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Nov 01, 2017

Denver's 2017 LeafDrop Program to Open Weekend Drop-Off Sites

Is your Jack-O’-Lantern still sitting on the porch from Halloween? Give it a second life and take it to a Denver LeafDrop site for composting! Beginning this Saturday, November 4, six neighborhood LeafDrop locations will open for three weekends. Denver residents can drop-off raked leaves and pumpkins, which will be turned into a high-quality compost for residents to purchase in May.

Oct 31, 2017

Programs to Assist Residents with Utilities and Rental Costs Begin November 1st

The City and County of Denver will expand assistance for residents needing help with energy and utility costs or rental assistance beginning November 1, 2017.

Oct 31, 2017

Independent Evaluator Reports "Early Success is Promising" for Denver's Social impact

Partners of Denver’s first ever Social Impact Bond (SIB) to provide chronically homeless individuals with permanent housing and supportive services today released the results of the first independent evaluation and first subsequent payment to investors. According to the report from the Urban Institute, the program has been successful in its first year, and will result in a first payment of $188,000.

Oct 31, 2017

Mandatory Benchmarking Ordinance Achieves 85% Compliance Rate

Just under a year after passing Energize Denver, an ordinance that requires large commercial and multifamily building owners to measure and publicly report their building’s energy performance, Environmental Health staff reports 85% of buildings over 50,000 square feet are in compliance. The City will publish building energy performance data each year to enable the market to better value energy efficiency, like MPG ratings for cars or nutrition labels on food.

Oct 30, 2017

16th Street Mall Smoking Ban Looks Like a Lock - but Will It Target the Homeless? - Westword

Tonight, October 30, Denver City Council will hear the second reading of a proposed smoking ban for the 16th Street Mall, and it's widely expected to pass despite criticism from assorted community advocates, who fear the measure is a stealthy way to attack homeless individuals who congregate in the area. Sponsoring councilman Albus Brooks insists the policy is about health, not homelessness, and touts protections built into his bill that he sees as guarantees that it won't be abused. Fellow councilman Paul López promises he'll be watching closely to see if that proves to be the case.

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