Institute for Environmental Solutions


Mission Statement

The Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) is an independent, nonprofit organization that delivers scientific solutions to improve our health and environment. Our vision is to create efficient ways to address complex environmental issues. We strive to prevent waste and unwanted side effects, provide opportunity to optimize environmental improvements, and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through a science and stakeholder-based approach.


The IES Tree Project is focused on improving the environment and community health using tree science. The Tree Project focuses on hands-on environmental projects that integrate community-based environmental improvements and environmental education. Projects begin with an in-depth evaluation of proposed sites followed by a project design based on feedback and insight from a broad spectrum of stakeholders in the community.
Projects are developed to address the needs of the project sites using an integrated and adaptive approach paired with classroom and field curricula to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and conservation. Planting designs are developed by selecting native plants that are adapted to the existing conditions at the site and that can improve wildlife habitat, reduce pollution, and improve open space. Since its start in 2004, IES has planted more than 1,200 native trees and shrubs in high-need areas throughout the Denver metro area. Under the Tree Project, many successful planting and environmental education projects have been implemented, including the Trees for Healthy Kids and Communities in Golden, CO (2011), Trees for a Healthy Community and Economy in Broomfield (2012), multiple planting projects with the City of Wheat Ridge in its Greenbelt open space (2012 – 2019), and the multi-year Sheridan Quincy Trail project with the City of Sheridan (2015 – 2019).

Program Details

IES uses objective, independent science to find solutions to our environmental challenges. Our stakeholder-based approach to solving environmental and community health problems is rooted in objective analysis incorporating all relevant disciplines. The IES Chemical Footprint Project was created to prevent water pollution and protect human and environmental health by reducing household and commercial chemical footprints. The contaminants we focus on are BPA, parabens, triclosan, synthetic fragrances, oxybenzone, alkylphenols, and DEET. These harmful chemicals pose risks to environmental and human health due to their harmful impact on endocrine systems and proper hormone functions in both humans and wildlife. They are not filtered out of our drinking water, nor treated for at wastewater facilities. It is a growing pollution problem that is complex and misunderstood. Our research identifies existing barriers to converting to contaminant-free products and demonstrates the benefits of reducing chemical footprints.
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761 Newport Street
Denver, CO 80220-5554
United States
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