FCSG Statement on 2015 Climate Action Plan Framework

Statement updated on March 4, 2015

On March 3, the Fort Collins City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution adopting aggressive new greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. That resolution also endorses the 2015 Climate Action Plan Framework, which provides a road map for achieving those goals. The Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) has long supported the new goals, and applauds this decision by City Council.

Letter: Urge council to approve Climate Action Plan

Originally appeared in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on March 3, 2015

Fort Collins City Council will be voting today on an update to our current Climate Action Plan. I am a member of the Fort Collins Sustainability Group and represented them on the City's Citizen Advisory Committee, which brought together business and nonprofit representatives to address the challenge of climate change.

Soapbox: Climate Plan Could Make City a Leader

Originally appeared in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on February 27, 2015

Last June, I was asked by my employer (CSU) to serve on a Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) working with city staff to develop a revised Climate Action Plan. Under the old plan, the city targeted emissions reduction of 20 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Last April, Fort Collins Council instructed staff to consider what it would take to reduce emissions 80 percent by 2030. The city then invited 23 representatives, from a range of major stakeholders, to participate in the process of developing a revised plan

Stakeholders included the biggest employers in the city — CSU, Poudre School District, Avago — business leadership — Downtown Business, Healthier Communities and North Fort Collins Business Association —, and the Fort Collins Board of Realtors. Together, we attended nine, 3.5-hour evening meetings since June to participate in the development of a feasibility plan for accelerated emissions reduction.

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