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ClimateWise FAQ

How do I earn badges?

Each strategy your business implements will earn 1-3 points. Claim at least 5 points within a badge to earn that badge.

How do I earn a level?

The new program offers three levels (Silver, Gold or Platinum) to achieve using points earned from each of the primary badges – Waste, Water, Transportation, Energy and Social Responsibility. You do not need to earn points in every badge; however doing so increases the opportunity for your business to achieve the higher levels and more recognition. Each strategy your business implements will earn 1-3 points and when you’re ready for your level, the points earned across all badges will add up to determine your level.


What's the deadline to earn a level?

For 2015 projects, the deadline to report and earn your level and badges is January 31. After January 31, myClimateWise will roll over and Partners can start reporting for the 2016 calendar year. If you are unable to obtain all your data by January 31, please contact PGFjbGFzcz0=">Y2xpbWF0ZXdpc2VAZmNnb3YuY29t and we can work with you.

How many meetings do I have to attend to earn a level?

You don’t have to attend any meetings to earn a level. Instead, if you choose to participate in our meetings and events, you’ll receive 3 points per event on the badge of your choice.

Do I have to earn all five badges to be a member of ClimateWise?

Your business does not have to earn all five badges to be a member. Your business can earn as many of the badges that fit within its mission and scope. For example, your business might be able to earn the Water, Waste, Energy and the Social Responsibility badge, but chose not to pursue the Transportation badge because you have limited staff and no fleet vehicles.

How often can my business earn a level and badges?

Your business can earn badges and an overall program level yearly. For example, a business earns the Gold level in 2016 from points earned within the Waste, Water and Energy badges. In 2017, the business can again earn the Waste, Water and Energy badges and a new level from those points. Many of the strategies are designed to encourage ongoing best management practices, so we encourage your business to achieve badges and your level every year.

What's a Badge Strategy?

A strategy refers to a mixture of best management practices, actions, projects, innovative ideas, challenges and educational events. Strategies are divided into the following categories: Act, Educate and Plan, Quantify and Reduce and Innovate for each badge.

I'm interested in a certain strategy but I'm not sure what to do. Who will help me?

We have broadened the City staff that supports the ClimateWise program. You now can get in touch with the subject matter expert listed at the top of each badge to ask questions. Or, as always, you can email us at PGFjbGFzcz0=">Y2xpbWF0ZXdpc2VAZmNnb3YuY29t or call 970-416-2230.

How are points assigned to a strategy?

Points are assigned to a strategy using the following considerations:

  • GHG reduction potential
  • Monetary commitment
  • Ease of implementation
  • Priority (in terms of CAP importance)
  • Implementation documentation
  • Time commitment
I'm really not interested in the badge strategies and I want to do something that's not listed, what do I do?

We understand that some businesses will not be interested in the strategies we have for a badge. We still want you to participate! We’re counting on our business Partners to pilot new, innovative strategies that maybe we haven’t thought of yet. You’ll always be able to claim credit for what you’re doing outside of the current menu of options by filling in the blank under the Innovation category for each badge. We might want to talk with you about promoting your innovative projects and strategies via a Lunch and Learn or Talk and Tour event that we could invite other Partners to attend and learn.

How do I access myClimateWise?

Login information will be sent to you once you complete the ClimateWise 2.0 pledge.

I'd like to join the Advisory Committee, who should I contact?

The Advisory Committee has been formed for the 2015 year. The invite to our 2016 Advisory Committee will be sent in February 2016. We’d love your participation! Contact PGFjbGFzcz0=">Y2xpbWF0ZXdpc2VAZmNnb3YuY29t for more information.

Does my business have to be in Fort Collins to be a ClimateWise Partner?

All businesses from all sectors within the Fort Collins Growth Management Area (GMA) are eligible to join ClimateWise. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate businesses outside Fort Collins GMA at this time.