Residents, businesses and students are encouraged to attend “Community Carbon Goals: Inspiring Action for the Future” on Monday, October 21 from 5-7 p.m. at 215 N. Mason St., Community Room. Learn how and why the city of Copenhagen set a goal to become a carbon neutral city by 2025. Learn about community successes to date and future greenhouse gas goal alternatives for the City of Fort Collins, and share your vision for Fort Collins’ future carbon goals.
Featured guest speakers include Rune Rasmussen (Copenhagen Clean Tech Cluster) and Soren Norgaard Madsen (Senior Advisor of Urban Development and Green Growth for the City of Copenhagen). Presentations begin at 5:15 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.
In 1999 and again in 2008, Fort Collins was among the leaders in the nation by committing to reduce local greenhouse emissions and reporting progress. As of 2012, Fort Collins’ community carbon footprint is 9 percent lower than it was in 2005, despite population growth of 14 percent and a growth in Sales and Use tax revenue of 21 percent.
“For over a decade, Fort Collins has embraced a pragmatic approach to climate protection called ‘No Regrets’ that involves making economically sound choices to curb greenhouse gas emissions, while providing multiple benefits and support for existing community goals. This approach is paying off well for our community,” said Bruce Hendee, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Fort Collins.
Since 2008, scientific findings about climate change further underscore the importance of reducing emissions and increasing community resiliency in the face of a changing climate. New technological opportunities have emerged that include advancements in smart grid, vehicle electrification, changes in the price of energy solutions, new waste reduction strategies, etc. “Given the advancements in science and opportunities, now is the time to re-evaluate our goals,” said Hendee.
For more information on the event or to learn more about Fort Collins’ climate protection efforts, visit fcgov.com/climateprotection