FCSG Comments on the Fort Collins Draft Energy Policy

Statement posted on June 4, 2015

The Fort Collins Sustainability Group has reviewed the draft Fort Collins Energy Policy (available at http://www.fcgov.com/cityclerk/pdf/draft_fort_collins_energy_policy_V12-...) dated April 9, 2015. We fully endorse the policy’s vision, which is to “To support Fort Collins’ social, environmental and economic health through clean energy systems and efficient end-use consumption, with a long term goal of transitioning to energy systems free of fossil fuels.” We are pleased to see multiple references to the 2015 Climate Action Plan (CAP) in the draft Energy Policy, along with support for the goals in that plan, which are to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Thumbs up for the 2015 Climate Action Plan

Originally appeared in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on March 21, 2015

Thumbs-up to the Climate Citizen Advisory Committee, the Brendle Group, the Rocky Mountain Institute and Fort Collins City staff for developing the 2015 Climate Action Plan (CAP) Framework. Another thumbs up to City Council for unanimously approving the new CAP on March 3rd, which puts us on the path toward reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. That decision helped solidify the city’s position as a leader in the effort to address global climate change. Hopefully, the 2015 CAP will inspire other cities to adopt similarly ambitious climate goals.

Kevin Cross, Fort Collins Sustainability Group Steering Committee

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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