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Denver releases the 2012 Environmental Health Report

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As described in the opening letter of the 2012 Environmental Health Report, The Department of Environmental Health restates its dedication to advancing Denver’s environmental and public health goals by conducting education, community engagement, outreach and enforcement to ensure healthy people, places, and pets, as well as environmental quality and global sustainability. Additionally, DEH helps make Denver a world-class city by building healthy communities.

"DEH produced many significant accomplishments in 2012. This includes launching Be Healthy Denver, a
comprehensive effort to create a five-year public year public health improvement plan, continued work revising the city’s food inspection program to ensure a balanced approach to protecting public health, and refocusing the Animal Care & Control Division to be more customer-friendly and community-oriented.

DEH’s Environmental Quality Division helped thousands of homeowners and businesses save energy and other resources, helping our city to achieve our Climate Action Plan goals. We also responded to hundreds of calls regarding environmental hazards throughout the city and worked with other departments to retain our national designation for environmental management systems." Some of the report highlights include:

Community Health

DEH's Community Health Division worked with Denver Health to create a five year public health improvement plan.

Healthy People

Medical Examiner's Report includes work done with the Colorado Homeless Coalition.

Public Health Inspections

The division continued its work refining the newly implemented process for assessing fines to regulated food facilities found with repeat critical violations.

Healthy Pets

"While the physical changes of the newly constructed 36,000 square foot facility may be the most visible, the division has also been undergoing an internal reorganization to ensure Denver is, and remains to be, one of the most petfriendly cities in the nation."

Healthy Environment

"Those who lived in Denver in the 1970s and 80s may remember Denver’s “Brown cloud,” when the city’s air quality was ranked one of the worst nationally. More than 30 years later, Denver’s air quality has improved greatly, thanks to a collaborative effort and the implementation of clean air regulations, including wood burning restrictions, vehicle emissions controls and testing, and new lower emission requirements on industrial facilities and power plants."

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