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Updated Community Greenhouse Gas Goals Adopted March 2015 (PDF)

The Fort Collins City Council on March 3 unanimously adopted some of the most aggressive goals in the nation to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions: 20 percent below 2005 by 2020 and 80 percent by 2030, which would put the community on a path to be carbon neutral by 2050. Council adopted the goals after four work sessions, multiple public forums and nine months of work with a Citizen Advisory Committee that helped shape the overall 2015 Climate Action Plan Framework. This action speeds up the City’s original 2008 goals to reduce emissions to 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. (See Press Release)

Learn more about the process and Climate Citizen Advisory Committee.

2015 Climate Action Plan Framework (PDF)

The 2015 Climate Action Plan Framework lays out a number of high level strategies in the areas of Building, Mobility, Energy Supply and Waste Reduction that, if implemented, are estimated to accomplish just over 30% reduction by 2020, just over 75% reduction by 2030, and just over 85% reduction by 2050, compared to 2005 levels.

Next steps for 2015 and into 2016 will involve developing implementation details to prioritize actions and associated near-term budget requests needed to meet the 2020 greenhouse gas goals and longer term targets, and continue public engagement.

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What You Can Do

The City remains committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through multiple strategies. Please visit to learn more about how you can help fight climate change and participate in a variety of city programs to improve your home or business.

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Contact Environmental Services Department (970-221-6600) to schedule a presentation by City staff. 

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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.

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2014 Community and Municipal GHG Emissions Inventory Quality Management Plans Now Available

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 annual Community and Municipal GHG Emissions Inventories.

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2008 Climate Action Plan

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 goals.  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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