. The department, in partnership with the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board and the Colorado Environmental Partnership, presented the 17th annual Environmental Leadership Awards at the McNichols Civic Center Building . More than 400 government, business and community leaders attended.
The awards recognize Colorado organizations with gold, silver and bronze designations for voluntarily going beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and for their commitment to continual environmental improvement.
“We are proud to recognize all of Colorado’s environmental leaders and work with them to reduce barriers to innovation while protecting public health and the environment,” said department Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Wolk.
This year’s program recognizes 15 new Gold Leaders, which join 90 other companies and organizations already designated as Gold Leaders. The new Gold Leaders include Gates Company, Prologis and Vail Public Library. There currently are 37 companies designated as Silver Partners and 27 companies designated as Bronze Achievers.
The 2016 24-Karat Gold Award winners were named at the event. 24-Karat Gold Award winners are individuals or teams, nominated by other Gold Leaders, who have gone above and beyond required job duties to create and implement a program or initiative that made a measurable contribution to the environment, the economy and society. The Colorado Environmental Leadership Program is open to all Colorado businesses, industries, offices, educational institutions, municipalities, government agencies, communities, nonprofits and other organizations.
Cherry Creek 3 HOA is listed on the CDPHE ELP awardees web site:
Cherry Creek 3's logo and information was listed in the event's signs and booklets in addition to the Association receiving the ion receiving the award signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
2015 Award : Colorado WaterWise names Cherry Creek 3 as its statewide 2015 Water Conservation Awardee!
The Colorado WaterWise organization, a state-wide association of water suppliers, engineers, water professionals and environmentalists, presented our HOA with its 2015 Liz Gardener Water Conservation Award, citing the Association's success in reducing water consumption by more than 15 million gallons of water per year. The savings came as the results of a major landscaping retrofit and installation of more than 400 high-efficiency toilets during the past several years under the leadership of the HOA Board and former President Don Ireland. The award was presented at the annual Colorado WaterWise Summit in Denver on Oct. 29.
This is the first time Colorado WaterWise has given the award to a non-conservation organization or professional group in the state, so "thank you" to all residents who care about water conservation and "use only what they need!"
Note: The annual CWW award is named for Denver native Liz Gardner, longtime manager for Denver Water's conservation programs.
2014 Award: Cherry Creek 3 is Colorado's first HOA to receive the Rocky Mountain Audubon Society's Habitat Hero Award!
Audubon Rockies named Cherry Creek 3 as the state's first HOA as a Habitat Hero award winner in 2014 because its renovated landscaping, including wildscaping, conserves water while serving as a place friendly to pollinators, including birds, bees, hummingbirds and butterflies.
"Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home," is a 90-minute environmental documentary discussing issues in the national eco-system and how everyday groups and individuals are working to bring pollinating species back into urban and suburban settings across America. In the Colorado segment of the movie, Cherry Creek 3 is featured because of its several-year Landscape Improvement Project that significantly lowered the Association's annual water consumption by millions of gallons.
For information on the movie, please visit: www.themeadowproject.com
Hometown Habitat has been seen by tens of thousands of people nationwide since its release in 2016.
"Doing More with Less: The Challenge and Opportunity of Water Efficiency." Award-winning Denver film company Havey Productions (www.haveypro.com) created this 11-minute documentary about water efficiency for the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the One World One Water Center at Metropolitan State University.
In the documentary, former HOA President Don Ireland has a speaking role and you can see residents Mary Paschal, Renate Canino, Bob Holley, Julie Barnes, Brian Barnes, Gail Hume, Bob & Kathy Marshall and Lynn Ireland planting or working in the Community Garden.
Check out this great video
Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado Native Plant Society featured Cherry Creek 3 on their 2017 garden tour schedules:.
The Colorado Native Plant Society (CONPS.ORG), which has chapters across Colorado, hosted a tour of several Denver area gardens. Cherry Creek 3 was the only HOA that will be part of the tour.
Denver Botanic Gardens' tour of water-wise gardens in June 2017 the metro area included Cherry Creek 3. This is the first time the Botanic Gardens has scheduled a tour of a Denver area HOA.
In the past few years, many Front Range garden clubs and HOA leaders from throughout the Front Range have visited Cherry Creek 3 to learn how a water-wise landscape might benefit their neighborhoods.
Cherry Creek 3 has been featured in magazines, e-newsletters, podcasts and other media outlets many times in recent years. The majority of the stories focus on the community's successful conservation efforts and how changing the landscaping have resulted in positive benefits. Below are just a sampling of those stories.