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Climate Wire - November 2014

City of Fort Collins ImageRest Easy and Win a DBA Gift Card

Here’s two ways you can rest easy in 2015:

  • Start your reporting by January 1 and get recognized
  • Complete your reporting by January 1 and get entered in a drawing to win a DBA gift card

Need help? Contact or attend a reporting event to complete your reporting, and rest easy!  

  • Thurs., Nov. 13, 3-4:30 p.m. - Project Reporting Workshop
  • Tues., Dec. 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Project Reporting Work Session

Save the Date!
City of Fort Collins ImageNorthern Colorado Business Innovation Conference

Thursday, January 29
Fort Collins Senior Center

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.

Use promo code NCBIC before Dec. 31 for $20 off of registration - Register today!

Sponsor the Business Innovation Conference!
*Exhibitor booth available with sponsorship.

Welcome Heidi Wagner

City of Fort Collins ImageWe’re excited to welcome Heidi Wagner to the ClimateWise team!  Heidi will serve as an Environmental Planner and will be filling a key role in supporting ClimateWise partners.

Heidi previously worked with the City's Community Development and Neighborhood services team as a Building Design and Review Technician. She has a wide range of environmental planning and sustainability experience with both private and public entities and holds certifications from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP, 2011) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD&C, 2009).

Heidi attended Colorado State University where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management and her Master of Science degree in Forest Sciences.

Contact Heidi at or 970-416-2230.

City of Fort Collins ImagePartner Profile Series

Biking to work is a big part of Intel’s corporate culture. By suggesting ideas on appropriate clothing and gear to offering showers, free towels and lockers, Intel employees find biking to work a great option - not a hassle.

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United Way of Larimer County Poverty Simulation

City of Fort Collins ImageAccording to data from the US Census Bureau, one in seven Larimer County residents lives in poverty, and the poverty rate in Larimer County is growing faster than the state and national average. United Way of Larimer County is working diligently to reduce the growing poverty trend and build community-wide prosperity. One way they help community members understand the complexity of poverty is by organizing educational poverty simulations. These events illustrate the hardships people in poverty are faced with every day.

Marcy Yoder, Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Larimer County, described her experience with poverty simulations, “You can see people having that ‘Aha’ moment, understanding what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes. Simulations are eye- opening because people learn about barriers they haven’t lived or experienced.”

Poverty simulations not only build an understanding of what it’s like to live in poverty but also how difficult poverty is to overcome without community support. Simulations empower people to be the change they would like to see in the world.

“Reducing poverty will help the entire community prosper,” exclaims Yoder. Lessening poverty leads to a more qualified workforce, a stronger local economy, and other log-term results that positively impact the quality of life in a community.

Learn more about United Way of Larimer County’s Poverty Simulations or volunteer to host a poverty simulation here.

2015 Electric, Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Commercial Rates

Fort Collins Utilities regularly reviews its rates and makes adjustments to reflect the costs of providing electric, water, wastewater and stormwater services. City Council approves rates by ordinance (typically in mid-November), and utility bills printed on or after January 1 reflect the new rates.

We realize rate increases impact our customers and work diligently to manage costs, including close collaboration with Platte River Power Authority, our wholesale electric provider. Our electric rates continue to remain among the lowest in the state, and we are proud to report our reliability and quality of service is among the highest in the nation in all our service areas.

2015 Rate Change Proposals

  • Electric: average increase of 1.9 percent (exact rate impacts will vary among rate classes). Increases to the wholesale rate are due to a decline in surplus sales revenues and increases to purchased power, operations and maintenance, fuel expenses and load growth.

    There also are proposed changes to electric development fees, which will decrease for commercial customers by an average of 0.82 percent.

    The Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities (CAMU) compares electric rates among municipalities, as well as investor-owned and cooperative utilities. Fort Collins is ranked 6th lowest for small commercial rates, 4th lowest for large commercial rates and lowest overall for industrial rates among municipalities statewide.
  • Wastewater: 3 percent increase for all rate classes. This increase was determined based on the results of a cost of service study completed in 2013.  
  • Water and Stormwater: There will be no rate increases in 2015 for water, stormwater or plant investment fees.    

Utilities offers many programs and services to help customers offset costs and lower monthly bills. Learn more at, email or call 970-221-6700 to talk to a commercial account representative. Additional rates information is available at

NOTE: The chart below shows the estimated 5-year forecast for all utilities.  

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Fort Collins Utilities Offers Double Appliance Rebates through December

Fort Collins Utilities will offer double rebates on qualified appliances through December to help residential customers save money on their utility bills.

Residents looking to get rid of an older refrigerator or freezer can receive a bill credit of $70 (regularly $35) for recycling their appliance. Residents purchasing qualified ENERGY STAR ® dishwashers will receive a bill credit of $50 (regularly $25) and those purchasing clothes washers will receive a bill credit of $100 (regularly $50).

Utilities water customers also can receive double rebates on WaterSense and MaP Premium toilet purchases through December. Rebates of $100 or $150 (regularly $50 or $75) are available for replacing and recycling up to two toilets per qualifying account. Water customers also qualify for a $10 rebate on WaterSense labeled showerheads, which can save the average household more than 2,900 gallons of water per year. Check local retailers for a wide selection of models.

Purchases must be made from September 1-December 31, 2014, and applications submitted by January 14, 2015, to receive the double rebates. Applications and qualification details are available at participating retailers and online at

For more information and program rules, visit, email , call 970-416-2032 or TDD 970-224-6003.

Welcome New Partners!

Upcoming Events


Fri., Nov. 7, 8:30-9:30 a.m. - ClimateWise Orientation,* Community Room, 215 N. Mason St. Discover program benefits, including cost savings, education, greenhouse gas reductions and public recognition. Open to ClimateWise partners and businesses interested in learning more about ClimateWise. Register today.

Thurs., Nov. 13, 3-4:30 p.m. - ClimateWise Project Reporting Workshop, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr,  Prairie Sage Room 3. Want to ensure your business earns its 2014 level? Attend this workshop to learn how to complete your 2014 reporting requirements. Topics will cover: types of projects that count as ClimateWise measures, how to quantify projects, how to report projects and submit other partner level documentation. Register today.

Tues., Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m.-noon
 - ClimateWise Talk and Tour: CSU Powerhouse Energy Campus, Powerhouse Campus, 430 N. College Ave. Register today.


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.

Personal Interest Events*

Wed., Nov. 5, 12-1 p.m. - ADA Compliance Training for Managers and Supervisors*, Arc of Larimer County, 1121 Prospect Rd. Learn how to create productive work relationships with individuals with disabilities. Topics include ADA Act of 1990, state disabilities laws, ADA amendments act of 2008 and hiring benefits. RSVP by Oct. 27 by contacting Marilee Boylan at  or 970-204-6991.

Thurs., Nov. 13, 12-1 p.m. - Disability Awareness Training, Arc of Larimer County*, 1121 Prospect Rd. Learn how to create productive work relationships with individuals with disabilities. Topics include disability etiquette, language awareness, myths and facts, tax incentives and ongoing resources. RSVP by Nov. 10 by contacting Marilee Boylan at or 970-204-6991.

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.

Note: Events marked by * cannot be used to fulfill ClimateWise partner meeting requirements.


Physical Address: 200 W. Mountain Unit A, Fort Collins, CO 80521
Phone: (970) 221-6700
Fax: (970) 221-6619