Climate Action Plan Newsletter

Hi everyone,

I’ve been thinking a lot about resilience lately.  It seems like this word shows up everywhere.  Resilience, to me, is how you bounce after a big change - and we certainly have had our share of change. I have equated resilience with a sense of slowness as I find myself being more deliberate and reflective. My family has been spending more time together.  My kids are mowing neighbors’ grass with our new electric lawnmower.  We are taking more bike rides and walks together.  We are making more homemade meals  - and just recently have been able to incorporate a cucumber or two from our tiny garden.  All these activities create time for conversations which in turn make us more connected, stronger, and resilient. 

Our community resilience is evident too in the many ways that we are working together. We have a lot to share in this climate action newsletter that showcases our community resilience: resources for energy bills, national recognition of our fleet, results of funds well spent on climate action, improved EV charging stations, and new protected bike lanes.

Enjoy this newsletter!

Michelle

LEAP Into Utilities Savings Now
IQAP (Income-Qualified Assistance Program) is a reduced electric, water, and/or wastewater rate that provides 23% off certain components of these services. To be eligible for IQAP, you must be enrolled in Colorado LEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program). Fort Collins Utilities partners with LEAP to lower utilities bills for qualifying residents. The 2020 deadline to apply for LEAP has been extended until August 31.
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City Fleet Named No. 1 Leading Fleet

The City of Fort Collins was named the No. 1 fleet among the Leading Fleets at the Government Fleet Virtual Honors Celebration on June 16! Our organization was chosen for its commitment to training and environmental initiatives.

Tracy Ochsner, Assistant Operation Services Director, credits the success to City leadership: "It's not always easy introducing electric cars, propane, and CNG [compressed natural gas]....[The City Manager's and City Council's] vision and leadership have given us the opportunity to try new things, which has helped us become a leader in many fleet-related initiatives." 

Congratulations!

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Innovate Fort Collins Challenge 2019 Results
The Innovate Fort Collins Challenge was a City-funded grant program in 2018/2019 that hosted three competitive rounds administering $436,000 to 17 pilot projects that advanced Climate Action Plan goals, community engagement and partnerships, City services and operations, and sustainability. 

Highlights:
  • Combined, the projects reduced an estimated 5,700 Metric Tons Carbon Dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e), equivalent to approximately 650 homes’ energy use in one year!
  • There is potential for an additional 16,000 MTCO2­e reduced over time if all the projects scale up as planned.
  • Project participants and partners leveraged 12:1 in private investment ($1.3M).
Congratulations to all of the grant winners, and great work!!
Read About the Projects

Upgraded EV Charging Stations Installed

Thanks to a grant from Charge Ahead Colorado, the City replaced all Level 2 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with upgraded units as part of the Electric Vehicle Readiness Roadmap plan. The charging stations will still cost EV drivers a flat rate of $1/hr.

EV charging stations are available at the following locations:

  • Civic Center Parking Structure – 144 N Mason St.
  • Mulberry Pool – 424 W Mulberry St.
  • Edora Pool Ice Center (EPIC) – 1801 Riverside Dr.
  • Fort Collins Senior Center – 1200 Raintree Dr.
  • South Transit Center – 4915 Fossil Blvd.
  • Platte River Power Authority – 2000 E Horsetooth
  • Firehouse Alley Parking Structure – 160 Chestnut St.
Learn More about EVs in Fort Collins

Stewarding Our Public Lands
Our parks and trails help define the Fort Collins lifestyle. The City maintains more than 925 acres of parks, 36,000 acres of natural areas, 25 miles of off-street hike/ bike trails, three golf courses, a racquet center, three swimming pools, an ice rink and a community center.

During Stay-At-Home and Safer-At-Home, Fort Collins residents have been taking advantage of all the parks and trails that our community has to offer in greater numbers than ever before. In order to protect these wonderful community assets, please adhere to the following best practices while enjoying our public lands:
  • When bicycling, be mindful of pedestrians and share the trail
  • Stay on designated trails to prevent erosion and negative impacts to plant life
  • Keep dogs on leashes to protect wildlife like rabbits, prairie dogs, turtles, birds, and fawns
  • Pack out all trash
Learn About More Stewardship Options

Fort Collins Expands Walking and Biking Infrastructure
Around the world and in Fort Collins, more people are choosing to use alternative modes of transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City has launched new initiatives and modified existing programs to support this increased demand for safe bicycling and walking routes:
  • Arterial crossing improvements are planned for construction this fall
  • Bikeway striping enhancements on critical corridors like W. Elizabeth Street are underway
  • Be on the lookout for new bicycle wayfinding signage to guide you to parks, schools, and essential services
  • Stay tuned for a variety of activities planned for September to help you Shift Your Ride to bicycling, walking, transit, scooting or even teleworking! 
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CAP Community Advisory Committee Member Spotlight: Trudy Trimbath

Trudy Trimbath has been part of the Fort Collins community since 1990.  Originally from a farming community in Iowa, she has lived in Colorado since 1980. Trudy has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management from Denver University.  She has one son and is now a proud grandma to an infant grandson.  She enjoys being outside, hiking, kayaking, spending time with friends and family, and watching baseball. 

Thank you for your contributions to climate action, Trudy!

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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