ClimateWire - April 2020
In challenging moments, we encourage our community to adapt their support of local businesses, including being mindful of social distancing, ordering pick up and go, purchasing gift cards and shopping online. Remember to show kindness and support to our neighbors and local businesses to the best of our ability, as these connections have a major impact on the vitality of our community.
To learn more about ongoing support for businesses, including available funding, local tax relief and City leniencies, visit fcgov.com/business. For a one-stop-shop for recovery information for Northern Colorado, visit NoCoRecovers.com.
In response to the latest local, state and federal recommendations regarding public gatherings, Envirovation on April 30 is canceled.
Staff is looking into alternative options to recognize ClimateWise partners for their 2019 accomplishments. We will send more information in the coming weeks. Badges will be mailed to businesses who earned them and we will contact those receiving plaques individually to make arrangements to get those delivered. Please contact Y2xpbWF0ZXdpc2VAZmNnb3YuY29t with any questions.
Thank you for your continued support of the ClimateWise program. We hope you and your loved ones stay healthy during this challenging time.
Take advantage of rainfall during April and May, the wettest months of the year, and wait to turn on your irrigation system until May 15!
Fort Collins Utilities awarded over $70,000 in landscape conversion grants to eight commercial water customers through the Xeriscape Incentive Program for HOA & Commercial properties. The projects are expected to convert a combined total of 580,000 square-feet of water-hogging turf to resilient, water-wise landscape. The awarded projects are estimated to save over 4.5 million gallons of water annually. If you are interested in something like this for your business, join the waitlist to be notified about the application process for 2021.
Congratulations to the 2020 XIP for HOA & Commercial awardees: Karate West, Larimer County, National Association for Interpretation, Rigden Farm Master Association, Rigden Farm Residential Association, Sidehill Condominiums, and Stodgy Brewing Company. Learn more at fcgov.com/xipXL.
The P2 Grant RFAdeadline is extended until April 30. EPA is announcing a grant competition to fund two-year Pollution Prevention assistance agreements for projects that provide technical assistance (e.g., information, training, tools) to businesses and their facilities to help them develop and adopt source reduction practices (also known as “pollution prevention” or “P2”). Additional information is available at grants.gov, under Funding Opportunity Announcement EPA-HQ-OPPT-2020-001.
The SRA Grant RFA deadline is extended until May 15. EPA is announcing a grant competition to fund two-year Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) agreements that support research, investigation, study, demonstration, education and training using source reduction approaches (also known as “pollution prevention” and herein referred to as “P2”). Additional information is available at grants.gov, under Funding Opportunity Announcement EPA-HQ-OPPT-2020-002.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Our Climate Future process has postponed the next phase, which will focus on working with the community to develop strategies to achieve our energy, zero waste and climate goals. In order to support the safety of our community, we will not be hosting any in-person meetings for the next two months.
In the meantime, staff are working diligently to develop ways to engage with the Our Climate Future planning process online, with the knowledge that there will remain a key role for in-person meetings down the road to ensure equitable access to the conversation.
To stay up to date, community members are encouraged to periodically check the Our Climate Future OurCity webpage. In the coming weeks, information about the results of the first engagement phase this past fall, which focused on understanding community priorities as it relates to sustainably, will be shared.
With concerns about COVID-19 and toilet paper shortages, there is increased use of wipes and other products like facial tissues, paper towels and napkins. Even if these products claim to be ‘flushable,’ they don’t break down like toilet paper and can clog pipes, leading to messy, costly sewer backups and property damage.
How Can You Help?
Remember to only flush the three Ps: pee, poo and toilet paper. All other items should be thrown in the trash (not the recycle bin). Please help us spread this message so we can all avoid unnecessary issues with our sewer systems and have one less thing to worry about.
It’s the property owner’s responsibility to maintain and repair the wastewater (sanitary sewer) line that runs from the home or building to the City’s sewer mains in the street, as well as any resulting damages. Learn more about customer responsibility and service line repairs at fcgov.com/sewer-line-repairs.
Reporting a Blockage or Backup
If you have a blockage or backup, call a plumber so repairs can be made as quickly as possible, as well as Fort Collins Utilities (970-221-6700) to report the issue and your insurance company for further direction.
On average we spend up to 90% of our time indoors, and during times like now, we are spending even more time in our homes. Indoor air quality can be up to five times worse than outdoor air, and the City’s Healthy Homes program goal is to help find low- or no-cost ways to reduce exposure to pollutants and contaminants in your home. Below are key actions you can take to improve your indoor air quality as you spend more time at home.
Keep It Contaminant Free:
Chemicals and fine particles in the home can affect your respiratory and nervous system…
- Limit the use of air fresheners and candles.
- Limit the use of chemical cleaners and try out the Healthy Homes all-natural disinfectant.
Keep It Clean:
Allergens and dust can trigger asthma and allergies…
- Place commercial grade doormats at all entrances.
- Take shoes off at the door.
- Damp dust—work on one room at a time.
Keep It Dry:
Too much moisture can lead to problems with mold in your home…
- Use bathroom fans to completely dry out bathrooms.
Keep It Well Ventilated:
Proper ventilation can help reduce a variety of indoor air pollutants…
- Regularly replace furnace filters. We recommend using 1-inch pleated filters with a MERV 8-11 rating.
- Run exhaust fans or open a window when cooking.
- Open windows and doors when the weather is nice outside and air quality is good. Check the Air Quality Index.
Keep It Well Maintained:
Spending time at home can be an excellent opportunity to work on those home maintenance projects. Don’t let small problems become big ones…
- Check for water leaks.
- Fix minor repairs.
Keep It Safe:
Now is a great to make sure your family understands what it means to have a fire safe home…
- Create a fire escape plan with your family or roommates.
- Locate the fire extinguisher and place in an accessible location.
Keep It Pest Free:
Conduct a pest check- check for evidence of mice and other pests under sinks, in garages, and in pantries…
- Store food, including pet food, in a plastic airtight container.