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Certifiably Green Denver

Certifiably Green Denver provides free, confidential, non-regulatory environmental assistance to Denver’s business community. The program helps your business find opportunities to improve efficiency and profitability while minimizing environmental liability through pollution prevention. Sustainability advisers are provided at no cost and begin by visiting your business to complete a comprehensive assessment identifying ways to conserve.



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Green Business of the Month: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery and Certifiably Green Denver began working together in the early days of the green restaurant movement and they were the first restaurant to be certified in 2009.

Now with all three Denver locations certified, Snooze is pushing sustainability in other markets as they rapidly expand to more cities across the country. Sustainability is part of the culture. “Snooze believes in doing the responsible thing for people and the planet. Each month our Snoozers learn about a different aspect of being Green. From composting and recycling about 90 percent of our waste to focusing on resource conservation and using responsible materials, we’re working to help create a better world for future generations.”

To honor their longstanding commitment to sustainability, Certifiably Green Denver presented Snooze with a 2016 Greenovator Award. Snooze’s more recent sustainable achievements include:

  • Switched to reusable coffee cups while customers are waiting to be seated.
  • Tracking how employees get to work to gauge alternate transportation incentive needs.
  • Reconfigured cold storage space to increase capacity and vent compressors to the roof, reducing the need for added air-conditioning in the kitchen.  The chefs approve!
  • Providing educational tours to staff to learn the values of recycling, composting, local food production, etc. 
  • Constantly monitoring portion sizes to provide great value and minimize food waste.

About Green Business of the Month:
 Each month, certified green businesses have the opportunity to be honored as the Green Business of the Month by telling CGD about their ongoing green activities and new projects. CGD selects the Green Business of the Month by evaluating which projects are most impactful, unique, and engaging. The chosen business will recognized on our website, Facebook page and presented with a certificate. Get in touch with your advisor or email us to tell us about your recent projects!

Sustainability advisors at the City are provided at no-cost to Denver business owners.
Step 1 - Schedule a walk through assessment of your business with one of our advisors. Call 720-865-5457

Step 2 - After the assessment is complete, your adviser will work with you to prioritize and implement practices that benefit your business. Program advisers are available to provide assistance whether you are interested in single measures or overall certification.

Don't see your business on the list below? Don't worry. We provide custom certifications and are always looking to certify new business sectors.

Fire on the Mountain (Case Study PDF) - Restaurant
Wynkoop Dental (Case Study PDF) - Dental Office
Snooze (Case Study PDF) -Restaurant
Headlines Salon (Case Study PDF) - Salon
Green Garage (Case Study PDF) - Auto Shop
Postmodern (Case Study PDF) - Energy Loans
Hooked on Colfax (Case Study PDF) -Restaurant/Cafe

The City and County of Denver does not endorse or recommend any third party product, or service.

Click on the appropriate link below to download a PDF with information on Certification Programs for the following business types:

Through Certifiably Green Denver, the City and County of Denver offers low-cost energy loans for Denver's business community.
If you're planning to implement energy projects, but lack the upfront capital, your Sustainability Adviser through Certifiably Green Denver can help you determine if a low-cost energy loan through the program is right for you.

What is the Loan Process Like?

  1. You must own a business in the City or County of Denver. These loans also available in Boulder County through the EnergySmart program.
  2. You may obtain pre-approval by applying for an Energy Loan - contact us for details or call
  3. Once your application is approved, a loan officer will work with you on next steps.
  4. Now you are ready to start working with your Contractor on your energy projects!
  5. Our Energy Loans were created specifically for this program and are managed by Elevations Credit Union. 

Certified Green Businesses & Locations

Addison Auto Repair & Body Shop 
Denver Police Department Fleet Maintenance
Mancinellis Auto Repair

Certified Green Business Map

Below is a Map of Certified Green Business Partners. Don't see your favorite shop or hangout on the list? Have them contact a free Sustainability Advisor and we'll help them get started at 720-865-5457.

Click here to view full map in Google.


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Get Recertified

Certified Businesses: Click below to complete your annual recertification form.