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ClimateWire - January 2018

Last Chance to Report for 2017

Over 65 percent of ClimateWise Partners have already reported their 2017 achievements. Have you? Don't miss your chance to be recognized at this year's Envirovation, April 27 at the Marriott.

  1. The 2017 reporting deadline is January 31.

  2. Login to myClimateWise
    Go to and enter your email address. You will be sent a link to login to the system. When you follow the link, your businesses account will come up.

  3. Take a minute to check off all strategies your business completed in 2017.

  4. Fill out the Waste Tracker (it will automatically be sent to ClimateWise staff and we will record your points in myClimateWise).

  5. Send your project photos and a short description to Y2xpbWF0ZXdpc2VAZmNnb3YuY29t so we can recognize your bussiness throughout 2018.

  6. Need help? Contact us at Y2xpbWF0ZXdpc2VAZmNnb3YuY29t.

City of Fort Collins ImageInspire Staff and Customers to Pedal More

Did you know the City’s FC Bikes program offers free education classes about a variety of bicycling-related topics? Your business can host a lunch-and-learn for staff or a class for customers. You provide the space and the participants and we’ll provide the instructors, the instruction and material. We teach classes about a variety of topics including but not limited to: Everyday Cycling, Cycling in Winter, Cycle Touring Basics and motor vehicle drivers in our Bicycle Friendly Driver class. Now is a great time to schedule classes for late winter or early spring. To schedule a class contact Jamie Gaskill-Fox, FC Bikes Program Specialist at amdhc2tpbGwtZm94QGZjZ292LmNvbQ== or 970-221-6987.

City of Fort Collins ImageFort Collins is taking the Big Jump

Fort Collins was one of 10 cities in the nation selected to participate in PeopleForBikes’ (PFB) Big Jump Project with the goal of getting more people on bikes. Through this three-year initiative, we will work with community organizations, leaders and residents to implement a comprehensive bicycle program in Northwest Fort Collins with the goal of increasing bicycle ridership and safety by completing a low-stress bicycle network, connecting people to where they want to go, and through a comprehensive neighborhood engagement program.

Visit the FC Bikes Big Jump webpage to learn more about the initiative and how to get involved in helping Fort Collins take the Big Jump.

Wood and Yard Waste Recycling

City of Fort Collins ImageFort Collins has a new option for recycling yard waste and wood waste locally. The Larimer County Landfill is now collecting clean lumber, wood pallets, tree limbs, tree trunks (less than two feet in diameter), and yard trimmings for $6.05 per-cubic yard.

This waste is ground up and sent to a local company called Biochar Now. Biochar Now uses the ground-up green waste to create a special, highly absorbent, nutrient-rich charcoal for use as a soil amendment. Read more about the Landfill's new service here.

Along with Larimer County’s new Landfill collection, Fort Collins businesses and residents have other options to recycle their wood and yard waste:

  • The Timberline Recycling Center Hard to Recycle Materials Yard accepts certain organic debris, along with unpainted, untreated lumber for a fee.
  • Hageman Earth Cycle accepts clean scrap lumber, pallets, crates, shake shingles, saw dust, plywood, and composite board along with yard trimmings.
  • Residential trash haulers offer yard trimmings collection from April – November for a fee.

See more options for wood and yard waste recycling on the City’s A-Z Recycling Page.

City of Fort Collins ImageJanuary is National Radon Action Month

Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas created during the natural decay of uranium in the soil. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, and can be drawn into buildings through cracks and openings in basements, crawl spaces and slabs.

Radon test kits can be purchased at the Senior Center (1200 Raintree Dr.) or at 281 North College. Short-term kits are $6.00 and long-term kits sell for $20.00. Participants in the Healthy Homes program receive a free radon kit. For more information about Radon, visit

City of Fort Collins ImageElevate Climate Action Event

Fort Collins has a plan to drastically improve our local environment by 2050. The Climate Action Plan includes hundreds of little and big steps towards a sustainable future. Some of them can be taken by the City, businesses and schools, but all of them need community members.

Our first milestone is rapidly approaching - 20 percent by 2020.

In partnership with CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation, the City is looking for a group that represents Fort Collins to come together and consider the top actions community members can take. Help us identify barriers to action and solutions for change.

Interested? Fill out the survey below for an opportunity to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards. The survey is being conducted by researchers at CSU and should take about 15 minutes to complete. We’ll select a representative group of the community's key demographics and stakeholders from all that respond. No ID required. The final group will be compensated $50 for their participation in the Climate Action Plan Forum Feb. 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Take the Survey

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