Climate Action Plan Newsletter

Even in the midst of the pandemic, our community continues to come together to achieve our climate action goals. Over 500 households engaged in our very first Earth Day Challenge and one lucky community member was the winner of an electric bike – see more below for this announcement and other ways to continue to engage in these challenging times.

In more personal news, I wanted to share with you all the exciting (and bittersweet) announcement that starting this week and running for the next 9-12 months, I will move into a new role as the City’s Interim Housing Manager. As you might have heard or can imagine, the City has enacted a hiring freeze as one of our first responses to reduce costs during significant and uncertain revenue decline. At the same time, housing continues to be a top priority for our community and Council, and this interim role is meant to bridge both current resources with high priority needs. Similar to you, I remain deeply committed to our climate action goals and am confident that the City’s efforts will continue as strong as ever during this time (as they have over the past 20+ years!). In our June newsletter, we will share with you who the Interim Climate Program Manager will be during my interim appointment. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

With that, happy reading, and thanks as always, for what you are doing for our community in these times.

-Lindsay

Our Climate Future: New Video

The Our Climate Future process has postponed workshops during COVID-19 but is still hard at work! We would like to share the finalized themes from this past fall's engagement process focused on "Understanding Community Priorities" as it relates to Our Climate Future.

  • Check out this video that tells the story of Fort Collins Community Priorities for Our Climate Future
  • Want a quick read about the priorities? Click here to check out an infographic sharing the Our Climate Future themes
  • Learn more about the trends and forces of Our Climate Future through the Existing Conditions Document
Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas with us!
Learn More about Our Climate Future

Call for Applications: Equity Diversity Inclusion Fellowship
The Climate Action Program is excited to announce that we are looking for an Equity Diversity Inclusion Fellow to join our team this summer! The primary goal of the fellowship, funded by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), is to support the application of a racial equity lens to the Our Climate Future planning process and the associated outcomes. Fellows will receive a valuable learning experience while helping our local government to advance its sustainability and inclusion goals.
Learn More and Apply

Results from Shift's Earth Day Challenge

This Earth Day, the Fort Collins community stepped up to the Shift Earth Day Challenge. Altogether, 564 households signed up and completed actions that collectively reduced an estimated 447 metric tons of CO2e--the equivalent to taking 87 cars off the road for a year!

Earth Day Challenge Winners:

  • Top Individual - BarnaBlue Household!
    • Top Team - FCMoD - Losin' Crew!
      • Top Community Group - Net Impact + GSSE!
        • Grand Prize Drawing Winner - KBurgess! (pictured with the prize, a Recycled Cycles E-Bike)

          Congrats and thank you to all of our participants. Stay tuned for more Shift actions!

           

          Learn More about Shifting your Actions

          Resources for Businesses and Community Members
          While our community continues to be affected by the social and economic impacts of COVID-19, here are some resources to help businesses and community members withstand these difficult times and begin to plan for recovery. 
          • NoCo Recovers: A one-stop shop for businesses and individuals seeking help with COVID-related information.
          • Larimer County Small Business Loan Fund: A new $5 million Larimer County Small Business Recovery Loan Fund
          • For Fort Collins Website: Whether you’re a business leader or champion for our community, consider this your hub for all things #ForFoco. Here you’ll find information and resources for rallying together to support the businesses and organizations impacted by physical distancing.
          Explore Resources

          May the Fork Be With You

          Protect the Poudre, you must; the fork you must use! 

          Join the community effort to protect our waterways from plastic pollution by using the fork - your reusable fork that is! And don’t forget about your reusable spoons, knives and straws, too.

          When ordering takeout or delivery, let restaurants and delivery services know you don’t need plastic utensils. If you want to channel the fork further, head to ourcity.fcgov.com/plastics to provide your input on how Fort Collins can reduce plastics pollution.

           

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          CAP Community Advisory Committee Member Spotlight: Bruno Sobral

          Bruno Sobral and his family came to Fort Collins in 2015 to create the One Health Institute at CSU. He is now a professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology at CSU, a core faculty member of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, and a professor of Biostatistics and Informatics at the Colorado School of Public Health. He is motivated by cultivating health in our communities and co-creating frameworks with residents to achieve results. He is currently focused on environmental justice, language justice, and knowledge justice as ways in which to make health equity central to cultivating community health. Bruno joined the CAP Community Advisory Committee in early 2018 and looks forward to continuing to learn and contribute to a healthier Fort Collins.

          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 
          lex@fcgov.com 
          970.224.6143 

          Carolyn Conant 
          Climate Program Assistant 
          cconant@fcgov.com 
          970.416.2473

          Sustainability Services
          222 Laporte
          Fort Collins, CO 80521