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Sustainable Neighborhoods Program
What is the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program?
This new program in Fort Collins:
- Empowers residents to make their communities more vibrant and livable
- Requires a one-year commitment from neighbors
- Provides ongoing support and City resources
Sustainable Neighborhoods identifies five target areas: Air, Water, Land, Energy, and People. Participating communities use these goal areas and assistance from City staff to organize workshops, projects, and events that enhance their neighborhoods and reduce residents’ ecological footprint.
Neighborhoods earn program credits for their efforts:
60 credits qualifies the community as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood”
100 credits qualifies the community as an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood”
What types of projects could my neighborhood complete?
The Sustainable Neighborhoods Network is focused on projects and programs that have the potential for long-term impact and/or the potential to motivate other neighborhoods to become participants in the program. Neighborhoods will use the program’s five target areas to inspire project ideas. For ideas to help you brainstorm the types of activities your neighborhood can do, visit the Sustainable Neighborhoods Network page.
We're interested -- How can we participate?
Application will be available in January 2020. Keep checking here for updates.
Because 2020 is year two of this pilot program, the City will be looking at capacity and how to fill the gaps from year one. The City plans to target recruitment in year two.
How will applications be evaluated?
The City will use the following criteria to score applications and select 2-4 neighborhoods for year 2020 of the program:
- Clear interest in community sustainability through environmental, social, or economic considerations.
- Sufficient interest and commitment from residents within the community
a) Need to have more than one neighbor willing to lead projects
b) This will be gauged via application and at the neighborhood meeting
- Neighborhood demographics and location
- Advancing equity
- Level of current neighborhood activity*
- Support and approval from an existing/relevant neighborhood organizations
* It is ok if your neighborhood is not already highly engaged with the City or otherwise.
If your application is approved, the City will contact you in early March. Prior to beginning work on credit-eligible projects and initiatives, your neighborhood will host a kickoff party with City support. Neighborhood leaders will be selected by your community to spearhead projects and will be trained on how to use your neighborhood's Sustainable Neighborhood website.