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Climate Wire - February 2015


Report Your ClimateWise Projects Today - Deadline: March 1

Wondering what businesses have already made a level for 2014? Check out the official 'Achiever' list, highlighting the latest and greatest on who has achieved a level!

With the reporting deadline fast approaching, we want to remind you that all requirements must be submitted and approved by March 1, 2015 (see the levels guide to see what requirements you must complete in order to earn your desired level). 

If, after checking out the  'Achiever' list, you're thinking:

  1. "Whoa! I've already earned my level!" Great! Kick back and relax - we'll see you at EnvirOvation on May 13.

  2. "Hey, my requirements are in - why aren't they 'checked off'?" The number of projects reported is remarkable and we're doing our best to keep up. Email questions or concerns at  and we'll respond in one business day. 

  3. "I need help!" Visit the ClimateWise Reporting page for tools and resources to help you report. If you need additional help with reporting, please consider attending the Project Reporting Work Session on February 19, visit the ClimateWise Event Calendar for more information. Staff is also available to assist in annual reporting via email or phone. 

  4. "Huh? Reporting?" Contact ClimateWise ASAP at  or call (970) 221-6700 and we'll do our best to help you achieve a 2014 Partner level.

As always, bring your questions to us - we want to make the reporting process as painless as possible.


Save the Date: EnvirOvation - A ClimateWise Celebration

Wednesday, May 13, 3-5 p.m.
Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Rd.

Join us at EnvirOvation to celebrate 2014 partner successes and kick-off the launch of ClimateWise 2.0!


Social Superstar Spotlight

Fort Collins Food Co-Op - Food Finders

City of Fort Collins ImageThe Fort Collins Food Co-Op is partnering with Food Finders to eliminate food waste and provide food for those in need.

Food Finders is dedicated to developing a network between grocery stores, farms, gardens, orchards, and local nonprofits committed to “providing fresh produce to those in need.” The food is typically picked up by volunteers and delivered to the nonprofits by bicycle and trailer, adding further social and environmental benefits of the program.

Fort Collins Food Co-Op Department Manager of cheese, body care and supplements, Stephanie Bublitz, explains that there is a substantial amount of waste at the average grocery store, and Food Finders is a great way to “prevent waste and help the community.” On a personal level, Stephanie says it is “satisfying to know the food is going to good use.”

The donated food travels to the Food Bank of Larimer County, the Fort Collins Rescue Mission, and after-school programs. The produce provides children attending the programs with healthy, nutritious snacks when they would otherwise not be available.


Calling All Leaders: Join the Drive Leadership Program

Business executives throughout the region are invited to take an extended test drive of an Electric Vehicle (EV) for free through Drive Electric Northern Colorado’s (DENC) Drive Leadership program. Leaders in businesses and organizations can take an EV for up to 5 business days to gain a better understanding about the many benefits of EV technology.

Two executives from ClimateWise Platinum partner Gallegos Sanitation recently participated in the Drive Leadership program. Watch the video below to learn more about their experience and contact Annie Freyschlag, to sign up.


Fort Collins Utilities - 2015 Rate Changes

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 the rates by ordinance, and utility bills printed on or after January 1 reflect the new rates.

Utilities’ staff works diligently to manage costs, including close collaboration with Platte River Power Authority, our wholesale electric provider. Utilities’ rates continue to remain among the lowest in the state and our reliability and quality of service is among the highest in the nation.

Changes for 2015 residential rates include:

  • Electric rates  will increase an average of 1.9 percent (varies among rate class). Overall increases are due to the rising costs of generating power, and other costs, such as higher operations and maintenance, fuel expenses and load growth.  
  • Wastewater rates  will increase 3.0 percent for all rate classes. This increase was determined based on the results from a cost-of-service study in 2013 and to meet the long-term improvement needs due to regulatory changes and aging infrastructure.    
  • Water rates  will not increase in 2015.  
  • Stormwater rates  will not increase in 2015.

To help offset costs and lower monthly utility bills, Utilities offers a variety of conservation and efficiency programs and rebates. Use the free, online tool to track energy and water consumption and costs at  fcgov.com/utilities  and try the online calculator at  fcgov.com/residential-electric-rates  to learn more about individual rates. For more information, visit  fcgov.com/conserves  or talk to a customer service representative at 970-212-2900.

Commercial rates vary from residential rates. Customers are encouraged to contact an account representative at  or visit  fcgov.com/commercial-rates  to learn more about specific increases and impacts, as well as programs and services to save money.


Upcoming Events

February

Thurs., Feb. 19, 8:30-10:30 a.m. - ClimateWise Project Reporting Work Session, Board Room, 117 N. Mason 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.

March

Wed., March 4, 7-9 p.m. - Residential Environmental Program Series - Climate Protection: Every Action Counts,  Prairie Sage Rooms 1 & 2, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr. Fort Collins has been a leader in climate protection for almost two decades. Learn how the City of Fort Collins is continuing to address climate change and how you can help. Register today.

Wed., March 11, 7-9 p.m. - Residential Environmental Program Series - $5 Million and Change, Prairie Sage Rooms 1 & 2, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr. The City is competing in a nationwide energy efficiency challenge. Learn how to reduce energy use and share your ideas on how the community could use the $5 million prize. Register today.

Wed., March 25, 7-9 p.m. - Residential Environmental Program Series - Be Air Aware, Twinberry Auditorium, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr. Learn about clearing the air in your home and community and air quality programs that can guide you to a healthier life. Register today.

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.


ClimateWise

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

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