Thanks to the support of the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC), the City of Fort Collins was able to provide residents the opportunity to try an electric lawnmower from the Lawnmower Library from April 1 – May 31st. Residents who participated were entered into a raffle of the lawnmowers and the following individuals were the lucky winners:
Scott Elder: Winner of the 16" mower
Jonathon Nagel: Winner of the 19" mower
Rebecca Rodriquez: Winner of the 20" mower
Residents can still receive up to $50 in rebates through the purchase and recycling of gas mowers at participating local businesses. Click here for more information.
Recycle your gas powered lawnmower and save up to $240 on a new electric mower!
No gas powered mower to exchange? You’ll still receive great discounts.
Help keep our Front Range views so beautiful! The Regional Air Quality Council and Black and Decker will host an event for city and county residents to recycle their old gas lawnmowers and receive huge discounts on new, electric lawnmowers and electric lawn and garden tools. The event is free and open to all but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Not sure an electric lawn mower is for you? Give one a test drive on your own lawn for free through the City’s Lawnmower Library. Register and see more information here!
During 2015 Fort Collins developed a new Climate Action Plan Framework document and adopted bold new carbon reduction goals to reduce community carbon emissions by 20% below 2005 levels by 2020, by 80% below 2005 levels by 2030, and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The 2014 Climate Action Status report is the annual summary of major carbon reductions achieved through City and key community partners’ programs and policies. Per capita community GHG emissions have dropped 18% since the baseline year 2005, however, overall GHG emissions are only down 2.6% for the same timeframe. The upcoming year will bring about several new strategic initiatives designed to achieve these new goals, and progress will be reported in the next annual Climate Action Status report.
Read the full report.
Read the 2013 report.
The City has compiled the 2013 inventories of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions for the community and municipal operations. The detailed methodologies in these reference documents were developed to provide complete data transparency, and provide quality assurance and quality control procedures to ensure data integrity for the City’s annualCommunity and Municipal GHG Emissions Inventories.
On January 7, 2015 the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued a final air permit (with corrections) for the Martin Marietta Materials hot mix asphalt plant located at 1800 North Taft Hill Road. The permit contains specific requirements and limitations for controlling air pollutant emissions from this facility.
“Fugitive dust” consists primarily of soil particles in the air caused by wind and human activities such as excavating, demolition, abrasive blasting, and other activities. Dust causes health problems; safety, visibility, and aesthetic issues; and is a nuisance causing expensive damage to property and machinery. City staff in many departments respond to numerous dust complaints from citizens each year. Current codes and policies do not adequately provide for the prevention and control of dust emissions or the protection of health and the environment. Staff in the Environmental Services Department, under the direction of City Council, has drafted an approach to address fugitive dust issues and is seeking public comment and input.
The City of Fort Collins Air Quality Advisory Board and the Larimer County Environmental and Science Advisory Board held a joint informational meeting on Monday August 18, 2014 to review the draft air permit and supporting materials issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for the Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. asphalt plant. The plant, located at 1800 North Taft Hill Road, applied for an air permit to continue asphalt production operations at their current location. Air Resources Specialists, Inc. was retained by the County and City to perform a technical review of CDPHE’s analysis and presented their findings to the boards. The Air Quality Advisory Board then prepared recommended comments on the permit for City Council’s consideration. Council approved the board’s recommendations on Sept. 2nd and comments were submitted to CDPHE by Sept. 3, 2014.
Martin Marietta Materials Asphalt Plant Listening Held Session May 14, 2014
The City of Fort Collins hosted a public listening session with the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment and the Citizens Against Asphalt Toxins on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 to provide an opportunity for citizens to express concerns regarding the asphalt plant and for officials to present information about the state’s air permitting and public comment process. The meeting was held in response to Martin Marietta Materials’ recent application for an air permit for its asphalt plant at 1800 N. Taft Hill Road.
The Air Quality Advisory Board sponsored a public air quality forum on April 30, 2014, featuring Colorado State University Professor John Volckens. Dr. Volckens discussed residents’ exposure to pollutants while commuting in a car and biking along Fort Collins’ streets and bike paths. In addition residents had an opportunity to learn about current air quality trends and issues and provide input on programs and projects implemented by the City that affect air quality.
The City of Fort Collins is offering Air Quality Loans of $1,000 to $10,000* to Fort Collins residents for the following home improvements:
*Offer subject to availability.
The City has compiled the 2012 inventories of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions for the community and municipal operations. The detailed methodologies in these reference documents were developed to provide complete data transparency, and provide quality assurance and quality control procedures to ensure data integrity for the City’s annual Community and Municipal GHG Emissions Inventories.
Listen to an informative radio blog interview, where Healthy Homes Program Coordinartor Mary Pat Aardrup and Assistant Coordinator Selina Lujan speak with Tri 102.5 FM Morning Personality Paul Wozniak about the caliber of training that volunteers for the program receive! You'll also learn more about opportunities that City of Fort Collins residents have to request FREE in-home assessments by highly-trained volunteer experts. The next Master Home Educator training begins on April 5, 2016.
The Healthy Homes program is a free, volunteer-driven program that helps families improve the indoor air quality of their homes. Through awareness and education, the Healthy Homes program provides low-cost or no-cost solutions that help residents create a healthier home. Residents can request to have (2) certified Master Home Educators conduct a FREE healthy home assessment. The assessment focuses on biological pollutants, chemical contaminants, and safety hazards and residents can receive conservation gifts that promote sustainability in their home. Call (970) 416-2832 to sign-up for an assessment today!
Did you know that testing your home for radon is simple and life-saving? The City of Fort Collins encourages all citizens to test their homes for radon. The most recently calculated data tells us that approximately 500 lung cancer deaths occur yearly in Colorado due to radon exposure. Inexpensive radon test kits are available at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr., and the Fort Collins Development Review Center, 281 N. College Ave. Air Quality Loans are also available to help residents who need to install a radon mitigation system or to upgrade an inefficient wood stove or fireplace. Learn more about radon today!
Fort Collins' Air Quality Plan provides policy direction and high level strategies that guide the City's progress toward continually improving Fort Collins' air quality. The principles and policies in the 2011 Air Quality Plan were developed as part of the extensive year-long goal to update the overall City Plan, as well as the Transportation Master Plan.
1,525 randomly selected citizens were surveyed during the summer of 2011 about air quality and recycling beliefs and actions. The survey had a 30% response rate. Results generally indicate strong support for environmental programs and showed an improvement in awareness/participation above the 2007 survey results.
If you or a loved one needs tips for dealing with chronic asthma, plan to attend one of Poudre Valley Hospital’s “Taming the Tiger” classes. For more information, contact Poudre Valley Hospital Respiratory Therapy Department at (970) 495-8153.
There are a number of options available for learning about air pollution levels in and around the City of Fort Collins.