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Environmental Programs

The Division of Environmental Health and Sustainabilty contains a number of programs whose primary focus is ensuring the health of our environment.


Select a program from the list below for more information.


Animal/Livestock Feeding Operations

The CAFO program addresses the handling of animal manure and nutrients, as well as odor issues at housed commercial swine feeding operations. The program also works on cross media initiatives and looks for opportunities to incorporate pollution prevention to achieve improved environmental outcomes.

Colorado Environmental Performance Partnership Agreement

A development of a cooperative environmental program work plan between the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment & the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8.

Environmental Leadership Program

The Environmental Leadership Program is a statewide environmental recognition and reward program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability.

Greening Government

Greening Government contains directives and a Climate Action Plan, which calls for specific reductions in energy, petroleum, water and trash and to increase the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

Mercury Free Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has launched a mercury prevention and reduction campaign to inform citizens, businesses and the medical industry about the serious health threat associated with exposures to mercury and to develop strategies to keep mercury out of our environment.

Pollution Prevention Advisory Board

The Pollution Prevention Advisory Board was created in 1992 to provide overall policy guidance, coordination, and advice to the Department and Division regarding pollution prevention activities.

Pollution Prevention Program

The Pollution Prevention Program is dedicated to promoting and supporting long-term process improvements and best management practices that reduce or eliminate waste before it is generated in household, commercial and industrial scenarios.

Recycling Grants and Rebates

Working through the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board and the Assistance Committee to the Board, the program promotes economic development through the productive management of materials that would otherwise be treated as discards.


EPCRA provides for the collection and access to information regarding the use, storage, production, and release of hazardous chemicals, thereby helping to inform emergency planners/responders and the public.
Self Audit Reporting
Provides incentives to facilities that conduct environmental audits of their operations.

Supplemental Environmental Project Coordination

When a regulated entity is found to be in violation of environmental regulations, the environmental divisions within the Department of Public Health and Environment may assess a monetary penalty or fine.

Oil & Gas

Colorado Legislature enacted HB07-1341, which provides that the production of oil and gas in Colorado must occur in a manner "consistent with the protection of public health, safety, and welfare, including protection of the environment and wildlife resources".

Waste Tire

This program has been transferred to the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division within CDPHE. The link above will direct you the HMWMD site.