Climate Wire - December 2014
Attend the Northern Colorado Business Innovation Conference and receive two 2014 meeting credits!
The cities of Fort Collins and Loveland and Platte River Power Authority are pleased to bring an exciting line-up of topics and speakers to the second annual Northern Colorado Business Innovation Conference, Thursday, January 29, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center. Come for the day or as your schedule permits and explore economic, social and environmental advancements geared for today's growing business environment.
Breakfast and lunch are included, highlighted by a keynote lunch presentation featuring highly acclaimed author and host of the PBS series “Designing Healthy Communities,” Dr. Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, FAAP. Learn about the impact our built environment has on key public health indices and how citizens and communities are looking upstream for innovative solutions.
Take a break during the day to stop by the exhibitor showcase and visit with service providers and technology booths or check out the documentary film WATERSHED playing in the new, state-of-the-art theater.
Way to go Early Childhood Council of Larimer County for being the first partner to complete reporting early and earn the Silver Level for 2014!
ClimateWise has a goal of having at least 100 partners start project reporting by January 1, 2015. All partners who submit projects by January 1 will be recognized and any partner who completes project reporting by January 1 will also be entered in a drawing to win a DBA gift card.
Please join Early Childhood Council of Larimer County and 43 other partners who have contributed 88 projects and counting. Get reporting or to start reporting - We look forward to helping you achieve your 2014 ClimateWise goals!
- Tues., Dec. 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Project Reporting Work Session
For workshop descriptions, locations and to register, see the ClimateWise Event Calendar.
By Replacing outdated sprinkler heads and cutting back on watering, NewMark Merrill Mountain States reduced its water use by 50 percent; a savings of 317,000 gallons of water.
Ridekick International - "Ride for Reading"
Ridekick International’s "Ride for Reading" book delivery uses volunteers to distribute donated books to local schools via bicycles. According to the Vice President of Ridekick, Dee Wanger, “We can put books in the hands of 700 kids in less than 100 hours.” "Ride for Reading" has enabled Dee to combine her passions of bicycling and education to benefit the community. The "Ride for Reading" experience isn’t just about getting books in the hands of kids; it’s also about the benefits of cycling. “Biking is great exercise for the body and reading is great exercise for the mind,” Dee exclaims.
As volunteers arrive on their bikes with trailers full of books, excited students cheer them on. Dee describes this moment as a very moving experience. An interactive presentation gets the students even more jazzed about bikes and books, and then they are able to pick out a new-to-them book. The volunteers spend time chatting with the students about their new books or about riding bikes.
The impact of the program has stretched far beyond delivering books to schools; it has increased awareness and support of World Book Night as well as the Book Trust of Fort Collins. Other local businesses such as Eco-Thrift, New Belgium Brewing Company and Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys, among many others, have contributed to the program and through collaboration have made the event a meaningful community project.
Ridekick International’s participation in the national Ride for Reading movement demonstrates that simple ideas can have lasting positive impacts.
Check out the easy-to-use Holiday Recycling Guide for tips on curbside recycling, cooking oil, where to recycle your Christmas tree and how to generally reduce your waste at the holidays!
The public is invited to a series of meetings starting December 3 to help the City define its energy future for the next 20 to 30 years with an update to the Climate Action Plan - a road map of strategies to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions and increase its resiliency to climate change.
The first public open house on the Climate Action Plan update is today from 6-8 p.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. A brief presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m. with Scott Denning, a professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, and Lucinda Smith, director of Environmental Services at the City. Students from CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation will also be in attendance and assisting with future public meetings on the plan. Participants will be provided with information on a suite of tactics currently being explored and asked for feedback, questions and suggestions.
As part of the 2015 update to the Climate Action Plan, the City is looking at new and existing community-wide strategies in four areas: Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Energy Supply, Waste Reduction, and Transportation.
The City has been a leader in climate protection for almost two decades, starting with the first greenhouse gas reduction goal and plan in 1999. Emissions have been below 2005 baseline levels while the City’s population and economy - as measured by Sales and Use Tax revenue - grew. Currently, the Climate Action Plan calls for an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
City Council directed staff to update the plan, noting that Fort Collins is a nationally recognized leader in finding ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and in adapting to climate change, and that new opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have emerged, including advancements in energy technologies such as smart grid, vehicle electrification opportunities and changes in the price of energy solutions. Council requested an ad hoc committee be formed to update the Climate Action Plan to meet the following objectives:
- 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020
- 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2030
- 100 percent below 2005 levels by 2050 (Carbon neutral)
Stay up-to-date on the Climate Action Plan update at fcgov.com/climateprotection.
In addition to cutting-edge technology and performance, state and federal tax credits are helping to make buying an electric vehicle (EV) an even smarter choice. Alongside a federal tax credit of $7,500, Colorado residents are able to claim an additional state credit of up to $6,000 when they buy an EV. Together, these incentives significantly reduce the cost of buying an electric vehicle - more than 40 percent in some cases.
The end of the year is the best time to take advantage these credits, as buyers are able to claim them quickly, getting the clearest picture of their anticipated liability. Drive Electric Northern Colorado has created a handy chart to give you a quick look at each vehicle, its MSRP, and the estimated savings from tax credits.
When you combine these powerful incentives with the other cost savings of driving electric (about $125 in gas every month compared to $18 per month for EV charging), it just makes sense to plug-in and save.
For more information on electric vehicles and tax incentives visit DriveElectricNoCo.org/Tax-Credits
Wed., Dec. 3, 6-8 p.m. - Climate Action Plan (CAP) Public Forum, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr. Learn about the City’s plans to update its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan and provide your ideas on what should be considered in the plan. There will be a presentation by CSUProfessor of Atmospheric Science, Dr. Scott Denning. This presentation will be followed by an overview of the CAP process and table discussions. Light refreshments will be served.
Tues., Dec. 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - ClimateWise Project Reporting Work Session, Poudre Conference Room, 700 Wood St. Stop by and use this dedicated time to work on your 2014 ClimateWise reporting requirements. Staff will be available to answer questions and provide individualized help. Bring your laptop (if available) along with any project goals, data and questions. Register today.
Thurs., Dec. 18, 3-5 p.m. - Biz Ed - Harness People Power to Achieve Business Goals, Fort Collins Senior Center, Multi-Use Room #1, 1200 Raintree Dr. Key sustainability projects and employee engagement can help you reach your organizational goals and enhance Fort Collins' livability. Discover practical steps and resources that can be implemented by any organization, regardless of size. Register today.
Thurs., Jan. 29, 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. - Northern Colorado Business Innovation Conference, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr. Join the regional business community for a day of learning and networking. Explore economic, social and environmental opportunities in today's growing business environment. Walk away with tools to operate more efficiently, increase economic competitiveness and create a dynamic workplace culture.View details and register today.
Personal Interest Events*
Interested in hosting an event, workshop or lunch and learn? Have a topic you'd like to see presented? Contact Deb Harris at or (970) 224-6121.
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