City News

Welcome to City News. In this issue you'll learn about the City's progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an opportunity for you to help enhance the community's tree canopy, and how you can celebrate the opening of Fort Collins' newest park. Thanks for reading.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

City reduces GHG by 22%
The City of Fort Collins is leading by example in working toward the community's greenhouse gas reduction goals (20% reduction below 2005 levels by 2020, 80% reduction by 2030, and carbon neutral by 2050). As of 2018, the City organization's municipal greenhouse gas emissions are 22% below 2005 levels. This means the organization is ahead of schedule for the 2020 goal!

Drivers of this reduction include cleaner electricity generation and increased energy efficiency. As stewards of taxpayers’ dollars, the City continues to invest in operational improvements that lower carbon emissions, such as converting municipal buildings to solar energy and City vehicles to electric.

The City of Fort Collins is committed to providing world-class municipal services, both today and as we grow and change in the future. In order to do so, the organization must be sustainable and resilient. This year, City staff completed the Municipal Sustainability and Adaptation Plan, which is a road map for operating and building a healthy and sustainable organization by 2050.

To learn more about the City’s climate action goals, visit fcgov.com/climateaction.
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Reminder: Changes to On-Peak Hours Coming Oct. 1

Beginning Oct. 1, Time-of-Day residential electric pricing will shift to non-summer hours and prices, with on-peak hours from 5-9 p.m., weekdays only. Weekends and major holidays* are off-peak. Learn more at fcgov.com/TOD.  

(*New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas – as observed.)

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Sugar Beet Park Grand Opening

The City of Fort Collins invites you to join in celebrating the opening of Sugar Beet Park. Learn about how the sugar beet industry played a part in Fort Collins history and the design of Sugar Beet Park. Also, tour the park to see the pollinator garden, meet park design experts, and play on the giant sugar beet play structure.

Sugar Beet Park Grand Opening
Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-noon
Intersection of East Vine Drive and 9th Street

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Share Some Shade
The City of Fort Collins has 1,300 vacant tree sites - places where trees once existed but haven't yet been replaced. In addition, ash trees make up 33 percent of the Fort Collins tree canopy and more than 7,000 of the City's tree inventory. The emerald ash borer is a wood boring beetle that has made its way to Colorado, putting ash trees at risk. Your donation can help keep Fort Collins' tree canopy lush and healthy, by planting a tree that is resistant to the emerald ash borer. 

Your tax-deductible gift of $450 buys, plants and cares for a new tree that will be 2-inch caliper, drought-tolerant, and of a species selected by the City Forester. From deciduous to evergreen, linden to honeylocust, elm to oak, every tree in our canopy:
  • Reduces noise pollution and can lower energy costs
  • Captures rainfall and reduces stormwater runoff
  • Improves air quality  
Visit fcgov.com/citygive to plant it forward.
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Apply online for double toilet rebates

This fall, Utilities toilet rebates will double to $100 per eligible toilet purchased from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Toilets account for about 30 percent of indoor water use in the average Fort Collins home, so upgrading an old, high water use toilet can lead to big savings on your monthly bill. With the help of a Utilities toilet rebate, an efficient toilet is more affordable than ever, and applying is easier than ever with Utilities' new online rebate application.

Applicants must be Fort Collins Utilities water customers, and old toilets must be recycled at an approved location. Up to two toilets per address per year are eligible. The regular rebate amount of $50 per toilet will apply to purchases outside of the double rebate period.

Learn more and apply at fcgov.com/UR.

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Poudre River Whitewater Park Grand Opening
Join the City of Fort Collins in celebration of the opening of the Poudre River Whitewater Park, an exciting new development that will link Downtown to the River District, bring the river back to a more natural state, provide safe access to the river, and improve the river floodplain.

Grand Opening Celebration
Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-noon
Poudre River Whitewater Park - Intersection of East Vine Drive & Jerome Street

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Fall Prevention is for Everyone

Poudre Fire Authority is spreading awareness during Fall Prevention Month

Falls are a significant health problem for people of all ages. In fact, they’re one of the leading causes of death in Colorado for people between the ages of 24 and 34. Falls are not just an "older adult problem," they’re an "everyone problem," though older people are more apt to suffer a serious injury from a fall. Share these tips with the caretaker, older parent or aging friend in your life.

Prevent falls with:

  • Low impact exercise
  • Sturdy shoes with non-stick soles and good ankle support
  • Brighter lighting in homes and walkways
  • Easy access to everyday needs
  • Clear walkways inside and outside

Advancing in age does not mean you always need help. If you suffer a fall, try the Sit-Kneel-Stand method:

  1. Get into a seated position, then do a self-assessment. Does anything hurt or did you suffer an injury to your head, neck, back or hip?
  2. If you don’t need further assistance, move into a kneeling position.
  3. Find a sturdy object such as a chair or coffee table (crawl if needed) and use it to get to a standing position.
Never hesitate to call 911 in an emergency - PFA responds to hundreds of falls each year. We always love to help, but love it even more when people don’t get hurt at all. Be safe.

Water for Your Future

If approved, the Halligan Water Supply Project will enlarge the existing Halligan Reservoir, providing water to meet the demand of future Fort Collins Utilities water customers and increasing reliability for current customers in the event of prolonged drought or emergency interruptions.

Since 2000, Fort Collins residents have reduced per-person water use by 33 percent. Even with outstanding conservation efforts, Utilities customers are vulnerable to future uncertainties that could compromise our water supply, including extended drought. Although conservation helps keep water in storage, our total storage capacity is limited by our existing infrastructure, and all the water we conserve cannot be carried over from year to year.

Decades of careful planning and analyses made enlarging Halligan the most cost-effective and environmentally responsible alternative for to ensure a safe, reliable water supply for future generations. 

For more information, visit fcgov.com/halligan, email halligan@fcgov.com, call 970-416-4296 or V/TDD 711.

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Calendar

Bonspiel
Sept. 6-8
EPIC, 1801 Riverside Ave.
Info & Registration: fcgov.com/recreation

Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Streets Facility, 625 Ninth St.
Accepted items and details: fcgov.com/HHW

Grandparents Day
Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-noon
Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.
Info: fcgov.com/recreation

Artist Studio Tour & Sale
Sept. 27-29
Preview Exhibit Sept. 11-29, Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews St.
Info: fcgov.com/studiotour

Downtown Stormwater Improvements Open House
Oct. 23, 4-6 p.m.
Presentations at 4:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Lincoln Center Columbine Room, 417 W. Magnolia St.
Questions: piengo@fcgov.com or 970-221-6847

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