FCSG Statement on Proposed IGA Implementing the Regional Wasteshed Master Plan

Updated on March 10, 2019

On March 5, 2019, the Fort Collins City Council was scheduled to consider Resolution 2019-033 to adopt an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for Solid Waste Programming and Infrastructure Improvements between Fort Collins, Loveland, Estes Park and Larimer County. This IGA describes the responsibilities that the respective Parties must fulfill to enable implementation of the 2018 North Front Range Regional Wasteshed Coalition Solid Waste Infrastructure Master Plan. As part of the same agenda item, a first reading of changes to City building code (Ordinance No. 044, 2019) was to have been considered that will institute flow control for construction and demolition (C&D) waste in Fort Collins. The Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) strongly supports both of these measures. Note: this item was removed from the agenda on March 4, and has yet to be rescheduled for a first reading.

FCCAN Candidate Questionnaire for April Election

Posted on March 19, 2019

On April 2, Fort Collins votes will be electing a new mayor and new councilmembers in Districts 1, 2, 4, and 6. They will also be deciding two ballot issues: renewal of the “Keep Fort Collins Great” sales and use tax, and a “Full Time Council” charter amendment.

The Fort Collins Community Action Network recently asked council candidates 17 questions related to local government. Responses from eight of the 13 candidates are available in this Google document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Sql_qF1mGHH8PmnsO_eb8JyrgCeBS8ekULIR.... For more information about the election, visit this City website: https://www.fcgov.com/elections/election-2019-april-2.

City, State Programs Available to Help Lower Utility Bills

Posted on February 19, 2019

Last October, the City of Fort Collins put a new program in place designed to reduce the utility bills of low-income households. This initiative – the Income Qualified Assistance Program (IQAP) - comes at a particularly good time, given the skyrocketing cost of housing in Northern Colorado and the failure of wages to keep up with that and other costs of living.

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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