We welcome you to join one of the standing committees that are helping to advance Metro DNA’s programmatic and organizational goals. Below is the contact information for committee chairs, as well as standing meeting times (if available).
Communications Committee: Second Tuesdays of the month at 3pm
After several years as an informal, volunteer-led coalition, we are excited to transition to an official partner Alliance. As part of this transition, we soon will become a dues-paying Alliance. From August to September 2018, we will collect dues for the 2019 calendar year. We invite non-profit, government, research, and private sector partners whose work aligns with Metro DNA’s mission to join the Alliance and participate in its collaborative work. Benefits of Metro DNA Partnership
Metro DNA is cultivating a diverse, inclusive alliance dedicated to building healthier communities and natural places across the region. We are committed to providing partners with multiple benefits, including:
▪ New connections: We will help partners establish relationships with a diverse set of individuals and organizations across the metro Denver region through collaborative working groups, regular in-person meetings, and online communication forums.
▪ Greater alignment: We will support partners in forging connections across complementary programmatic efforts to share information, pool resources, and co-develop joint strategies.
▪ Increased capacity: We will assist partners in accessing new resources to advance their work, including trainings, best practices information, and staff support for collaborative projects and working groups.
▪ Expanded reach: We will elevate partners’ nature-based efforts and collaborative projects, so they gain greater visibility locally and regionally.
▪ Leveraged resources: We will enable partners to attract more public and private funds for their work due to their greater strategic alignment.
▪ Shared vision: We will facilitate partners’ collaboration to co-create a compelling long-term vision and integrated strategies that can guide efforts across the region toward shared long-term goals, ultimately creating transformative change.
Metro DNA wants to ensure participation is attainable for all entities, regardless of staff size or operating budget. As a result, we have designed our dues structure to be broadly accessible. Below are key details about becoming an official partner of Metro DNA:
▪ Minimal Dues: We utilize a sliding scale (attached). Organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $100K can contact Metro DNA to make alternative arrangements.
▪ Signed Partnership Agreement: We ask all partners to sign a partnership agreement, outlining their alignment with Metro DNA’s mission and agreement to key values and principles.
With the help of the Trust for Public Land, the Metro Denver Nature Alliance has put together models that analyze access to existing parks and open space. The analysis incorporates a two-step approach:
determines where there are gaps in public park availability across the landscape, and constructs a demographic profile to identify gaps with the most urgent need for public parkland, and
incorporates natural space opportunities based on land use and cover characteristics, schools, community gardens, and potential for certified backyard wildlife habitat areas.
The two components are combined using an equal weighted sum computation. These maps were created using a weighted overlay analysis based on the following criteria:
Proposed Parks and Open Space
Natural Land Cover
Potential for certified backyard wildlife habitat areas