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Feb 01, 2018

Resolve to Recycle More in 2018

A new year is upon us, and as with tradition, it’s time to reflect, set goals, and make commitments for the new year. This year, Denver Recycles encourages Denverites to make their 2018 New Year’s resolution to reduce their trash by recycling and composting even more. Doing so not only keeps our community and environment clean, it also supports Denver’s recycling and composting goal of keeping 34% of our waste out of the landfill by 2020. Currently, Denver recycles and composts about 21% of its waste. Let’s do better in 2018!

Feb 01, 2018

16th Street Mall Renovation

The City and County of Denver and the Regional Transportation District (RTD) are recommending a design for reconstruction of the 16th Street Mall that would expand sidewalks for walking, café seating and other activities, and move transit lanes to the center or offset-center of each block. These updates are designed to enhance the Mall experience for visitors while improving pedestrian safety and mobility on the city’s most transit-rich street. The proposed design would update and modernize the Mall’s deteriorating infrastructure, while honoring its iconic look. It is a modified version of one of the options released in October 2017, refined this winter based on input from downtown workers, Mall businesses and the broader community. There will be two Open House Public Meetings on March 8th from 12-1 and again from 5-6 at the RTD Board Room at 1660 Blake St. All are welcome to come and share their feedback on the proposal.

Feb 01, 2018

Denver Solicits Nominations for Healthy Communities Awards

Do you know an outstanding community partner working to build healthy communities in Denver? We want to know about it. Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment is excited to host the fourth annual Denver Healthy Communities Awards (HCAs) to recognize exemplary public and private organizations and community partners that are leading the way in public and environmental health. The HCAs focus on organizations, projects or individuals engaged in efforts to protect and/or improve the health of Denver’s environment, residents, buildings and pets.

Feb 01, 2018

Denver's Green Roof Initiative

The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) has began a formal stakeholder engagement and public input process to review and possibly modify the Green Roof’s ordinance. DDPHE has formed a Green Roofs Review Task Force of stakeholders to develop recommended modifications, clarifications, and improvements to the initiative. The Green Roofs Review Task Force meetings are open to the public to attend. 

Feb 01, 2018

Denver Water’s Cross-Connection Control Program

On Monday, January 22nd, Denver Water's crews began surveying properties in District 5 as part of their Cross-Connection Control Program. The program protects the public water supply from pollutants and contaminants that could, under certain circumstances, be drawn into the public water supply from private properties. Backflow prevention assemblies attached to a customer’s plumbing system prevent water from being drawn back into the public water supply.

Feb 01, 2018

MY Denver PRIME Card

Denver residents ages 60 and older can now receive free recreation center memberships through My Denver PRIME—a new city program with a goal of keeping older adults active, healthy and engaged in their community through free access to Denver’s recreation centers and pools, including drop-in fitness classes and clubs.

Feb 01, 2018

Free Trees from The Park People

Applications for free and low-cost trees from the Park People’s Denver Digs Trees program are due February 15th. Organizers say some species are already starting to sell out. Planting new trees is an excellent way to combat the expected loss of trees from the emerald ash borer. To complete an application or get more information, text ‘TREE’ to 797979, visit www.TheParkPeople.org or call 303-722-6262 for a paper application.

Jan 02, 2018

New Tool Maps Energy Efficiency in Denver Buildings

Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) launched an interactive map showing how buildings across the city rank in terms of energy efficiency. The Building Energy Performance Map displays buildings’ ENERGY STAR scores, which reflect each structure’s energy efficiency on a 1–100 scale. Similar to the miles per gallon rating for vehicles, ENERGY STAR scores allow building occupants, owners and tenants to compare performance across buildings to make better-informed business decisions — and learn whether their buildings operate like hybrid vehicles or gas guzzlers.

Jan 02, 2018

Recycle your holiday lights

Do you have broken, burned-out or impossibly tangled sets of holiday lights stored away with last year’s holiday decorations? Don’t throw them out. Recycle them for free instead! Denver Recycles will collect and recycle holiday lights from November 15, 2017 to January 15, 2018 at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off Center located near the intersection of S. Quebec St. and E. Cherry Creek South Drive (enter going south on Cherry Creek Drive South and follow the signs. The Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off hours of operation are Tuesdays - Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm. The Drop-off is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and City holidays.

Jan 02, 2018

Recycle Your Holiday Tree with Denver’s Treecycle Program

Recycling your holiday tree is as easy as ever thanks to Denver Recycles’ annual Treecycle program. For every tree recycled with Treecycle, Denver residents help keep organic material out of the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create mulch that is made available to Denver residents for free at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May. Participating in Treecycle is easy, free, and truly a no-brainer. Last year, Denver residents recycled more than 20,000 trees. Participate in this year’s Treecycle program and help Denver recycle even more!