FCSG Statement on Proposed IGA Implementing the Regional Wasteshed Master Plan

Updated on April 16, 2019

On April 16, 2019, the Fort Collins City Council considered Resolution 2019-047 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. 063, 2019) was considered that would institute flow control for construction and demolition (C&D) waste in Fort Collins. The Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) strongly advocated for both of these measures. Council approved each one by votes of 7-0.

Colorado Should Set Bold Climate Change Goals

Published in the Colorado Independent on April 2, 2019

The Colorado General Assembly soon will consider establishing additional climate goals for our state. The bill, HB19-1261, would set goals of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a 90% emissions reduction by 2050, both compared to 2005 levels. The bill also reaffirms the goal set by Gov. John Hickenlooper before he left office: a 26% emissions reduction by 2025.

While the new goals might sound ambitious, the Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate (CCLC) is calling for the 2030 goal to be strengthened – instead of 50% reduction by 2030, the CCLC seeks a 63% reduction by then. This higher benchmark aligns with the best available science and would offer a better-than-even chance of limiting the average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degree Fahrenheit) across the globe, if extended worldwide.

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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