Climate Action Plan Newsletter
Black Lives Matter. Say Their Names.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery were murdered, representing only the most recent on a long list of African-Americans that have fallen victim to a system that perpetuates violence toward black communities. We know it is not just hate and prejudice to blame; the causes are much deeper. The City of Fort Collins and Fort Collins Police Services stand with those demonstrating against racism, recognizing that our organization is not immune to the legacies of institutional and structural racism in our nation; action must follow words of solidarity and support. We are committed to dismantling this legacy, and institutionalizing anti-racism throughout all facets of our work. Our climate efforts can lead the way. 

“When addressing systems change within sustainability, we must first understand the three pillars. The environment, the economy, and equity must all be considered in policy, planning, and implementation in order to be successful, especially for climate action. We cannot begin to address a sustainable future without first addressing racist and inequitable systems that disproportionately affect our black communities and communities of color. Advocating for a cleaner planet also means advocating for racial justice.” 

- DeAngelo Bowden, Environmental Sustainability Specialist, City of Fort Collins 

Our Climate Future's Commitment to Centering Equity, Leading with Race

Our Climate Future (OCF) is the first City of Fort Collins planning process centered in equity for all, leading with race, from both process and outcome perspectives. We commit to: 

  • Equity in process: Ensuring everyone has meaningful opportunities to engage and provide input into the OCF planning process. 
  • Equity in outcomes: OCF recognizes that everyone needs to benefit from a carbon neutral Fort Collins. 

OCF acknowledges climate change is not simply a technical problem to solve, but an issue deeply rooted in human systems which have historically produced significant disparities for people of color, with race being the most pervasive inequity in our country. For communities of color, low-income households, and other historically underrepresented groups, these inequities are already being exacerbated by climate change. Fort Collins has the opportunity to prioritize actions that simultaneously address equity, reduce emissions, and enhance community resilience - leading to better outcomes for all.  

We also know that many other groups are marginalized, including based on gender, sexual orientation, ability, and age, to name a few. An equity framework that leads with race and is clear about the differences between individual, institutional, and structural racism, as well as the history and current reality of inequities, will lead to inclusion and better outcomes for all marginalized groups. 

Learn More about OCF Centering Equity and Leading with Race

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

Michelle Finchum
Interim Climate Program Manager 
mfinchum@fcgov.com 

Carolyn Conant 
Climate Program Assistant 
cconant@fcgov.com 
970.416.2473

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Fort Collins, CO 80521