ClimateWise offers five primary badges and one specialty badge for your business to earn. Each primary badge (Energy, Water, Waste, Transportation and Social Responsibility) offers a menu of strategies for your business to choose from. 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 under each badge: Act, Educate and Plan, Quantify and Reduce and Innovate. They are mainly worth 1-3 points each, although a select group of strategies offer up to 10 points for projects that achieve significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. To earn a primary badge, you must claim a minimum of 8 points under the badge.
Click on the badges below for more information and resources.
Earning a Level
Your business can earn a level each year based on the total points you achieve across all of the badges.
Silver: 10-35 total points
Gold: 36-64 total points
Platinum: 65+ total points
myClimateWise is the web portal where you report your data as a Partner. Login information will be sent to you once you complete the ClimateWise pledge.
When claiming points under the Innovation category, you should first review the regular strategy list under the badge and ensure that your project is not listed. If there is a similar strategy listed, consider claiming points under that strategy with a good description of how your project varied. Review the Guiding Principles for more information. Otherwise, consider the following factors and questions when assigning points to your project:
GHG reduction potential - did the scope of your project reduce greenhouse gases? Was this a small, medium or large reduction? The EPA has a great page on measuring your impact that can help you understand the scope of potential reductions.
Ease of implementation - was this a quick and easy project to put in place? Did you have to research and gain buy in from management?
Time Commitment - how long did the project take? Did it take a significant investment of time, or was it a short, one time project?
Monetary Commitment - considering the size of your operating budget, was the project a significant expense for your business?
Employee involvement - did your project involve several employees or was it limited to just a few? Did you make an attempt to share out your project and involve as many employees as possible?
Analyze your answers to the questions above. If the project was fairly minor, quick to implement, involved few employees, and had a small budget, assign the project 1 point. If it took more time, money, employees, and commitment, assign it 2 points. If the project took multiple weeks to implement, involved several employees, and was a significant budget expense, assign it 3 points. For a combination of these factors, use your best judgement. If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact Y2xpbWF0ZXdpc2VAZmNnb3YuY29t.
The deadline to report and earn a level is January 31. If you are unable to obtain all your data by January 31, please contact Y2xpbWF0ZXdpc2VAZmNnb3YuY29t and we can work with you.
Due to the wide variety of businesses within Fort Collins, ClimateWise recognizes that some businesses might not be able to implement a certain strategy exactly as written. The primary consideration when working to claim points should be to fulfill the intent of the strategy.
To the fullest extent possible, employees of the business should be aware of involvement in the ClimateWise program. We encourage staff that work on ClimateWise to spread the word and share what badges have been earned with employees.
For businesses that have multiple buildings within Fort Collins, points can be claimed if at least one building meets the intent of the strategy.
Report as you go. As your business achieves strategies in the program, use myClimateWise to report and watch your points add up over the year.