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Environmental Recognition Levels

The proposed restructuring of the recognition levels and criteria can be found in the table below. However, for more detailed information, refer to the Program Criteria described in the “Colorado Environmental Leadership Program Handbook”



Current Program, Tier or Level, Criteria / Timeframe for Development:


Environmental Leadership Program - Bronze Acheiver Logo

Bronze Achiever 

  • Recognizes facilities that have made significant achievements in improving the environment of Colorado
  • No serious violations for 1 year, criminal for 2 years
  • P2 efforts such as energy efficiency, waste minimization, water conservation
  • Do not have a functional Environmental Management System in place,
  • 1-year recognition
Environmental Leadership Program - Silver Partner Logo

Silver Partner

  • The Silver Partner Level is for facilities seeking to achieve Gold Level membership or higher, but do not have all aspects of a functional EMS and/or do not meet all of the eligibility requirements.
  • No serious violations for 1 year, criminal for 2 years
  • Commitment to develop an Environmental Management System with milestones that must be met each year
  • Multi-year recognition (not to exceed 3 years) 
Environmental Leadership Program - Gold Leader Logo

Gold Leader

  • Must have in place a fully operational, facility-specific Environmental Management System (EMS) with goals
  • Must meet the beyond-compliance requirements for the Gold tier
  • No serious violations for 3 years, criminal for 5 years
  • 3-year recognition and may be renewed

If you have any questions, please call 303-692-3477 or email cdphe.ppelp@state.co.us