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

Updated on June 15, 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.

Colorado candidate questionnaires on climate and clean energy

Posted on June 14, 2020

The Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate (of which the FCSG is a founding member) asked Colorado General Assembly and Congressional candidates where they stand on issues related to climate protection and clean energy. 61 General Assembly candidates and five Congressional candidates who will be on the primary ballot this June responded to questions asking them to rate the urgency of addressing climate change, state whether they would sign on to the “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge”, and declare their support or opposition to a number of state and national level climate policy initiatives. We’ve attached the results here, and hope they will be helpful as people make up their minds who to support in the primary election to be held on Tuesday, June 30th.

NCP4CE Calls on PRPA to Implement 100% Renewable Energy in the Integrated Resource Plan

Released on June 9, 2020

Today, Northern Colorado Partners for Clean Energy released a white paper (available at https://colivableclimate.org/ncp4ce-white-paper-on-prpa-integrated-resou...) calling on the Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) to Implement 100% renewable energy in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). This document outlines compelling data points and central arguments for strengthening PRPA’s commitment to renewable energy in the IRP.

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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