The City of Fort Collins is deeply committed to doing our part in addressing the global challenge of climate change and has been engaged on this issue since 1999 (when our first Climate Action Plan was completed).
In March of 2015 our City Council unanimously adopted the following accelerated climate action goals for our community:
Accompanying these updated goals is the Climate Action Plan Framework, which sets out a series of high level strategies to achieving the 2020, 2030, and 2050 goals. Since the adoption of these goals, the City has operationalized this work by forming an internal organizational structure and Council supported increased investments to achieve the goals in the 2017-2018 budget cycle (see more information below). View our reports page to track our progress toward these goals.
In addition to what we can do to mitigate our own emissions, the City is also planning on addressing potential impacts from climate change. A few highlights from this effort include:
On September 8, 2015 City Council expressed support for staff's development of the 2020 Climate Action implementation plans. Council members reinforced a sense of urgency to develop the plans given a recent uptick in greenhouse gas emissions, but also requested that staff provide measurable outcomes.
The implementation plan includes seven strategic areas listed below:
Supporting these areas are a financing team and a team that will measure the community's success.
On March 10, City Council held a Work Session to review the implementation options for achieving the City’s 2020 Climate Action Plan (CAP) goals of reducing emissions 20% below 2005 levels. Read the full packet of information provided to City Council, or watch the video to learn more about the exciting next steps the City is taking to achieve these goals.
City Council agreed staff is heading in the right direction with the proposed initiatives to reach the City’s 2020 Climate Action Plan goals and asked staff to highlight simple explanations of proposed projects and identify costs down to the individual level.
View the budget website to see how the City's implementation plan for Climate Action fits in with other priorities.