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Past Events#

2018 Innovate Fort Collins Challenge Pitch Night#

Graphic recording by artists Carrie Frickman and Wendy Serour

Six finalists presented their funding proposals at the August 30, 2018 public Pitch Night as part of the City’s Innovate Fort Collins Challenge. The teams, including nonprofit organizations, industry and educational institutions, were selected from 19 proposals totaling $788,000 in requested funding. Seven community volunteers participated by judging the competition. The winners of this year's competition included:

MISSion Innovation by Pretty Brainy

Taco ‘Bout Solar by Renewablue

NoCO Tool Lending Library by Ecothrift

Solar United Neighbors by Solar United Neighbors

She’s In Power 3.0 by C3E

Updates will be provided throughout 2019 so please follow these innovative projects as they progress!

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Innovation Summit#

On February 12th, 2018 a group of 85 community members and City staff gathered to collaboratively design challenge statements with a focus on energy, transportation, waste materials or behavior change. These statements were used in the 2018 Innovate Fort Collins Challenge (IFCC) competition, which launched in the spring. Thank you to Dr. Roger Firestien for facilitating and all who took the time to think critically and creatively with us.

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Elevate Climate Action Event#

The CSU Center for Public Deliberation held an event in partnership with the City on February 8th, 2018 to consider barriers and solutions for change for a set of top climate actions community members could take. Staff took the outcomes from this community event to inform the spring action campaign. Thank you to everyone who shared valuable input!

2017 Innovative Fort Collins Challenge Pitch Night#


On August 3rd, 2017 finalists pitched their ideas for helping the community achieve the Fort Collins’ Climate Action Plan goals at a public event at the Lincoln Center. This public pitch night was the culmination of a competition that started with 58 initial applicants and $5.5 Million in project proposals that was narrowed to six finalists. The winners of the Innovate Fort Collins Challenge were:

  • Colorado State University
  • Front Range Community College
  • Insecticycle, LLC
  • Poudre School District
  • Spring Back CO

If you missed the event, you can watch the full video recording here. You can also follow the progress of these projects for updates.

Innovate Fort Collins Winner Announced#

Symposium Logo

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.

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How to Measure Climate Action#

Measure Climate Action

The Performance Measurement work group held a panel discussion that highlighted three important tools to measure our success in reducing emissions.

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An Evening with Bill Ritter#

Road to 2020

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.

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Public Open House#

Climate Action 2020

The City held a public open house on the Climate Action Plan attended by more than 150 people on December 14, 2015 in collaboration with Professors Diana Wall and Brian Dunbar of CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

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Other Past Events#

  • March 10 – City Council Work Session
  • March 3 – Energy Board
  • March 1 – Foothills Rotary Club
  • February 25 – first meeting of the Community Advisory Committee
  • February 24 (tentative) – North Fort Collins Business Association
  • February 4 – Energy Board
  • January 21 – Colorado Clean Energy Cluster
  • December 18 – Chamber Local Legislative Affairs Committee
  • ClimateWise business outreach – October 22, November 19, and December 3
  • December 14 – Public Open House
  • December 2 – CSU Class in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department
  • November 12 – Community for Sustainable Energy and Fort Collins Sustainability Group
  • November 10 – Board of Realtors Governmental Affairs Committee
  • November 4 – Utilities Key Accounts Fall Meeting