Climate Action Plan Newsletter

Happy (almost) summer Fort Collins!

This weekend, we’ll be out at Open Streets to help you shift your mail, saving you time for what matters most--because who enjoys sorting through junk mail? Thanks to the hundreds of residents who have already committed to Shift!

For our business subscribers, check out an incredible opportunity from the State to install EV Charging Stations at a reduced rate--details below.

Whether you join us this weekend, at Bike to Work Day, or are just reading for the exciting news about the recent legislation related to climate action, as always, we appreciate all you do in our community!



Visit the SHIFT Campaign at Open Streets
The SHIFT Campaign will have a booth at this month's Open Streets Event on Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Maple St. from Putnam Elementary to Lee Martinez Park. Stop by to learn how you can Shift your Ride, Shift your Cool, and Shift your Mail to save time, money, and carbon emissions! You can also take the SHIFT pledge here.

Open Streets events are free for everyone! We close public streets to through traffic to create a comfortable and fun environment to ride, walk, run, scoot, roll, and play in the street. Enjoy a packed schedule of live music, art, culture, and free activities for all ages. 
Learn more about Open Streets

Bike to Work Day 2019

This month, FC Bikes hosts its signature Bike Month event: Bike to Work Day (BTWD). Fort Collins' Bike to Work Day is a biannual event to encourage people to bicycle for transportation, experience the benefits of riding a bike, highlight our city's extensive bike routes, and demonstrate that bicycling is an easy, fun, and healthy means of traveling around the city.

Join us for Fort Collins' 32nd annual Bike to Work Day on June 26, 2019 between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.! Ride your bike to work (or anywhere) and stop by one of 68 free breakfast stations. Hope to see you there!

Find out more here

Funding Available for Business Installation of EV Charging Stations

The Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Energy Office will provide funding of up to $9,000 for approved EV charging stations, or up to 80% of the cost of purchase and installation. Hundreds of businesses across Colorado are already taking advantage of electric vehicle charging station incentives. Additional information and application resources can be found here: Charge Ahead Colorado Homepage.

Submit your application by June 24th to take advantage of these funds before the application period closes!

Apply for funding

State Commits to Climate Action Goals
Last month, Governor Polis signed seven climate and clean energy bills, including the state’s commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050. In addition to establishing goals, these bills require the state to inventory its emissions, which will help residents and businesses in Fort Collins to see how the impact of the actions we take right here are aligned with statewide efforts.
Click here for a full list of bills and their details from the Colorado Energy office

Panel Discussion: Carbon Neutrality by 2050: Is it Possible?
Last month, City of Fort Collins Climate Program Manager Lindsay Ex participated in a panel discussion on carbon neutrality at an event co-produced by the City of Fort Collins and the Larimer County League of Women Voters. 

Other panelists were Stacey Baumgarn, the Campus Energy Coordinator for CSU, and Max Moss, the President of HF2M. The panel discussion was moderated by Barbara Rutstein from the Larimer County League of Women Voters.

The League organized the panel discussion to help community members understand the challenges and innovations required to reach the community’s climate goals and ask, “is it possible?”
Watch a recording of the panel discussion

CAP Community Advisory Committee Member Spotlight: Molly McLaughlin
Molly McLaughlin will graduate with her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from CSU this summer. Her PhD research focuses on the energy-water-food nexus, specifically looking at the impacts of reusing oil and gas wastewater for agricultural purposes. Prior to moving to Fort Collins, she worked at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, CO and at the non-profit Energy Efficient West Virginia in Charleston, West Virginia.

She has served on the CAP Community Advisory Committee since 2017, and appreciates the opportunity to learn more about how environmental policies are implemented.

About the Climate Action Plan
The City is implementing its 2020 Climate Action Plan strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The goal is to achieve a 20 percent reduction from 2005 emissions by 2020, 80 percent by 2030 and be carbon neutral by 2050.

Contact Us

Lindsay Ex 
Climate Program Manager 

Carolyn Conant 
Climate Action Plan Assistant 

Sustainability Services
222 Laporte
Fort Collins, CO 80521