DENVER (October 28, 2019) – September 2019 marked the 10-year anniversary of the Certifiably Green Denver program; a division of Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment, which provides free assistance to local businesses looking to increase the environmental sustainability of their operations.
Six short weeks later, and only three months into his first-term as an elected official, Councilman Chris Hinds’ office met all criteria necessary to be certified with the City program. The “Perfect 10” Council office is the first office of a Denver elected official to complete the certification process. Councilman Hinds had this to say about the recent certification:
“In the ‘Perfect 10’ office, we live our values. For example, half of the staff doesn’t own a car, and walking, biking, rolling, or public transit accounts for 90% of our office work commute. Addressing climate change at the local level is a priority to all of us. Climate change is real, and we invite other elected offices and businesses to join us in certifying your commitment to preserve our habitability on this planet.”
Denver’s 10th Council District boasts close to 30 certifications completed by businesses, non-profit organizations, and events. Councilman Hinds and his staff are committed to helping the Certifiably Green office and the District 10 business community increase those numbers. Additionally, Councilman Hinds recognizes that to affect real change, successes must be shared with others. Various Council entities are very close to achieving certification, so Councilman Hinds is offering to share the District 10 criteria checklist to help others reach their goals. He hopes to see this certification process undertaken by all 13 Denver City Council offices. Hinds announced a friendly challenge to his colleagues to certify their individual offices by the end of January, “I think it would be great if the Council could issue a proclamation at the end of January celebrating the certification of every individual Council office and the body as a whole.”
For more information about the Certifiably Green Denver Program, visit denvergov.org/certifiablygreen. To learn more about Councilman Hinds’ priorities for District 10 and Denver, visit denvergov.org/district10.