Project Angel Heart operates in the most sustainable way possible so we may reduce our carbon footprint and improve quality of life not just for our clients, but for our organization and community. View our Statement of Environmental Values for more information.
Join the Effort!
|Donate Produce||Love to garden? Donate your extra vegetables to Project Angel Heart or “grow a row” to help Coloradans in need.|
|Volunteer||Help Project Angel Heart remain “Certifiably Green” by signing up for one of our sustainability volunteer positions. We’re looking for specialized volunteers to maintain our on-site garden, manage produce donations, monitor recycling at events, and more.|
|Donate Paper||In an effort to remain one of the top ‘green’ businesses in Denver, Project Angel Heart prints the vast majority of our internal communications on donated, half-used paper. We’re asking our community to get involved by donating any plain, white copy paper which has already been printed on one side. Spread the word: download the flyer|
Highlights of Our Progress So Far…
- Since 2012, we’ve incorporated produce and herbs from our on-site garden into meals. In 2013, a drip-irrigation system was donated, allowing us to maintain the garden while conserving water.
- In 2013, Project Angel Heart began purchasing at least 2,000 lbs/month of locally raised, organic chicken, and in 2014 we began purchasing large quantities of Colorado-raised, grass-fed beef, all for use in the meals we prepare for clients.
- In 2015, Denver community gardens and individuals donated an outstanding 2,321 lbs of produce, including squash, cherry tomatoes, herbs, carrots, beets, and garlic. We also harvested 350 lbs of organic produce from our on-site garden.
- We’re located close to bus lines and bike paths connected to residential areas, and encourage employees and volunteers to use these services to reduce gas emissions.
- Namaste Solar-donated solar panels offset the building’s energy use and meet LEED standards for solar reflectance index.
- Our building is outfitted with LED lighting, solar tubes, and large windows letting in natural light to reduce energy usage.
- All plants are low-irrigation, reducing our use of water in Colorado’s arid climate.
- Our pavement uses permeable pavers, decreasing our use of asphalt.
- The building is outfitted with low-flow plumbing to conserve water usage, and an energy efficient hand-dryer in our women’s restroom minimizes paper towel waste.
- Thanks to our participation in Energy Outreach Colorado’s Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program in 2015, we utilize a Power TakeOff device to see real-time data relating to energy consumption that has allowed us to identify spikes in energy consumption and implement conservation behaviors.
Water and Conservation
- In 2012, we said goodbye to plastic bottles and only use water coolers for staff and volunteers; and, in 2014 we utilized water stations at events instead of providing plastic bottles. We also set up recycling stations at events in 2015.
- By printing most documents on half-used paper, we decrease the amount of plain, white copy paper we use. We saw a 54% increase in donated paper from 2014 to 2015, drastically reducing the amount of paper we buy.
- We diverted 58% of our waste to compost and recycling in 2015, saving 52,644 pounds of waste from entering landfills.
- We’re recycling spent writing instruments such as pens, highlighters, and markers. This is especially helpful during our Dining Out for Life® event, when our organization uses over 7,900 pens! We also recycle printer cartridges, batteries, electronics, and plastic bags.
- In 2015, 12,351 meal delivery bags- or 21.5% of bags that go our the door each week- were returned to us and reused, thereby reducing overall paper waste and promoting a culture of sustainability between clients and volunteer delivery drivers.
- In 2016, we diverted 45,627 pounds of waste away from landfills (and into recycling or compost)!
Awards and Honors
- Certifiably Green Business, City of Denver, re-certified each year 2010-2016
- Gold Member, Environmental Leadership Program, State of Colorado, 2015
- Green Business of the Month, Denver Department of Environmental Health, June 2015
- Participants in Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program, Energy Outreach Colorado, 2015
If you are a donor who currently receives multiple paper donation acknowledgements per year and would like to receive only one year-end acknowledgement, or to receive your acknowledgements electronically, please us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions, comments, or ideas, please call a member of our Administrative team at 303.830.0202.