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Certifiably Green Denver


Sustainability is more than a trend. It's good business. By reducing waste and taking steps toward being more sustainable, you can save on your utility bills, improve your space's function and comfort, and better engage your employees and customers.

We make it easy for your business to go green. Expert advisers will work with you to create a personalized plan for your business and help you implement it at your own pace to reach your sustainability goals. If you choose to go further to complete a set of criteria in energy efficiency, water conservation, resource conservation, alternative transportation and business management, we will certify and promote you as a Certified Green Business. And we do it all for free.

Sign up for a one-hour consultation. You'll join a community of almost 2,000 Denver businesses working with us to make Denver a greener city. We're excited to help your business become Certifiably Green!


Certifiably Green Denver is conducting a pilot with nine restaurants in the Highland neighborhood to address food waste. The four-fold approach includes:

Prevention: Each restaurant will adopt one food waste prevention strategy to try for the duration of the pilot

Donation:  We Don’t Waste will pick up donatable food from restaurants three times per week as needed and will redistribute it to organizations that can provide meals for those in need.

Compost: Each restaurant will be provided with free compost service for the duration of the pilot, along with staff training, signage, interior bins and compostable liners.

Measure: Certifiably Green Denver will conduct waste audits for each restaurant at the beginning and end of the pilot to measure the impact that the abovementioned measures have on their food waste diversion.



Ale House


Bar Dough

The Bindery

Black Eye Coffee

Little Man Ice Cream

Ohana Island Kitchen


Wooden Spoon Cafe & Bakery


Special thanks to our partners:



Alpine Waste & Recycling

Eat Denver

Edible Beats- Root Down


We Don’t Waste


We make it easy for you to make your business more eco-friendly. We'll work with you to create a personalized plan to reach your sustainability goals and provide resources and expertise to help you to implement it. We can also help you become a Certified Green Business if that's your goal. And we do it all for free. Here are the steps:
  1.  Assess: We offer free, personalized assessments from sustainability experts that identify the best opportunities for businesses to become more efficient and less wasteful.
  2.  Plan: We create actionable plans that remove guesswork and headache from implementation while finding ways to maximize cost savings.
  3.  Connect: We connect you to the resources you need to successfully implement sustainable practices.
  4.  Certify: We'll certify your business to make you more marketable to employees and customers alike.
  5.  Promote: We won't create a Super Bowl commercial for you, but we will include your business in our Certifiably Green Denver advertising and publicity efforts.


Here's how we'll make you more sustainable:

  • Energy Efficiency: We'll help you identify easy changes to reduce your energy use such as reprogramming thermostats, managing equipment, installing LED lighting, which remains the most cost-effective improvement, and more.
  • Water Conservation: A few simple tweaks can save thousands of gallons a year. We'll help you switch to low-flow toilets, install sink aerators and more.
  • Resource Management: We'll show you a few things you can do to reduce waste, green your purchasing practices, and set up successful recycling systems.
  • Alternative Transportation: Encouraging your employees and customers to walk, bike, and take public transportation will not only make them happier, it'll make out air cleaner too.
  • Business Management: We'll help you verify that you are compliant with all acceptable environmental standards, engage your workforce to continue improving your environmental and social impacts, and publicize your accomplishments.

DaVita (Case Study PDF) - Transportation

Seattle Fish Company (Case Study PDF) - Water

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.

Certifiably Green Denver has worked with a broad range of business sectors and has developed certifications for most. Here are some examples of certification checklists for a sampling of sectors:

Don't see your business sector listed here? Contact us!

PACE Financing

Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) is a new financing program for commercial, industrial, agricultural, non-profit and multifamily properties that enables building owners to finance 100 percent of eligible energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements with repayment terms of up to 20 years.

Repayment is facilitated through the County property tax assessment process. Visit to learn more

Best for Colorado is a statewide initiative led by a coalition of 30 businesses and government groups, including the City and County of Denver, that invites all Colorado companies to strive to be the best for Colorado's workers, commuities, and the environment. 

The landmark program kicked off in May of 2017, and is asking 500 Colorado copanies to complete the Best for Colorado Challenge by December 11, 2017. 

The Best for Colorado Challenge is a free, online tool that helps businesses learn what is best pracitce - best business practice in creating higher quality jobs, stronger communities, and preseving hte environment. Once businesses complete the Challenge, the tool shows how they compare to other companies regarding these practices and provides pointers on how to improve.

For more information, visit

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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