Pollution Prevention FY 2017 Grant Projects

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Projects Awarded Funding
We received 8 eligible applications. 

Denver Public Schools
Project Name: Recycled Water Conversion at DCIS Ford & Maxwell Elementary
Award: $20,000
Project summary: The Denver Public Schools (DPS) Sustainability Office and Denver Water are partnering to fund the conversion of two DPS sites, Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS) at Ford and Maxwell Elementary, from potable water to recycled water for outdoor irrigation usage. This conversion will save not only six million gallons of potable water per year, but will also have a yearly cost savings of $16,470. The conversions are focused in the Montbello neighborhood, where recycled water infrastructure exists.


Mile High Youth Corps
Project Name: Energy & Conservation Program
Award: $20,000
Project summary: Mile High Youth Corps Energy and Water Conservation Program is a year-round, ongoing program that trains youth to be Corpsmembers, skilled to conduct assessments of water usage in low-income housing and nonprofit facilities. After these assessments, Corpsmembers install water-efficient sink aerators, high-efficiency toilets, and low-flow shower heads - at no cost to the residents or organizations.



Western Resource Advocates
Project Name: A Survey of Regulatory Approaches to Reuse White Paper
Award: $5,000
Project summary: This White Paper will lay much of the groundwork necessary to inform potential changes to Colorado’s non-potable reuse regulations (Regulation 84) in two upcoming rulemakings, with the goal of increasing opportunities for reuse in Colorado while protecting public health and the environment. The project will develop key background information about the approaches and experiences of other states in regulating reuse in the form of a White Paper.


Events Awarded Sponsorship Funding
We received 20 eligible applications.

Center for ReSource Conservation
Event Name: Watershed Summit - Shed '17
Location: Denver Botanic Gardens
Date: June 29, 2017
Award: $2,500
Event summary: The Watershed Summit (Shed '17) is rapidly becoming the region’s top event for water industry leaders. The goal is to share innovative ideas from a range of perspectives on water issues related to keeping Colorado's water supply healthy and pollution free. 


Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE)
Event Name: 2 Roaring Fork Valley Xeriscape Workshops
Location: Aspen & Glenwood Springs
Date: April/May 2017
Award: $2,000
Event Summary: CORE will host two workshops to encourage attendees to adopt sustainable landscaping designs, irrigation practices and native plants that promote water conservation and water efficiency. Participants will learn how to use fertilizers and pesticides correctly and promote natural alternatives as to avoid run-off and protect rivers and streams. Workshops will support the area’s regional water efficiency plan.


Earth Force
Event Name: Earth Force Youth Summit
Location: Denver
Date: May 2017
Award: $2,500

Event Summary: Earth Force will host a summit where students will present on environmental projects they have designed and implemented at their schools. The summit is a public presentation of their learning and in line with the "practice of science and engineering" that is part of the Next Generation Science Standards. Student projects tackle a range of environmental challenges in the community, and most often students choose to address pollution resulting from stormwater runoff. 


U.S. Green Building Council of Colorado
Event Name: Rocky Mountain Green
Location: Denver
Date: April 27, 2017
Award: $2,500
Event Summary: USGBC-CO will host its annual conference, Rocky Mountain Green, targeted at developers, facilities managers, architects, engineers and contractors. Breakout sessions offer different insights into greening buildings, communities and homes.