Fort Collins Climate Action Plan (CAP)
The Fort Collins City Council on March 3 unanimously adopted some of the most aggressive goals in the nation to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions: 20 percent below 2005 by 2020 and 80 percent by 2030, which would put the community on a path to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Council adopted the goals after four work sessions, multiple public forums and nine months of work with a Citizen Advisory Committee that helped shape the overall 2015 Climate Action Plan Framework. The framework document features 11 strategies that speed up the City's original 2008 goals to reduce emissions to 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Read More...
VIDEO: Fun Look at Climate Action
Watch a three-minute video on the City's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emission.
- Read more about the Climate Action Plan update.
- Read more about the Climate Action Plan Citizen Advisory Committee.
Climate Change Adaptation
Colorado Local Resilience Project
The report of the Colorado Local Resilience Project, convened by the Colorado Climate Network and the Colorado Municipal League, was released on April 23, 2015. The report is a call for action – for more steps by local governments, the Colorado state government, and others to improve the resilience of Colorado communities to climate change-related risks, including increases in wildfires, floods, and health-threatening heat waves. Former City of Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat and other City staff participated in the process along with 78 representatives from 30 local governments and six related local organizations to develop the report, which contains six conclusions and 36 recommendations, all representing a consensus of the project participants.
Colorado Local Resilience Project (PDF 1.1MB)
Climate Change Adaptation Report
Read a recent report about the City's climate action strategies and the role of the City in assessing the community's vulnerabilities to climate change.
Climate Change Adaptation (PDF 991KB)
Presidential Task Force on Climate Resilience and Built Systems Subgroup Preparedness
Presidential Task Force Releases Recommendations
After more than a year serving on the President's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness, Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat saw her hard work come to fruition with the release of the Task Force's recommendations. Read more here.
The President's Climate Preparedness and Resilience Task Force (Task Force) was convened to develop recommendations on how the federal government can better support local, state and tribal governments in achieving resilience through disaster preparedness, built systems, natural systems and agriculture, and community development and health.
The Task Force is charged with providing actionable strategies that can be implemented by Executive Order or through existing agency authorities which:
- Remove barriers and create incentives and otherwise encourage investments in resilience.
- Provide useful tools and information, including through intergovernmental coordination.
- Otherwise support state, local, and tribal preparedness for resilience to climate change.
The Built Systems Subgroup is soliciting input in developing recommendations specific to: water, transportation, energy, facilities, and coastal infrastructure in addition to program and agency administration.
Please consider contributing to this process with a brief response to the questions presented below with particular consideration to those actions that can be advanced in the short term and which will have the most impact.
Why do we need to prepare for a changing climate?
While we must make concerted efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, historic emissions have and will continue to impact our climate. Climate change is an urgent challenge that requires us to develop, and leverage, extraordinary capacity for resilience and innovation across sectors. In 2012, throughout the nation there was record heat and drought. Locally we suffered record wildfires that impacted the Cache la Poudre watershed- a key source of water and pride for Fort Collins. In 2013, the Colorado Front Range experienced extreme flooding that killed people, destroyed homes, business and public infrastructure. Climate science indicates we should expect more of what we saw in the last two years in future.
Future climate impacts for our region could include:
- Declines in snowpack
- Earlier spring runoff
- Greater likelihood for: severe storms, extended drought and severe wildfire
- Increased frequency and severity of heat waves and ozone formation
The City of Fort Collins has been considering the impacts to climate change since 2008. Assessments of potential climate impacts include:
- Vulnerability and risk assessments of key city services
- Repeated scientific study of hydrology, water supply and water demand
- Stormwater and floodplain management
Measures to reduce vulnerability could include:
- Fold adaptation considerations into city planning and decision-making processes
- Physical modifications to structures
- Changing the way infrastructure is installed and operated to reflect changing conditions
- Amending or implementing new codes and policies
- Improved coordination, communication and response during extreme events
- Participation in regional peer learning networks focused on adaptation strategies
Acting Locally and Globally
The City remains committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through multiple strategies. Many mitigation and adaptation strategies offer benefits to both efforts. By mitigating emissions locally and globally, we can help prevent future climate impacts from becoming more severe. Go to fcgov.com/enviro to learn more about how you can help fight climate change and participate in a variety of city programs to improve your home or business.
Watch this video of presentations by city staff from Copenhagen and Fort Collins and hear the community discussion about greenhouse gas goals.
For more information, please view the Climate Preparedness and Resilience Task Force page.
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Get the Skinny on ClimateWise
Learn about the City's Climate Wise program through this informative audio interview and blog feature in which Kathy Collier, program manager, speaks with Paul Wozniak, mid-day Host at Tri-102.5 FM.
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Plans and Policies
Working to transform downtown Fort Collins and CSU main campus into a net Zero Energy District through conservation, efficiency, renewable sources and smart technologies.
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ClimateWise Helps Local Businesses and the Environment
A business engagement program that encourages voluntary greenhouse gas reductions by promoting energy and water efficiency, as well as solid waste and transportation reduction for Fort Collins businesses.
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Utilities Home Efficiency Programs
Fort Collins electric customers can get a $60 home efficiency audits. Find out more about Utilities home efficiency programs
Utilities Business Programs
An integrated approach to efficiency for business owners, so the capital investments you make pay back through energy and water savings and reduced electric demand. Find out more about Utilities Business Program
Resilient Communities for America
Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat is one of 45 U.S. mayors and county officials who have committed to creating more resilient communities in response to growing national extreme weather and energy challenges. Read more
Colorado Climate Network
Fort Collins is an inaugural member of the Colorado Climate Network whose mission it is to support efforts by local governments and allied organizations in Colorado to reduce heat-trapping gases and to adapt to climate change. Read more
Southwest Climate Assessment
An excellent new compilation of the science of climate change and its impacts in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah is now available. Learn more