Fort Collins, CSU hosting event to celebrate 20 years of climate action



Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell testifies at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives select committee on the climate crisis. Jacy Marmaduke, The Coloradoan

­­­­­­­­­­Fort Collins is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the city’s climate action efforts with a free event at the Lincoln Center.

The family-friendly open house, set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, will include live music, refreshments and door prizes. The city of Fort Collins is partnering with Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability to host the event.

The open house will include a panel discussion with speakers ranging in age from 6 to 60. Community groups will set up activity stations and interactive tables to teach attendees about their mission and how residents can help improve the environment.

City leaders will share with attendees early results of Fort Collins’ Our Climate Future plan, which includes the city’s climate action plan, energy policy and road to zero waste plan.

Fort Collins is working toward a goal to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions by 20% of 2005 levels by the end of 2020, which city officials say the community will likely exceed. The next targets are an 80% reduction by 2030 and 100% reduction by 2050. The city adopted its first goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 1999, resolving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% of predicted 2010 levels by 2010. City leaders have strengthened the emissions reduction goals over the years, urged on by the Fort Collins Sustainability Group and other community groups.

Fort Collins is also working toward a goal of zero waste and 100% renewable electricity by 2030. 

The climate event will take place in the Lincoln Center’s Canyon West room. RSVP at

Jacy Marmaduke covers government accountability for the Coloradoan. Follow her on Twitter @jacymarmaduke. 


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