Climate Action Plan Newsletter

Happy snowy winter everyone!

2020 is a big year in Fort Collins and globally – not only is it our first milestone for climate action, it is also 50 years of celebrating Earth Day! We hope you will join us in our Earth Day Challenge by losing 5,000 lbs...of CO2e of course!

As many of you also know, we're updating our Climate Action Plan, Energy Policy, and Road to Zero Waste Plan in the process we're calling Our Climate Future. Thank you to the over 600 community members and organizations who engaged in our first phase! We're seeking your feedback on what we've heard so far - let us know your thoughts by March 2nd and we'll be letting you know next steps to engage in our next newsletter!

Stay warm,

Lindsay and Team

Tell us what you think!
Thank you to everyone who participated and provided feedback in our process thus far! We would like to hear your feedback on the themes from the first phase. 

City staff read through every community member's ideas and created a draft set of themes in two categories (Community Priorities & Big Barriers) to summarize what we heard. Then, we looked at those two sets of themes to create a list of Core Principle questions to guide developing and screening strategies to achieve Our Climate Future. We would like your feedback on all three by Monday, March 2nd. Feel free to share the survey with others in our community to get their feedback.

We'll use these themes to develop and evaluate the strategies to achieve our community goals around energy, zero waste, and climate action. First time engaging with Our Climate Future? Read this background info first.
Give us your feedback on what we've heard so far!

Earth Day Challenge: Lose 5,000 Pounds!

11 weeks - 5,000 pounds - Multiple prizes - One big Earth Day Celebration!

The Earth Day Challenge is a fun way for you to make more sustainable choices while saving time, energy, and money. SHIFT and the Sustainable Living Association are challenging our community to lose 5,000 pounds of CO2e, the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, per household by Earth Day 2020 (April 22nd).

Create an account at to choose between 72 different actions you can take, track your progress, and earn points towards prizes!


  • Everyone who earns 5,000 points or more will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win an e-bike!
  • The Top Individual Household will win a $100 Downtown Business Association gift card
  • The Top Community Group will win another awesome prize
Start the Earth Day Challenge Now!

Recycle Batteries, Antifreeze, Motor Oil, and Paint at the Timberline Recycling Center

Did you know you can recycle batteries, antifreeze, motor oil, and paint at the Timberline Recycling Center free of charge?

 These materials are accepted year-round in the Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard at the Timberline Recycling Center, so community members can safely dispose of them as needed. Charges and entry fee apply for commercial customers dropping off batteries (learn more at

The Timberline Recycling Center is located at 1903 S. Timberline Road. The Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard is open Tuesday–Saturday. The “everyday” recyclables yard (cardboard, cans, glass, etc.) is open seven days a week during daylight hours.

What else can I recycle at TRC?

CAP Community Advisory Committee Member Spotlight: Jean Runyon

Jean is the Campus Vice President at Front Range Community College (Larimer Campus). She leads academic and student affairs and is responsible for the overall campus operations, ensuring that the campus promotes student success and completion, offers strong academic programs, develops new programming that responds to workforce demands, builds strong community partnerships, and provides outstanding facilities and service to students. Jean engages with climate action from an educational approach; she believes that the environment is one thing that all of us share, and that education is an important first step to inform current climate action efforts, to promote engagement, and to inspire a healthy climate future.

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Correction: CO2 Avoided with E-Scooters

In our December newsletter, we reported the amount of CO2 avoided since the launch of the Bird e-scooters in our community as 6 pounds. The correct amount of C02 avoided is actually 6 tons, or 12,007 pounds!

 Research has shown that 30 to 50% of all e-scooter trips would have otherwise been taken by car; so Bird calculates the amount of CO2 avoided by equating every two e-scooter trips with one car trip. 

 Thanks to everyone who has opted for a Bird e-scooter ride for reducing community carbon emissions!


Learn more about e-scooters

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