Climate Action Plan Newsletter

As summer officially begins this month, we are thrilled to highlight June as Healthy Homes month – we know that in times of extreme heat, most community members prefer to be at home for their greatest comfort. We also know that 1 in 4 households in Fort Collins have someone with a respiratory disease living in them and nearly 60% of our renters and 20% of our homeowners are cost-burdened – meaning they pay more than 30% of their incomes on housing. Healthy Homes can support you and your family with no- and low-cost solutions to improve indoor air quality, comfort, and much more. Learn more below.

Also in this newsletter are highlights about the Community Recycling Ordinance which expands recycling services to all of Fort Collins, including businesses and apartment complexes for the first time! Finally, this newsletter has energy efficiency tips and solutions for your home that will not only increase your comfort but also save your precious resources for what matters most to your family and community.

In other news, our City is celebrating the career of Lucinda Smith, our Environmental Services Director, as she transitions into retirement this week. Lucinda, thank you for your nearly 25 years of service to Fort Collins – your community and teams appreciate you!

Cheers,

Lindsay Ex, Climate Program Manager 

June is Healthy Homes Month!
Healthy Homes is a free, indoor air quality program for Fort Collins community members that aims to reduce chemical and biological pollutants, and promote safety. Staff, volunteers and partner organizations work together to improve the respiratory health of all Fort Collins community members.

June is a big month for Healthy Homes because they are celebrating ten years next month and June is National Healthy Homes Month! 

Complete a Healthy Homes phone assessment or Online Do-It-Yourself assessment during the Month of June to be entered into a raffle for a Healthy Homes gift bag. Included in each basket is a Healthy Homes CARES Kit, Healthy Homes tea blend, socks and bandana.

Please call 970-416-2832 to schedule a Healthy Homes phone assessment or email your completed results from the Do-It-Yourself assessment to healthyhomes@fcgov.com to be entered into the raffle.

Learn More About Healthy Homes Here

Community Recycling Ordinance
The Community Recycling Ordinance was unanimously approved by Fort Collins City Council in September 2016. It includes required recycling service for all multi-family and businesses by the end of June 2021, service surcharges on residential trash / recycling bills, seasonal yard trimmings collection, and grocer composting

Are you a business or multi-family property manager wanting to know more about this ordinance? Join a Q&A session!

In each session, the Waste Reduction & Recycling Team will address your questions, offer a brief overview of the ordinance, present resources for assistance and share information about variances and compliance.

Upcoming Q&A Sessions:  

Join a Q&A session!

Improve Your Home's Comfort, Health and Energy Efficiency with Epic Homes

Is your home or rental property uncomfortable? Do you notice drafts? Do certain rooms always seem too hot or cold? It doesn’t have to be that way! Epic Homes can help your home or rental become healthier and safer, as well as more comfortable and efficient.

Utilities’ Epic Homes program is one-stop-shop for single-family, duplex, triplex, and quadplex home and rental property energy efficiency upgrades. The program offers discounted energy assessments, substantial rebates on over 25 upgrades, attractive financing options, a voluntary indoor environmental quality study, and a certificate to document the energy improvements made to the home.

Learn more by watching an overview of the program or visit fcgov.com/epichomes.

Learn More About Epic Homes

Seasonal Efficiency Tips

These timely tips from Utilities can to help you save energy and water. Remember, small changes really add up!

  • Clean your dryer vent after every use or consider line drying your clothes when possible.
  • Close shades and blinds in the summer during the day to prevent radiant heat from heating up your home.
  • Time of Day rates change May 1 for Fort Collins Utilities customers. If possible, avoid using major appliances during peak energy use times (2-7 p.m.).
  • Don’t turn on your irrigation system until temperatures are consistently in the mid to upper 60-degree range and there is no precipitation. Typically, this occurs near the end of May.
  • After turning your irrigation system on, check for needed repairs. Learn about how to do this at fcgov.com/sprinkler-checkups.
  • Utilities offers residential sprinkler equipment rebates. Learn more at fcgov.com/sprinkler-rebates.
Learn More About Energy Savings

Contact Us
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Katsi or myself if there is more we can do to support you in your own climate action journey.

Lindsay Ex
Climate Program Manager 
lex@fcgov.com
970.224.6143

Katsi Peña
Climate Program Assistant 
kpena@fcgov.com
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