Working Collaboratively at the Department of Public Health & Environment in Denver

Grace Nelson earned her Green Belt by creating an innovation based off team work and collaboration. She examined how each year the city pays for all the inspectors on her team to take a Food Safety certification test in addition to paying for a training course around what the test will cover so that employees can be better prepared.

She considered how the department might be able to save costs and suggested having only one inspector take the training and then make a study guide for all inspectors to use. This innovation now generates a hard savings of $1,890 per year and it has allowed the team members to create a more collaborative learning environment.

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