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ClimateWire - May 2018

Ditch the Disposables - E3 Challenge Champions

ClimateWise would like to recognize the following businesses for participating in the first group E3 Challenge of 2018 – Ditch the Disposables:

  • Foothills Gateway
  • Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
  • Poudre River Public Library District
  • The Wright Life
  • Trebuchet Group
  • Trees, Water & People

These businesses chose what disposable(s) to target in their workplace and challenged co-workers to participate in fun, creative ways to reduce the use of these items. Some did away with disposable coffee cups and filled their workplace cupboards with donated cups from home. One Partner made cloth napkins out of extra material from hobbies and challenged their co-workers to use them instead of paper towels. Another Partner issued a bandana to each team member to serve as napkins in place of disposable ones. One group saved 1,000 disposable cups from going to the landfill, another counted 879 times they opted to not use a disposable item!    

E3 Challenges are designed to engage employees and help build good habits. They encourage individuals to reduce their environmental impact by making one small change to their daily routine for 3 weeks. They are simple, measurable and fun, and get teams to work together to make a difference. Find out more about the E3 Challenge here.

Pictured above was the winning coffee mug donated to the workplace, as well as the cloth napkins and a bandana that were both used in place of paper napkins.

Join the Alternative Transportation Group Challenge in June

Spring is here, Partners… the sound of birds chirping, flowers blooming and, yes, bike tune ups are in full swing! 

Did you know:

  • Just 3 hours of biking per week can reduce your risk of heart disease by 50 percent!
  • Public transportation use in the US reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually

We want to help you engage, support and sustain your fellow co-workers in finding fun, creative ways to make alternative transportation a healthy lifelong habit. 

Sign up for the Alternative Transportation Challenge and see how many times your co-workers choose to bike, walk, carpool and use public transportation for 3 weeks in June.

Only 14 businesses can participate in this specialized challenge. We’ll provide all the material—don’t miss this opportunity to get your E3 badge with ClimateWise staff helping you every step of the way!

Please note: When signing up for the Alternative Transportation Challenge, you are also signing up to attend the challenge kick-off on Wednesday, May 30, 3:30-5 p.m., Platte River Room, 222 Laporte Ave. Please contact Y2xpbWF0ZXdpc2VAZmNnb3YuY29t if you cannot attend the kick-off meeting but would still like to take part in the June challenge.

Sign up for the Alternative Transportation Challenge in June today!

myClimateWise is Open for 2018!

myClimateWise is now open for 2018 reporting. Thanks so much for your patience while our database was down for maintenance. Login to your account today and check out what’s new! 

  • Promote equity and inclusivity in your business – (Social Responsibility Badge under Educate and Plan)
  • Buy local: reduce the distance your supply chain travels – (Transportation Badge under Act For Organizational Benefit)
  • Purchase electronics labeled EPEAT – (Waste Badge under Act)
  • Set High Use Alerts and Track Water Use through WaterSmart Portal – (Water Badge, under Track and Reduce)

Contact Y2xpbWF0ZXdpc2VAZmNnb3YuY29t with any questions.

Welcome New ClimateWise Partners!

Mayor announces the 2017 Carbon Inventory Results at Envirovation

At Envirovation, Mayor Troxell shared the exciting preliminary results from the 2017 carbon inventory - the community has decreased its greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from the 2005 baseline level. These decreases are due to local action, new data, and methodology revisions, including the transition to the new Global Protocol. Prior year’s inventories have been updated, putting 2016 results at 15 percent below the baseline. While annual progress depends on many variables, we are seeing a consistent downward trend in our emissions - we are now just 3 percent away from achieving our 2020 goals!

Interested community members are invited to a 2017 carbon inventory methodology deep dive on May 24, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Colorado River Community Room, 222 Laporte Ave.

Join us if you are you interested in learning:

  • How updates to methodology and data impacted historical inventory results
  • Which methodologies and data are used to calculate emissions from energy, transportation, waste and water
  • How changes to the carbon forecast methodology impact the 2020 carbon emission forecast
  • Which opportunities exist for continuous improvement and innovation in carbon accounting
Read the Press Release.

Business Owners: Save Big with a Bonus Rebate on LED Lighting

Fort Collins Utilities and Efficiency Works are offering a 25 percent BONUS rebate for commercial LED lighting upgrades.

If you’re still using fluorescent lights, now is the time to upgrade to LED technology. New LEDs are more affordable than ever and use roughly 50 percent less energy than fluorescents. They also provide better lighting and, unlike fluorescents, LEDs can be dimmed for additional energy savings.

The bonus rebate is applied in addition to current Efficiency Works incentives.

Hurry, this offer is for a limited time only and the project must be submitted by Nov. 15, 2018. Learn more at

Special Collection Event at the Timberline Recycling Center

The next Timberline Recycling Center special collection recycling event is coming up June 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard at the Timberline Recycling Center, 1903 S. Timberline Road! Recycle mattresses, box springs, books, and bulky rigid plastic items (including buckets, lawn furniture, and plastic playground equipment). There is a $5 entry fee per vehicle and additional fees to recycle certain items. Learn more about the event

During the event, the Timberline Recycling Center will be open for regular business, accepting yard debris, batteries, used oil, electronics, aggregates, paint, and more.

Outdoor watering draining your wallet?

During the summer, outdoor use increases the impact water bills can have on business budgets. Inefficient schedules and systems apply more water than landscapes need. Your landscape can survive and may perform even better with less water. Too much water can damage the landscape or other features like fencing, sidewalks, parking lots, foundations and more. Actions large and small can save water and money. If you are looking to increase efficiency this summer follow these simple steps:

  1. Identify if water is being over applied based on the estimated landscape area and the weather with Fort Collin Utilities new water landscape budget. Contact Abbye Neel at YW5lZWxAZmNnb3YuY29t for more information or to participate in this complimentary program.
  2. Improve your watering efficiency by switching to a cycle-soak watering scheduled. This no-cost change creates a schedule with two start times, allowing water to absorb in between watering times and travel deeper into the roots to support a healthier lawn. It also prevents run-off!
  3. Upgrade your equipment. Partner with a Certified Landscape Professional to install efficient equipment at lower costs today! Contact Eric Olson at ZW9sb3NvbkBmY2dvdi5jb20= for more information.

    Example Landscape Water Budget.


Waste Reduction and Recycling Assistance Program for Fort Collins Businesses

Ready to start a new recycling program? Does your current recycling program need some attention?
We can help! Through the Waste Reduction and Recycling Assistance Program (WRAP), the City of Fort Collins’ Waste Reduction and Recycling Team provides support and materials to businesses looking to start or improve their recycling and compost systems. All resources are offered free of charge!

The program offers:

  • On-Site Assessments
    • To help start new recycling programs or improve existing programs
    • Rebates to start compost collection
  • In-Person Education
    • When starting recycling
    • To help reduce contamination in recycling
  • Free Education Materials to Aid Recycling
    • Signs, decals, & posters

Visit or contact Caroline Mitchell at 970-221-6288 or Y21pdGNoZWxsQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== to get started.