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Denver Releases Cannabis Cultivation Best Management Practices Guide to Help Cultivators Increase Environmental Sustainability


The Denver Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and the Cannabis Sustainability Working Group released its first Cannabis Environmental Best Management Practices Guide (the Guide). The Guide provides cannabis cultivators with environmental standards related to energy and water use reduction, waste minimization and pest control. 

The Guide also offers cannabis cultivators realistic, impactful and verifiable guidelines supported by data about the industry’s environmental impact and advice on reducing that impact. It is being released ahead of the Cannabis Sustainability Symposium held October 17 and 18 at Embassy Suites Denver Downtown.

The Cannabis Environmental Best Management Practices Guide, and its executive summary, can be found at

The Cannabis Sustainability Symposium, hosted by the Cannabis Certification Council with in-kind support from DEH, will educate attendees on the latest tools, techniques and technologies for efficient and safe cannabis production.  The event gathers experts from across the country to address the unique environmental challenges and opportunities posed by cannabis cultivation. More information can be found at

Denver is currently home to more than 591 active cultivation licenses operating out of 295 locations. Partnering with these business leaders and providing innovative sustainability recommendations will also help Denver lower overall resource consumption, helping the City  to achieve its 80x50 Climate Goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050.