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Fort Collins Among 25 Finalists for C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Award

Released on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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The City of Fort Collins has been named one of 25 finalists for the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards 2017 – an international stage - for its Climate Action Plan.

The Fort Collins Climate Action Plan has been judged among the most ambitious and innovative efforts by the world’s great cities to tackle climate change.

Fort Collins has been shortlisted with only one other American city in the Cities4Action or climate action plans category. San Diego is also a finalist in this category.

“We are honored to be named a finalist,” said Mayor Wade Troxell. “Cities can be the best practitioners of ‘leading by example’ and scaling up practical solutions. It makes financial, social and environmental sense for us to increase our energy efficiency, diversify our energy portfolio for resilience, reduce waste, capitalize on valuable discarded resources for a circular economy and expand multi-modal transportation options for our workforce and community.”

“The Fort Collins community can be proud of this achievement,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Jackie Kozak Thiel. “As one of the smallest cities in this year’s finalists, the City is working to demonstrate how the transition to a clean, sustainable and resilient energy future can also maintain reliability and affordability while improving health and safety at any scale.

The fifth-annual C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards will celebrate the best projects across five categories: building energy efficiency & clean energy; sustainable transportation; reducing waste; climate action plans, and adaptation plans & programs.

A total of 25 finalists were selected for the five categories from 174 cities worldwide. Each category of the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards 2017 will have a winner from an American city and a city from the rest of the world. U.S. finalists in other categories include Austin, Chicago, New York City, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and San Francisco.

The winners of the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards will be announced in Chicago at the North American Climate Summit in December.