“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead


control_tower_jpgBeginnings of an Idea To Change Denver’s World

In the early 1990s, just such a small group of thoughtful people started thinking about the same thing. Led by a visionary named Sam Gary, though he would probably never claim leadership, they all started thinking about this:

What happens to seven square miles of runways, prairie, weeds, tons of leaked jet fuel and noxious chemicals, a control tower and one used, fairly out-of-date airport when the new airport opens?


“The Stapleton site will be a network of urban villages, employment centers and significant open spaces, all linked by a commitment to the protection of natural resources and the development of human resources.” 1-3, The Green Book


The Green Book

In 2015, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of “The Green Book,” the seminal document that envisioned what could and should happen to those 7 square miles of the former Stapleton Airport.

Explore this site to learn more about how that small group of people, and later a much larger one, brought an incredible idea to life, the objectives set and progress made, and what the Stapleton Foundation is doing now.