Climate Wire - December 2013
Update: CycleTote, Dr. Brian Cox Dentistry, Professional Document Solutions, Recycle That, Terracon Consultants and Trebuchet Group have completed project reporting for 2013!
Did you know that approximately 800 projects reported to ClimateWise last year were reliably estimated? Many times partners are unable to measure every mile traveled by bike, gallon of gas reduced by carpooling, pound or cubic yard of recycling or kWh reduced through efficiency projects. Chances are there are a few projects you'll be reporting this year that require reliable estimates too!
We want to encourage you to report as much as possible prior to Jan. 1, 2014 and be recognized! It helps us reach our goal of having at least 75 partners complete their project reporting early and also means we can spend more time with you to help with calculations, answer questions and provide one-on-one support.
Please join CycleTote, Dr. Brian Cox Dentistry, Professional Document Solutions, Recycle That, Terracon Consultants, Trebuchet Group and 31 other partners who have contributed 130 projects and counting. Get reporting or to start reporting - We look forward to helping you achieve your 2013 ClimateWise goals!
- Thurs., Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Project Reporting Work Session
For workshop descriptions, locations and to register, see the ClimateWise Event Calendar.
Special thanks to all the sponsors, exhibitors, presenters and attendees of the 8th annual Business Innovation Fair. Your participation and contributions made the fair a huge success, with nearly 300 business leaders and community members in attendance! To view photos from the event, visit http://on.fb.me/17A17v8. To view event presentations (PDF), visit http://bit.ly/IKCUJC.
If your organization still needs meeting credits to achieve your 2013 declared level, check out the ClimateWise Event Calendar for meeting opportunities.
- New 2013 partners are not required to earn a level their first year
- Declared Bronze and Silver need at least 2 meetings per year
- Declared Gold and Platinum need at least 3 meetings per year.
Dellenbach Motors: The Giving Tree
Each holiday season the Dellenbach Motors’ community brings people from all walks of life together to celebrate and connect through the Giving Tree. The annual program is led by Briana Dellenbach, her family, coworkers, and a slew of thoughtful customers, and is designed to connect people through unassuming community building.
Each year about 80 kids from a different Fort Collins elementary school are selected to be on the Giving Tree, and to share what gift they “need” and “want” that holiday season. “It’s humbling to see what kids request as their ‘need’ gift,” explains Briana. Requests are typically simple and important, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, or hair ties. “Want” gifts tend to be simple too; kids usually ask for toys like sports balls, not Nintendo Wii’s.
Briana emphasizes the impact the Giving Tree has on the community and Dellenbach Motors’ co-workers, “Most people want to help, but sometimes they just don’t know how to get involved, and this is a great way for them to do so.” In addition to empowering co-workers to make a difference, the Giving Tree brings the Dellenbach Motors’ team closer to customers too. Employees and customers may team up to buy gifts that otherwise might be too expensive. If some children’s wishes remain on the tree as Christmas quickly approaches, the Dellenbach family ensures the gifts make their way into Santa’s bag.
The Giving Tree always culminates with a celebration of food, gifts and good company. Each year Santa brings presents and a beautiful decorated tree (compliments of Palmer’s flowers) gets raffled off. Most importantly, this is when the Giving Tree families and gift giving coworkers and community members get to see the kids happy and carefree.
Briana encourages organizations to take a similar approach to employee and community engagement. “Grow your idea - don’t be afraid to have an idea and make a bigger impact,” she said. Dellenbach selected Putnam Elementary School to be on the Giving Tree this year, but in the future, they hope to grow to multiple schools, touching the lives of even more families.
ClimateWise has received overwhelming feedback from partners interested in developing their organization’s social responsibility beyond environmental stewardship. In 2010, the Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Sub-Committee began work on a social impact program, and after two years of development, the ClimateWise Social Superstars program made its debut. In 2012, ClimateWise partners dedicated over 20,264 hours and $735,570 to make a positive social impact on more than 159,289 people!
Find out more about the Social Superstars program at fcgov.com/climatewise/social-superstars and join the increasing number of organizations committed to social responsibility. Complete the Social Superstars self-assessment today!
Hosted by the City of Fort Collins FC Bikes Program, the Commuter Challenge is a friendly competition amongst local businesses to encourage people to bike to work during the month of December. According to the 2010-2012 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates, 6.4% of Fort Collins residents bike to work and 73% drive alone. The Commuter Challenge is designed to create a supportive environment, through resources and incentives, to increase the number of trips made by bicycle in Fort Collins. The Commuter Challenge is a great way to create a new habit of bicycling through the winter and to reward those who already do. Whether you're thinking about trying bike commuting for the first time, or you're an experienced rider, the Challenge is for you!
215 N. Mason St., Community Room
Wed., Dec. 18, 7:30-9 a.m.
Find out how to implement and strengthen sustainability programs by:
- setting priority goals
- modifying purchasing guidelines
- developing challenges
- using community based social marketing techniques
Complimentary program - seating is limited. Light breakfast provided.
To learn about other programs in the series, visit fcgov.com/biz-ed, call (970) 221-6700, email or TDD (970) 224-6003
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, 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.
Utilities offers many programs and services to help customers offset costs and lower monthly bills. Learn more at fcgov.com/utilities/business/conserve or by speaking with your account representative. Also, sign up for our electronic newsletter, fcgov.com/keepcurrent, to hear about programs and educational opportunities throughout the year.
2014 Rate Changes
- Residential: 1.6 percent increase
- Small commercial: 1.9 percent increase
- Mid-size commercial: 2 percent increase
- Large commercial: 2.2 percent increase
- Industrial: 2.6 percent increase
- Residential: 9 percent increase
- Multi-family: 16.4 percent decrease
- Duplex: 1.8 percent decrease
- Commercial: 7.7 percent increase
- High-volume industrial: 3.5 percent increase
- Residential: 7.5 percent increase
- Multi-family: 4.2 percent increase
- Duplex: 5.6 percent decrease
- Commercial: 3.6 percent decrease
- No changes
Why Rates Change
Electric rate increases are primarily due to generation costs and local renewable energy projects. Water rate increases are used for infrastructure improvements, as well as ongoing operation and maintenance costs. One quarter of the overall water rate increase is associated with the added expenses from the High Park Fire. An example of how the 2013 water rates were used can be seen with the completion of the pre-sedimentation basin, located north of the mouth of the Poudre Canyon, which was designed to remove sediment in the Poudre River caused by 2012 forest fires. Wastewater rate increases also are used for infrastructure improvements and ongoing operation and maintenance costs.
A cost of service study was performed in 2013 and is reflected in the approved rates, including decreases for some rate classes.
If you have questions or need additional information, call a commercial account representative at 970-221-6700, email or visit fcgov.com/commercial-rates.
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 (normally $35) for recycling their appliance. Residents purchasing qualified ENERGY STAR ® dishwashers will receive a bill credit of $50 (normally $25) and those purchasing clothes washers will receive a bill credit of $100 (normally $50).
Purchases must be made from September 1 through December 31, 2013, and applications submitted by January 14, 2014, to receive the double rebates. Applications and qualification details are available at participating retailers and online at fcgov.com/rebates-programs.
Also until December 31, Utilities is offering double rebates on WaterSense and MaP Premium toilet purchases. Receive $100 or $150 (normally $50 or $75) for replacing and recycling up to two toilets per qualifying account (must be a Fort Collins Utilities water customer to qualify).
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. The WaterSense label means the showerhead was independently tested to ensure a good shower doesn’t have to be sacrificed in order to achieve water savings. Check local retailers for a wide selection of models.
For program rules and details, visit fcgov.com/rebates-programs, email , call 970-221-6700 or TDD 970-224-6003.
ClimateWise welcomed three new businesses in November:
Thurs., Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - ClimateWise Project Reporting Work Session, Multi-use Room #2, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr. Stop by and use this dedicated time to work on your 2013 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.
Tues., Dec. 10, 1:30-2:30 p.m. - Webinar - Implementing Indoor Water Use Reduction: 2:0 CE hrs., 215. N. Mason St., Room 1B. This seminar covers the details of LEED pre-requisites, credits, and requirements as they relate to indoor water use reduction across all LEED rating systems. The course also outlines how these requirements will affect projects. Relationships between LEED pre-requisites and credits are highlighted. The course offers examples of real-world projects to illustrate a proper understanding of the LEED material. In order to receive LEED CEUs - you must register through USGBC and pass an on-line quiz. Register today. (You will need to set up an account, if you don’t already have one.)
Wed., Dec. 11, 7-9:30 a.m. - Winter Bike to Work Day*. Free breakfast stations will be set up around town rewarding people for choosing to bicycle to work. If bicycling in the winter sounds daunting, Winter Bike to Work Day is a great day to test the waters as you’ll find hot coffee and warm breakfasts at every turn. Join your friends and neighbors and take on the Winter Bike to Work Day challenge! View details - save the date!
Thurs., Dec. 12, 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - Fourth Annual Conference of the Colorado Climate Network: Local Emissions Reductions - Retooling for the Future, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO. View details and register today.
Thurs., Dec. 12, 3:30-5 p.m. - New Belgium Talk & Tour and Holiday Celebration, New Belgium Brewing Company, 500 Linden St. Tour is full - registration closed.
Wed., Dec. 18, 7:30-9 a.m. - Biz Ed - Implementing a Sustainability Program, 215 N. Mason St., Community Room. Find out how to implement a successful sustainability program by modifying purchasing guidelines and building a sustainable culture. Register today.
For information on how to join ClimateWise, call (970) 221-6700 or email .
Note: Events marked by * cannot be used to fulfill ClimateWise partner meeting requirements.
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