Fort Collins will be conducting elections for Mayor and three other City Council Members on April 4th via mail-in ballot. The Fort Collins Sustainability Group recently sent out a questionnaire concerning the City’s Climate Action Plan to all candidates. Nine of the ten candidates running have responded to date. To view their responses, click on the attached PDF file below. Ballots will be mailed out by March 20th. Be sure to vote!
Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on March 22, 2017
The Fort Collins Climate Action Plan (CAP) is arguably the most forward-thinking policy ever adopted by our City Council. Its goals — a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared to 2005 levels, an 80 percent reduction by 2030, and carbon neutrality by 2050 — are among the most ambitious in the world. The CAP will save Fort Collins residents billions of dollars by mid-century by dramatically lowering what we spend on fossil fuels, will improve our health by cleaning up our air, and will provide an example to other communities of how to preserve a livable climate for ourselves and future generations.
Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on February 28, 2017
City Council will hold a work session today, during which they will discuss “re-branding” the Fort Collins Climate Action Plan (CAP). Opaque and confusing names like “Road to 2020” and “Fortify Fort Collins” have been proposed. The CAP name is transparent and clear, its substance based on an immense body of well-established science from the leading scientific institutions worldwide. Implementing the CAP will significantly reduce our city’s carbon footprint, be a model for other cities, provide co-benefits to our local economy and public health, and help us adapt to unavoidable climate impacts already happening. Those impacts include more frequent and longer heat waves, increased air pollution and associated health problems, more extreme and costly weather events, floods and wildfires, and increased prevalence of diseases like West Nile.