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COVID-19 Response:  IES continues its mission!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, IES has modified our current and future projects to keep community members and IES team members safe and healthy during these unique times. The Tree Project is revising and delaying projects in Wheat Ridge and Sheridan in collaboration with our wonderful stakeholders, partners and volunteers. The Chemical Footprint Project is postponing planned events and community workshops to support social distancing efforts while preparing pollution prevention activities at home.

IES is dedicated to the safety and health of the Colorado community. Despite challenges, we are moving forward in innovative ways to implement project events. We are creating remote learning workshops and home-based strategies to prevent pollution and contamination.

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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.

Reduce Your Chemical Footprint Video

The IES Reduce Your Chemical Footprint video is an introduction to the issue of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in personal care, household products, and food packaging. We explain what CECs are, where they are found, the harmful effects they have, and easy and effective ways to avoid them. By the end of the video the issue of CECs will be an approachable problem and viewers will be more confident in their ability to reduce their chemical footprint.

IES 2019 Wheat Ridge Kullerstrand Greenbelt Improvement Project

The 2019 IES Wheat Ridge Greenbelt Improvement Project is an exciting chapter of community-based environmental work in the Greenbelt. IES continued its partnership with Kullerstrand Elementary School’s Teaching Responsibility And Independence with Learning Supports (TRAILS) program. We provided students with hands-on ecology education in two workshops and two planting days, where they learned how to care for and improve the environment, based on Colorado’s current science curriculum standards. IES continued its partnership with Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Department and the Wheat Ridge Summer Sun Campers to provide an outdoor naturalist program where campers learned about the environment and how to care for the newly planted sites. The 2019 project focused on improving riparian and grassland ecosystems by increasing native plant cover and diversity, stabilizing soils to reduce erosion, and filling in the canopy cover. With the help of our partners, volunteers, and IES Tree Stewards, the 2019 IES Wheat Ridge Greenbelt Improvement Project will continue a 3-year maintenance program for the newly planted sites to ensure high survival rates.

2019 IES Sheridan Community Trail Improvement Project

The 2019 Sheridan Community Trail Improvement Project (CTIP) is the 5th year IES worked in Sheridan to improve environmental conditions and engage community members. The 2019 Sheridan CTIP provided sustainable environmental improvements along the Sheridan Quincy Trail (SQT) and developed the community space at the western trail entrance. These improvements include native shrubs and grasses and stormwater mitigation structures. Fort Logan Northgate (FLN) School’s Leadership Class participated in two workdays where students  planted native species and built the improvement structures. IES provided two educational workshops with the class on local ecology, leadership in environmental issues, and using nature to create a space for the community to enjoy. Several community partners collaborated with IES to make this project possible, including the City of Sheridan, Sheridan School District No. 2, Fort Logan Northgate School, and South Suburban Parks and Recreation District. IES Tree Stewards helped maintain the plants along the SQT. The FLN Leadership Class visits the trail weekly in warm weather during the school year to care for the new plants. This environmental improvement project provides hands-on environmental education to middle school leadership students and continued improvements on a neglected urban trail with native plants to create an inviting walkway, enhance the community space, and reduce stormwater runoff and erosion.

IES Tree Project

The IES Tree Project improves Colorado cities using tree science. Through multi-disciplinary partnerships and urban forestry projects, the IES Tree Project improves the environment and community health, educates children and adults to become environmental stewards, and engages community members to rehabilitate, improve and maintain urban natural resources.

IES Chemical Footprint Project

The IES Chemical Footprint Project prevents water pollution and protects human and environmental health by reducing chemical footprints. Your chemical footprint is your total contribution to chemical pollution in the environment. Many personal care and household products contain harmful contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). To combat this problem, the IES Chemical Footprint Project teaches easy, low-cost ways to prevent contamination, and how to make your own safe products. Using science-based workshops for kids and adults, we provide guidance to communities on how to sustainably reduce chemical footprints and improve human and environmental health.

IES June 2021 Newsletter now ready!

The June 2021 IES Newsletter is ready! You can read it or any other newsletter here.

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