Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) is committed to ensuring marijuana facilities operate safely with little environmental impact.
In early 2016, DDPHE developed the Cannabis Sustainability Workgroup to determine best practices, and develop a manual and other educational resources for the industry. Workgroup members include industry leaders and groups, local government, and consultants.
Denver’s Cannabis Sustainability Work Group promotes sustainability through the development and distribution of best management practices and facilitation between the cannabis industry, community, and energy and sustainability experts. The work group strives to develop realistic, impactful, and verifiable guidelines supported by data about the industry’s baseline impact on the environment and measurements of reductions in negative impacts.
The Cannabis Sustainability Work Group released the Cannabis Environmental Best Practices Guide in October 2017. The purpose of the Guide is to provide cannabis cultivation businesses with a snapshot of relevant sustainable practices and a starting point for process optimization techniques that facilitate continual improvement. The Guide was written with input from sustainability experts and numerous stakeholders in the cannabis industry. If you have questions, or would like to contribute to future updates to the Guide, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certifiably Green Denver provides free, confidential, non-regulatory environmental assistance to Denver’s business community. Staff are dedicated to providing tailored advising to all types of businesses, including marijuana.
The next Cannabis Sustainability Work Group meeting will be held on Thursday, February 22 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at 200 W 14th Ave in the Grand Mesa room.
2017 Meeting Minutes
2016 Meeting Minutes
The 2017 symposium, hosted by the Organic Cannabis Association with in-kind support from Denver Departmetn of Public Health and Environment, was held on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 in downtown Denver. Denver Relief Consulting generously supported this event as a Sustaining Sponsor. This event aimed to educate attendees on the latest tools, techniques and technologies for efficient and safe cannabis production. The organizers, the Cannabis Sustainability Work Group, convened top experts from across the country to present on the industry's key environmental challenges and best management practices, including energy efficiency, water management and waste minimization.
2017 Cannabis Sustainability Symposium Presentations