Denver's Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is dedicated to helping build, promote and maintain healthy communities through public health and environmental education, engagement, and enforcement of Denver's city ordinances.
In an effort to encourage and recognize the efforts of partners dedicated to furthering the city's work in ensuring healthy, livable communities, DEH has launched the Denver Healthy Communities Awards. The awards are focused on organizations, projects or individuals engaged in efforts to protect and/or improve the environment in Denver (clean air, land, and water), promote healthy people through improved food or child safety, access to healthy food, healthy built environments, or activities that promote healthy pets and improve the lives of animals, or in the community at-large.
Nominees can include nonprofit and private organizations, and individuals in the three categories below. Projects or strategies must show significant impact on the city of Denver. Individual nominations for the Good Neighbor Award must reside in the City of Denver. City agencies are not eligible to apply but can be a partner in the effort. Self nominations are accepted.
Designed to recognize individuals and organizations that employ innovative strategies, processes, or technologies to improve public health and/or the environment in Denver. Examples include but are not limited to:
Designed to encourage, recognize and reward local individuals, companies, and nonprofit organizations that have consistently met or exceeded applicable standards established through recognized best practices, regulation or certification.
In order to qualify, all applicants must be in good standing with other local, state, and federal agencies that maintain any form of regulatory oversight of the applicant's business, trade, or profession, and 6 months or more of meeting or exceeding the regulated compliance standard. All applicants would be evaluated each year in comparison to the accomplishments and strenghts of other competing applications.
Designed to recognize individuals and organizations that have a longstanding commitment to protecting and/or improving the environment in Denver (clean air, land, and water), or promoting healthy people through improved access to healthy food, healthy built environments, or promoting healthy pets through activities at the animal shelter or in the community at-large.
Eligible applicants would be working to:
Public and Environmental Health Innovation Award: Denver Food Rescue (winner) and Rocky Mountain Climate Organization
Excellence In Compliance Award: Springhill Suites - Denver Downtown at MSU and Work Options for Women (winner)
Public and Environmental Health Good Neighbor Award: A Little Help and Metro Caring (winner)
Public and Environmental Health Innovation Award: City Park Time Bank and Weigh and Win (winner)
Excellence In Compliance Award: Early Excellence Program of Denver (winner) and Village Inn (4850 Federal Blvd)
Public and Environmental Health Good Neighbor Award: Chanda Plan Foundation and Walk2Connect (winner)
Denver Environmental Health partners with Dener Public Health to provide services related to birth and death certificates, clinical care, and educatinal opportunities, among others.
Denver Office of Sustainability works to ensure policies and practices will protect the city's resources for the future.