Another City partnership you may have heard of is FortZED, Fort Collins Zero Energy District. Job creation is one of the cornerstones of FortZED. Employing local people in the construction and maintenance of local renewable energy projects will make the zero energy district a reality.
One of the active FortZED projects is the Smart Buildings initiative. Our region received a New Energy Communities Grant, through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, to fund energy efficiency improvements on public buildings. There are eleven projects underway in Fort Collins, Loveland and Larimer County. Three of the projects are in the FortZED boundaries. Most projects will be complete by the end of 2010.
These projects were designed to reduce the energy consumed in existing public buildings, thus saving us all money. Fort Collins Utilities is working with the Grant partners at multiple sites to upgrade, replace and install technology and equipment that will make these buildings more energy efficient. Improvements have been made at City Hall, the Larimer County Courthouse and Office Building and the Main Branch of the Poudre River Public Library District.
Many of the NEC Grant projects use local talent and companies. For example:
Learn more about the Smart Buildings project and other FortZED projects at www.fortzed.com.