FCSG Statement on the Importance of Including Broadcom F-gas Emissions in the City’s Single GHG Inventory

Updated on May 22, 2020

The Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) insists that Broadcom’s massive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions be included in the City’s GHG inventory. Those emissions – consisting mainly of fluorinated gases (F-gases) accounted for fully 8% of Fort Collins’ total GHG emissions in 2018. Ignoring those F-gases – or simply mentioning them in a side-bar to the main GHG inventory – is akin to sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that if we don’t count them, those gases won’t really damage the climate.

An Open Letter to City Council re: Broadcom’s “Generous Donation” to Fort Collins

Posted on April 20, 2020

Dear Mayor Troxell and Councilmembers Gutowsky, Pignataro, Summers, Stephens, Cunniff, and Gorgol –

During your meeting on April 21st, you will be considering an ordinance to appropriate an “unanticipated charitable donation to the City from Broadcom Inc. to be used for COVID-19 relief.” The total amount of that donation is $100,000. This amount is described in the ordinance as “generous.”

Protect Air Quality During the Respiratory Pandemic – Take Action!

Posted on April 10, 2020

We are living in the midst of a global pandemic present in our state and our communities. This pandemic, COVID-19, results in respiratory illness, respiratory distress, and even death, at alarmingly high rates. People with reduced lung capacity, those immuno-suppressed and the elderly are at higher risk. For more information and the link to a petition to Governor Jared Polis and others, please continue reading.

Reflections on the Notion of Sustainability

Since its inception in 2005, the Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) has focused on local climate policy. More specifically, we have advocated for City initiatives that would both reduce our community’s greenhouse gas emissions and help our community adapt to climate change. For a detailed history of the work in which we have been engaged, see “The FCSG Story” here: http://fcsg.fccan.org/ObjectivesandGoals.

We subscribe to a notion of sustainability aligned with that set forth in the 1987 Brundtland Report, which states that “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” There are numerous examples of past societies that have functioned on a sustainable basis, including many of those in the Americas prior to European contact. However, we recognize that present generations are currently close to crossing at least eight planetary boundaries in addition to catastrophic climate change that would endanger future generations (1). Those other boundaries are:

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