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Climate Wire - September 2014

Northern Colorado Business Innovation Fair!

City of Fort Collins ImageThursday, October 2, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Ranch Events Complex, Loveland

Come for the day or come for a few hours and take away information that could shape your future business practices.

Breakout sessions include:

  • smart grid and top five emerging energy efficiencies
  • socially sustainable business practices
  • sustainable transportation - dynamic mapping, mass transit, alternate transportation and electric vehicles

Want to expand your customer base? Become an event sponsor and receive free booth space and entrance to this regional event.

Register by 9/26 using Promo Code NCBIF and receive $20 discount.

View full agenda and register today. ($49)

New, Innovative ClimateWise Program is coming in 2015!

The ClimateWise program has been operating successfully since 2000. After 15 years, staff and partners alike felt the program needed a facelift. This year, a subcommittee of the ClimateWise Advisory committee and internal City of Fort Collins staff are developing a new program structure. This will include improvements to the level requirements to allow more flexibility for different sector-types, as well as ease requirement compliance while continuing to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals. 

The Requirements subcommittee will continue to collaborate with ClimateWise staff in September to help finalize the updated requirements and processes. The roll out of the pilot program is set for January 1, 2015. 

If you have questions, please contact Kathy Collier or 970-221-6700 to learn more about future program opportunities.

Have You Met Your Meeting Requirements?

If your organization still needs meeting credits to achieve your 2014 declared level, attend the Northern Colorado Business Innovation Fair and RECEIVE 2 MEETING CREDITS or check out the ClimateWise Event Calendar for additional meeting opportunities.

  • New 2014 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

Biz Ed - Create the Optimal Environment

City of Fort Collins ImageJoin Fort Collins Utilities for a tour of Colorado State University's (CSU) LEED Platinum Powerhouse Energy Campus. The new 66,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art addition is home to the CSU Engines and Energy Institute and includes: 

  • active daylighting
  • advanced controls with weather prediction
  • thermal mass and hydronic heating and cooling
  • solar, wind and combined heat and power generation

Explore these leading-edge technologies, while learning more about Fort Collins Utilities' cost-saving incentives and additional educational programs.

Register today 

To learn about other programs in the series, visit
call 970-221-6700, email 
or TDD 970-224-6003. 

Partner Profile SeriesCity of Fort Collins Image

The Fort Collins Whole Foods Market implemented an automated refrigeration lighting system. The lights dim when the store closes and come back on when the store opens resulting in 2550 kWh saved in one year.

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City of Fort Collins - Plant It Forward

City of Fort Collins ImageIn 2011, the City of Fort Collins’ Gardens on Spring Creek, in partnership with the Food Bank for Larimer County, launched an initiative called Plant It Forward. Plant It Forward focuses on bringing produce grown in backyards and local farms to low-income families. In 2013, the program yielded 11,707 pounds of fresh produce and this year’s goal is to donate 15,000 pounds.

“We want people to have access to fresh, local food” City of Fort Collins Sustainability Coordinator Rosemarie Russo exclaims. The Gardens on Spring Creek grows food in its Garden of Eatin’ and holds cooking and food preservation workshops on site, offering a complete “seed to table” experience. Plant It Forward is as much about food education and community engagement as it is about ensuring all families have access to great local food.

Have an abundant harvest you’d like to contribute this year? Food donations are being accepted at the Gardens on Spring Creek, the Food Bank and other Neighborhood Champion locations.

**Photo courtesy of Jeff Gibford, J Brook Photography.

Business Support Volunteer Open Enrollment

Open enrollment ends October 1st.

Don’t miss your chance to be paired with a volunteer that can help your business reach its ClimateWise goals.
Volunteers can help with tasks such as tracking project results, researching new ideas for improving energy efficiency, utilizing the GHG tool and ClimateWise reporting.  

For more information, contact or call 970-221-6847.

Weigh in on Tax Renewal Programs

ClimateWise partners are invited to join the City of Fort Collins Wed., Sept. 17, 7:30 - 9 a.m. at Rocky Mountain Innosphere 320 E. Vine Dr. Come learn about and weigh in on proposed tax renewals, Building on Basics and the Street Maintenance Program. Email Ginny Sawyer at with any questions and to RSVP. Additional info at

Upcoming Events


Thurs., Sept. 4, 3-4:30 p.m.
- Key Accounts/Large Commercial Customer Event, Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr. Meet the Water Utilities Managers and hear about water supply, High Park Fire restoration activities, the Lower Watershed Monitoring Program, wastewater capital projects and the proposed 2015 rates. Register today.

Wed., Sept. 10, 3-5 p.m. - ClimateWise Project Reporting 101, Fort Collins Senior Center Prairie Sage Room, 1200 Raintree Dr. Save the date - register today.

Thurs., Sept. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Creating a Workplace Garden, Cargill Inc., 2540 E. Drake Rd. Join us and learn what it takes to create and maintain a workplace garden and how it can benefit both employees and our community. Register today.

Fri., Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - ClimateWise Swap Your Challenge Workshop,  Community Room, 215 N. Mason. ClimateWise has developed a complete challenge toolkit with knowledge and materials to help you initiate and complete a successful employee engagement challenge. We would like to invite you to share your past successes and roadblocks with your peers, and to learn about the new opportunities provided by this new toolkit. Bring a lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided. Register today.

Wed., Sept. 17, 7:30-9 a.m.
- Building on Basics (BOB) 2.0 Tax Renewal, Rocky Mountain Innosphere, 320 E. Vine Dr. Come learn about and weigh in on proposed tax renewals, Building on Basics and the Street Maintenance Program. Email Ginny Sawyer at with any questions and to RSVP. Additional information

Wed., Sept. 17, 8:30-10 a.m.
- Retro-Commissioning and Code Requirements, Community Room, 215 N. Mason St. Building commissioning, re-commissioning, retro-commissioning, existing building commissioning, continuous commissioning and monitoring based commissioning. Learn what these terms mean as well as code requirements and best approaches for various facilities. Also, gain a better understanding of the approaches, tools and techniques for all types of building commissioning. View details and register today.

Thurs., Sept. 18, 3-5 p.m.
- Biz Ed - Create the Optimal Environment, Powerhouse Energy Campus, 430 N. College Ave. Explore the leading edge for energy performance. Discover best practices for new buildings, technology retrofits and solar PV systems. Register today.

Thurs., Sept. 25, 9-10:30 a.m. - Platte River Power Authority Rawhide Energy Station Tour, 2700 E. County Rd. 82 Wellington, CO 80549. Join us for a walking tour of the plant and learn the key components of a coal-fired generation process including environmental control systems. Register today.

Fri., Sept. 26, 8-10 a.m. - Integrating Photovoltaics in Buildings for Renewable Energy Production (2.0 CEUs), 215 N. Mason St., Room 1B. This class is designed to teach people about integrating photovoltaics into building projects. Photovoltaics are explained, different options are covered, and implementation examples are given. The class will teach participants to apply good photovoltaic techniques that will create energy onsite. This course provides real world examples to illustrate proper understanding of photovoltiacs and how photovoltaics can be used in LEED to achieve onsite energy production.  Note:  Partners wanting CEUs will have to contact GES to pay fee.


Thurs., Oct. 2, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Business Innovation Fair, Ranch Events Complex, 5280 Arena Cir., Loveland, CO. Explore economic, social and environmental opportunities in business technology. Walk away with tools to lower environmental impact, operate more efficiently and increase economic competitiveness. Register by 9/26 using Promo Code NCBIF and receive $20 discount.

Partners attending the full day will receive two meeting credits.
 View full agenda and register today.

Wed., Oct. 8, 3-4:30 p.m. - ClimateWise Talk and Tour: Larimer County Landfill, Larimer County Landfill, 5887 S. Taft Hill Rd. Join Larimer County environmental scientist, Steve Harem, on a behind the scenes tour to learn first-hand how the sanitary landfill operates. Register today.

Wed., Oct. 15, 8:30-10 a.m. - Office Efficiency: Get Plugged In, Community Room, 215 N. Mason St. Learn how to take a holistic approach to IT, server rooms and cooling systems. Energy used from office equipment, computers, small IT servers and other electronics that keep businesses running - often referred to as plug loads - are the fastest growing sources of energy consumption. Find out how to determine strategies and support available to reduce these loads. View details and register today.

Thurs., Oct. 16, 7:30-9 a.m. - ClimateWise Project Reporting Work Session, Location TBD. 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.

Personal Interest Events*

Thurs., Oct. 23, 9:00-11:30 a.m. - United Way of Larimer County Poverty Simulation*, Eagle Room 1 and 2, 112 Willow St. Learn about and engage in poverty reduction through a United Way of Larimer County Poverty Simulation. This experience includes an introduction, the actual simulation exercise and a debriefing period. View details and register today to assume the role of a family member facing poverty. View details and register today to volunteer as a community resource actor.


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


Physical Address: 700 Wood St. Fort Collins, CO 80521
Phone: (970) 221-6700
Fax: (970) 221-6619