Have you heard the City is branding implementation of its Climate Action Plan? We’ve moved from planning to implementation, and that means finding a shared vision – and specific language – that drives people to take action that will help the community reach its goals for 2020 and beyond. Check back here for more information, and if you want to learn more about the development of that language, contact Emily Wilmsen at ZXdpbG1zZW5AZmNnb3YuY29t.
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If you missed the October "Road to 2020" Lunch and Learn presentation, you now have another chance to watch it here! The Performance Measurement work group held a panel discussion that highlighted three important tools to measure our success in reducing emissions.
The Lunch and Learn program is a monthly educational lecture series that is designed to increase people's familiarity with Road to 2020+ Issues.
See an explanation of how the City's implementation plan for the Climate Action Plan -- called the Road to 2020 -- fits in with the budget requests currently going before City Council for discussion. See a sample of some of the budget offers
The City of Fort Collins, Colorado State University, and Innosphere, the technology incubator in Fort Collins, announced the winner of the first Innovate Fort Collins competition on September 26 at the CSU 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium. This technology competition was focused on solving electric vehicle (EV) charging challenges because as more people buy electric vehicles, the pressure on charging loads can affect the reliability of the electric grid.
Qmulus, an emerging technology company with a solution for a plug-and-play adapter, was announced the winner of the competition. The Qmulus adapter connects between the electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV). For this competition, applications were collected from companies and entrepreneurs that focused on data acquisition from vehicles, installed metering or monitoring, or advanced meter data.
Read the press release
Watch a video on the award presentation
The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a group of citizen volunteers who offer diverse perspectives and expertise to help with the planning and implementation of the Fort Collins Road to 2020. Their perspectives will be shared with City council and the teams of city staff who are exploring potential action items that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
About 300 people attended a public forum with former Gov. Bill Ritter, Mayor Wade Troxell and City Manager Darin Atteberry August 24 at the Lincoln Center to discuss Ritter's new book about America's energy future and how it relates to the City's Road to 2020. The discussion was followed by an open house aimed at obtaining public feedback on initiatives that could help the community reach its 2020 carbon emissions reduction goals.
Watch a two-minute video featuring Tiana Smith, the City’s Sales Tax Manager, talking about her personal connection with the Climate Action Plan.
Also watch a brief video of Lindsay Ex, CAP program manager, and Tim McCollough, Light and Power Operations Manager for Fort Collins Utilities, describing the March 10 City Council work session discussion.
City Council on March 10 agreed staff is heading in the right direction with proposed initiatives to reach the City’s 2020 Climate Action Plan goals, and asked staff to highlight simple explanations of proposed projects and identify costs down to the individual level. Watch a brief video of Lindsay Ex, CAP program manager, and Tim McCollough, Light and Power Operations Manager for Fort Collins Utilities, describing the Council discussion: See the full packet of information provided to City Council, including more specific details on the initiatives and projected benefits and costs.
City Council in April 2016 approved an ordinance to assist the City with reaching its 2020 Climate Action Plan goals. The initiatives:
Building Energy Disclosure and Scoring
CAP Program Support
CAP Pilot Projects/Innovation Fund
Biomass Burner Feasibility Study
On March 10, City Council held a Work Session to review the implementation options for achieving the City’s 2020 Climate Action Plan (CAP) goals of reducing emissions 20% below 2005 levels. Read the full packet of information provided to City Council, or watch the video to learn more about the exciting next steps the City is taking to achieve these goals.
The information provided to Council includes the following:
The City held a public open house on the Climate Action Plan attended by more than 150 people on December 14 in collaboration with Professors Diana Wall and Brian Dunbar of CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Watch the presentations.
The City also recently announced members of the Community Advisory Committee who will help guide the City's efforts on greenhouse gas emission reductions. The committee that will start meeting in January:
What is the Climate Action Plan Framework?
The Fort Collins City Council on March 3, 2015, unanimously adopted some of the most aggressive goals in the nation to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions:
These aspirational goals speed up the City's original 2008 goals, which would have required reducing emissions to 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.
Council adopted the new goals after fourWork Sessions, multiple public forums and nine months of work in 2014-2015 with a Citizen Advisory Committee that helped shape the overall 2015 Climate Action Plan Framework.
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Staff has begun developing a 2020 Climate Action Implementation Plan to prioritize actions and associated near-term budget requests needed for progress between 2015 and 2020 to meet the 2020 goals and longer term targets.
At a September 8, 2015, work session, City Council expressed support for staff's development of 2020 Climate Action Plan implementation plans. Council members reinforced a sense of urgency to develop the plans given a recent uptick in greenhouse gas emissions, but also requested that staff provide measurable outcomes.
The implementation plan includes seven strategic areas, listed in no particular order with a brief description:
Energy Efficiency: Increase energy efficiency throughout the community.
Accelerated Alternative Energy Adoption: Increase alternative energy in all sectors, develop/enhance incentives.
Multi-modal Planning and Development: Shift land use and parking patterns to reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled, create green streets.
Road to Zero Waste: Increase waste diversion from landfill to 75 percent, enhance community recycling opportunities.
Pilot Projects and District Scale Initiatives: Identify and support large-scale pilot and district-scale projects to showcase innovative CAP solutions.
Water and Land Use: Enhance water conservation initiatives, green infrastructure initiatives.
The Climate Economy: Expand knowledge of existing financing mechanisms from around the globe while exploring relationships to support public-private partnerships.
Supporting these areas are a financing team and a team that will measure the community's success.
More information is coming on how you can engage with the Climate Action Plan! Check back here for updates!