Institute for Environmental Solutions

Partnering with Coloradans in the science of environmental improvement, IES programs provide innovative ways to clean the water you drink and the air you breathe. IES provides accessible, efficient, and cost-effective solutions to complex environmental issues such as climate change and community health. We work to reduce air and water pollution, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions through multi-disciplinary approaches grounded in objective, rigorous science and supported by diverse stakeholder groups.



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2016-2017 IES Wheat Ridge Greenbelt Restoration and Environmental Education Network

IES, in partnership with Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation, Kullerstrand Elementary, and the Wheat Ridge community, implemented an environmental education and improvement project this spring in the beautiful Wheat Ridge Greenbelt. Kullerstrand Elementary students teamed up with local volunteers to plant trees and remove invasive weeds along Clear Creek.  These efforts will help protect against erosion and restore plant and wildlife habitats. The Greenbelt was improved through the planting of over 100 native trees, shrubs, and grasses.

2016-2017 IES Sheridan Quincy Trail Project

IES teamed up with the City of Sheridan, Sheridan School District No. 2, Fort Logan Northgate 3-8 School (FLN), DesignWorkshop, and South Suburban Parks and Recreation to plan and implement an education and ecological restoration program at the West Quincy Trail in Sheridan. The FLN Leadership Class, which consisted of hard working and civic-minded students, participated in two workshops and one planting day during the fall of 2016. The students planted 144 native shrubs along the Quincy trail based on a design developed by DesignWorkshop. 

IES Chemical Footprint Project and the Save Our Water Initiative

The IES Chemical Footprint Project team created the Save Our Water Initiative to reduce water pollution from contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). We will use social and behavioral science methods to demonstrate to communities and businesses that it is better to prevent the use of personal care and household cleaning products that contain trace amounts of harmful chemicals than to treat water that has been polluted with these chemicals.


Root for Trees! Bumper Sticker Now Available

The 2017 IES Bumper Sticker is now available!
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IES is seeking motivated volunteers and graduate interns passionate about protecting the environment!

Click here to view the IES Graduate Intern-Volunteer Announcement

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