Institute for Environmental Solutions

The Institute for Environmental Solutions is an independent non-profit organization that engages stakeholders to deliver technically sound solutions to complex environmental and health problems — without unwanted side effects.


IES’s vision is to create efficient ways of dealing with complex environmental problems. IES strives to prevent waste and unwanted side effects, provides opportunities to optimize environmental improvements and reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through a unique technical, multi-disciplinary approach. By engaging a broad spectrum of participants in examining these problems on a project basis, IES will develop sound, cost-effective solutions.


An urgent need exists to find, test, and implement sound scientific cost-effective solutions to complex environmental problems.
By addressing environmental issues with a multi-disciplinary technical approach, we can prevent waste and unwanted side effects, and provide opportunities to optimize environmental improvements, and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Too often, well-intended environmental improvement strategies fail or result in unintended negative consequences because the problem and proposed solutions were not fully and objectively measured and analyzed. Whether due to stove-piped government agencies with compartmentalized technical disciplines or inadequate consultation with key business and community stakeholders, we find that the problem is not effectively solved.

IES has identified critical multi-faceted environmental problems that are not being adequately addressed. We seek to engage a broad spectrum of participants in examining these problems on a project basis and developing sound, cost-effective solutions.


IES works with partners and stakeholders to solve multidisciplinary environmental problems.

We work toward positive outcomes by:

a) asking difficult questions;
b) tackling complex, seemingly intractable problems;
c) challenging the status quo to collaborate effectively by involving the full range of community, business, and government participants;
d) testing and demonstrating technically sound potential solutions in the real world;
e) objectively measuring effectiveness; and
f) disseminating results, providing educational outreach and information. Our personnel possess the scientific and technical expertise to identify, demonstrate, and evaluate the merit of potential solutions.

IES’s approach emphasizes an element critical to a successful remedy – communication and integration across technical, organizational, and social barriers.


IES partners with individuals, businesses, and communities in Colorado to clean the water you drink and the air you breathe.

IES solves environmental problems. We provide the crucial link between sound information and effective action by taking science out of the lab and applying it to real world environmental problems. Our approach to environmental problem solving is objective, practical, and cost-effective.  By maintaining our commitment to science and collaborating with people of different interests and perspectives, IES finds lasting solutions for Colorado’s environment.

IES programs tackle problems such as climate change, community health, ozone air pollution, and water contaminants from pharmaceuticals and personal care products.


  • Environmental improvement project planning and implementation
  • Community education and outreach
  • Scientific research, inquiry, and analysis
  • Technical reports and publication
  • Educational workshops


  • Air and water pollution prevention and reduction programs
  • Contaminants of emerging concern education
  • Chemical contamination reduction in waterways
  • Chemical footprint evaluation and reduction
  • Carbon footprint evaluation and reduction
  • Climate change mitigation programs
  • Strategic tree-planting programs for environmental improvement
  • Tree science education
  • Urban forest inventory and evaluation of environmental benefits
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Air quality (VOC emissions, ozone forming potential)
  • Energy savings and costs
  • Stormwater runoff reduction
  • Water conservation
  • Energy conservation analysis and recommendations
  • Landscape energy impact analysis
  • Strategic tree planting for energy efficiency
  • Carbon credit trading advisement

Contact Institute for Environmental Solutions

761 Newport Street
Denver, Colorado  80220-5554
Phone: (303) 388-5211


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Colorado

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