June 15, 2015 – Denver Environmental Health’s Sustainable Neighborhood Program is excited to announce the selection of the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood to the program. Green Valley Ranch is the sixth neighborhood addition, joining Barnum, Chaffee Park-Regis, North City Park, Villa Park and West Colfax.
Green Valley Ranch will focus around five sustainability initiatives: water efficiency, increase recycling, healthy food access, anti-idling, and youth. Planned efforts include:
- Encouraging the use of rainwater sensors on sprinkler systems to reduce water use
- Promoting recycling by organizing Green Days, an event featuring appliance and electronics recycling and clothing donation
- Hosting gardening workshops and teaching food preservation
- Organizing an anti-idling campaign and educating high school drivers on safety
- Increasing the number of community volunteers for after school and summer programs
The Sustainable Neighborhoods program helps neighborhoods increase and strengthen their sustainability efforts, while getting support and recognition from the City. Participating neighborhoods receive in-kind support from the City, in the form of outreach materials, printing, venue fees, food, and staff time to assist with outreach and project development.
Applications are solicited twice a year from registered neighborhood organizations, up to two are chosen each round. Appling neighborhoods are evaluated on their ability to implement a variety of projects tied to the program’s five focus areas: air, land, energy, water and people.
Participating Sustainable Neighborhoods earn credits for achieving sustainability goals by completing projects such as offering xeriscaping workshops, holding work days at a local community garden, installing artwork in neighborhood alleys, or encouraging neighbors to commit to making their homes more energy efficient. Depending on the number of credits earned in a given year, neighborhoods can be designated as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood” or an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood.”
To learn more about the program, visit www.SustainableNeighborhoodNetwork.org/Denver.
Denver’s Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is dedicated to advancing Denver’s environmental and public health goals. DEH’s divisions include Animal Protection, Community Health, Environmental Quality, Office of the Medical Examiner, and Public Health Inspections.