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Climate Protection

Physical Address: 215 N Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Mailing Address: PO Box 580, Ft. Collins, CO 80522-0580
Phone: (970) 221-6600
Fax: (970) 224-6177
Email: 8AM-5PM M-F

Current Features

Climate Action Status Report

Beginning in 1997, Fort Collins was among the first wave of communities in the nation to commit to reducing local greenhouse gas emissions. In 2008, City Council adopted carbon reduction goals and developed the Climate Action Plan to outline strategies to meet these goals.

The 2013 Climate Action Status Report provides residents with details on the communities’ progress toward meeting these goals. Significant progress in reducing carbon emissions from community generated solid waste continues with an overall 66% reduction since 2005.

Fort Collins Updating Climate Action Plan (CAP)

In April, City Council passed a Resolution calling for a visionary update to our 2008 Climate Action Plan. Why? Because:

  • Fort Collins is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change
  • New opportunities have emerged to reduce local emissions since the CAP was adopted in 2008
  • Fort Collins is uniquely positioned to demonstrate to other communities how deep reductions in GHG emissions can be made while remaining economically vibrant. (Read More)

Fort Collins has been a leader in climate protection for almost two decades, starting with our first GHG reduction goal and plan in 1999.   Through leadership and involvement by many, emissions are below 2005 baseline while our population and economy, as measured by Sales and Use Tax revenue, grew.  After careful consideration of alternatives, City Council has asked that the CAP be updated for their future consideration to meet the following visionary community GHG emissions reduction objectives:

  • 20% below 2005 levels by 2020
  • 80% below 2005 levels by 2030
  • 100% below 2005 levels by 2050 (Carbon neutral)

 Request a Presentation for Your Group

Contact to schedule a presentation by City staff. 

Climate Action Plan Citizen Advisory Committee

Learn about the Committee activities, meetings, documents, etc.


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Fort Collins 2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Drop 8.7% from 2005

Climate change poses a real and serious threat to the world at large and to the quality of life that we value in Fort Collins. Climate change can affect us locally in many ways including contributing to more frequent and severe storms, increasing drought and risk of forest fires, and changes in the timing and amount of spring runoff.

Over a decade ago Fort Collins was among the first wave of communities in the nation to commit to reducing local greenhouse emissions.  

Through innovation, leadership and local involvement, the community has benefited significantly from climate protection actions. Today, thanks to the efforts of the entire community, we have changed the trajectory of the emission growth curve.

Read the Full Report (pdf).

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2013 Community and Municipal GHG Emissions Inventory Quality Management Plans Now Available

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. 

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2008 Climate Action Plan

Resolution 2008-051 (PDF 115KB) adopted by City Council in May 2008 establishes two greenhouse gas goals for the Fort Collins community, and one near-term “intent” to reduce emissions. The two goals are identical to statewide goals set for Colorado.


  • Reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 20% below 2005 levels by 2020
  • Reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 2005 levels by 2050

In December 2008, City Council adopted the 2008 Climate Action Plan, a blueprint for making progress on Fort Collins' greenhouse gas reduction goals while advancing multiple other City objectives.

2009 Energy Policy

One of the primary goals of the 2009 Energy Policy is to support the community’s carbon emissions goal of reducing the City’s carbon footprint 20% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Other primary goals are to provide highly reliable electric service, to enhance local economic health and to continue collaboration with Platte River Power Authority and member cities.

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