The Fort Collins community submitted 58 applications worth $5.5 million for the City’s first Innovate Fort Collins Challenge, which will fund projects capable of achieving carbon reductions in energy, transportation and waste materials.
April 28 was the deadline for submitting letters of intent for the Challenge, which will provide up to $250,000 to innovative projects that help the community reach its Climate Action goals. Projects could focus on applications of new or existing technologies; behavior change; new business models; or new public-private partnerships.
Based on the overwhelming response, the deadline for those invited to complete final applications has been moved to June 2. The public pitch night has been moved back to August 3. For more information on the Challenge, go to www.fcgov.com/innovate.
“Response from the community has been exciting and encouraging,” said Katy Bigner, Environmental Planner with the Environmental Services department. “We’re excited to see the final proposals.”
The City has set aspirational goals to cut carbon emissions 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020and 80 percent by 2030 with the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.