Denver strives for all businesses to operate as sustainably as possible. We work to research and share best practices in the cannabis industry to reduce their climate and environmental impact and partner to advance programs and policy.
The Cannabis Sustainability Work Group was formed in 2016 with a mission to promote sustainability in the cannabis industry through education, the development and dissemination of best practices, and the facilitation of dialogue between the cannabis industry, the community, and technical experts. Members of the workgroup represent a variety of stakeholders, including cannabis business owners, consultants and contractors, government, and sustainability and policy experts. Each member of the Work Group participates in one of four committees: Events & Outreach, Best Management Practices & Data, Policy, or Symposium.
The 2020 Work Group Members are:
Sue Aberle, The Health Center
Andrew Alfred, LivWell Enlightened Health
Tyler Ammerman, Gannett Fleming Project Development Corp.
Amy Andrle, L'Eagle
Dan Banks, Lightshade
Andrew Bennett, Energy Outreach Colorado
Bia Campbell, Denver Office of Marijuana Policy
Karuna Chourey, Growcentia
Meg Collins, Good Chemistry
Courtney Cotton, Denver Recycles- City & County of Denver
Anne Marie Doyle, Nuvolution
Catherine Drumheller, Oak Services, LLC
Sandra Elkind, STO Respoinsible
Ben Gelt, Cannabis Certification Council
Laura Getts, Pueblo
Fran Gindi, Ajoya
Tiffany Goldman, The Health Center
Josh Holleb, Ceres Greenhouses
Neil Kolwey, SWEEP
Nikki Kujawski, Stillwater Brands
Penny Komes, Terrapin Station
Matt Lindsey, Charlotte’s Web
Andrew Livingston, Vicente Sederberg, LLC
Josh Malman, JushiCo
Jared Marchand, REG
Jarrod Mason, YouWho/Cannabis Certification Council
Leslie McAhren, University of Colorado
Joe Megyesy, Good Chemistry
Becky Migas, B Green Events
Jake Mitchell, Sustainabis
Sheilah Ophaug, Allay Consulting
Jacob Policzer, The Cannabis Conservancy
Samantha Reifer, Scale Microgrid Solutions
Susan Renaud, Denver Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency
Brandon Rhea, Native Roots
Lucy Rose, YouWho/Cannabis Certification Council
Derek Smith, RII
Kim Stuck, Allay Consulting
Joe Sullivan, Cultivate EO
Ambra Sutherlin, Boulder County
Kaitlin Urso, CDPHE
The Cannabis Sustainability Work Group released the Cannabis Environmental Best Management Practices Guide 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 email@example.com.
Cannabis Environmental Best Management Practices Guide - Updated October 2019
Packaging Recycling Fact Sheet - Updated April 2019
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 Cannabis Sustainability Work Group holds public meetings bi-monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month. The first meeting of 2020 will be held on January 30th from 1:30 to 3:00 PM, 101 W. Colfax Ave. Suite 800.
2019 Meeting Minutes
2018 Meeting Minutes
For copies of minutes from meetings prior to what is shown here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2019 Cannabis Sustainability Symposium will be held on October 4th at the Hyatt Regency Denver.
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New! This year, cannabis companies have the opportunity to be recognized as sustainability leaders at the Cannabis Sustainability Awards. Learn more and apply by August 16th.
2017 Cannabis Sustainability Symposium Presentations
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