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September 2016 Sustainability Newsletter

The Road to 2020 and the 2017-2018 Recommended Budget

Are you wondering how the budget process and the Road to 2020 goals align? Check out this infographic to learn more about the Road to 2020 offers associated with the City Manager’s Recommended Budget, which is going through a public process this fall. For more information about the budget process and the budget, go to

City to Celebrate Opening of Timberline Recycling Center

On October 4, Mayor Wade Troxell, City Councilmembers and City Manager Darin Atteberry will help officially celebrate the opening of the City’s new Timberline Recycling Center at 1903 S. Timberline Road. Fort Collins is one of only a few cities in Colorado that now offer a hard-to-recycle yard in addition to traditional recycling. See hours of operation and more details.

Manufacturing Day is October 7

Did you know the Fort Collins-Loveland area employs about 13,000 people in manufacturing jobs making an average of $70,000 a year? The City of Fort Collins is a contributing partner in the NoCo Manufacturing Partnership, a group of more than 50 northern Colorado manufacturing companies that was formed in 2013 to address common issues in the industry and spotlight the important manufacturing work in our region. Learn more about the partnership.

Community Recycling Ordinance Approved

The Community Recycling Ordinance was passed unanimously by City Council in September. One of the changes approved will allow trash haulers the option to charge a service surcharge of $3-4 per household to cover fluctuating costs such as fuel or recycling tip fees. Learn all the details.

Leaf Exchange/Fall Cleanup

Got leaves? Need leaves? Check out the Leaf Exchange message board to connect with neighbors and manage your leaves as they start to fall.

Also, if you need help raking your leaves, the annual Fall Clean Up partnership program between the City of Fort Collins’ Neighborhood Services Office and CSU Off-Campus Life is coming soon. If you are an elderly and/or physically limited resident living within the Fort Collins city limits and you need help with leaves, please call (970) 491-2248 to register your project. Projects must be registered by October 14.

Radon Action Week Starts October 16

The third week of October is nationally known as Radon Action Week. Radon is a cancer-causing, odorless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. The City’s Healthy Homes program offers free, two-hour assessments to Fort Collins residents that will evaluate your home’s indoor air quality, including a free radon test kit. Go to for more information.

City Council to Discuss Land Bank October 25

In preparation for City Council's Work Session review of the Land bank Program, staff has been discussing the program with Boards and Commissions, focus groups and community leaders to determine whether policy changes are needed to maximize the effectiveness of this program. A design charrette was conducted on one of the parcels highlighting constraints of the current program guidelines. This is the first holistic review of the program since it was created in 2001. Go to the City's website for more information.

Human Relations Commission Seeks Nominees for Awards

The Human Relations Commission is now accepting nominations for the City of Fort Collins Human Relations Award, which recognizes individuals who promote diversity and acceptance in Fort Collins. The deadline for nominations is October 26. Nominations are being sought for the following awards: 

Police and Emergency Services Award (public service personnel)

Senior Award (60 years and older).

Adult Award (19-59 years of age).

Youth Award (18 & younger).

Organization Award (Non-profit and For-profit)

Previous winners have included Alma Vigo-Morales, Police Services Sgt. Kent Robinson, Poudre High School Student Council, Martin Carcasson, who is director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation, and State Sen. John Kefalas.

An application, list of previous recipients and additional information about eligibility criteria may be found at