Dr Rosemarie Russo Fort Collins November 16, 2009

Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado. I am trying to determine how we compare to other cities around the country. Fort Collins has the following top ten goals and has achieved a .72% in terms of overall GHG compared to our 2005 baseline:

Goal #1: (GGH Totals): Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (carbon dioxide and methane) from municipal operations at least 2 percent per year starting in 2009, in order to achieve a reduction of 20% below 2005 levels by December 31, 2020; and ultimately to achieve carbon neutrality for the municipal organization. This represents a total reduction of 11,734 tons (based on baseline emissions of 59,000 tons in 2005); yearly reductions will equate to 1,066 tons per year of GHG emissions without any projected growth factored in.

Goal #2: (Electricity and Natural Gas): Reduce city energy consumption by 20% of the 2005 baseline by 2020, and reduce demand peak use by 15% by 2020.

Goal #3: (Fuel): Reduce traditional fuel use by the City's vehicle fleet by 20% by 2020 and reach a 1.5 average vehicle ridership (AVR) by 2020 for city employees.

Goal # 4: (Solid Waste Reduction): Reduce solid waste generated by 50% of overall waste stream by 2012 and 80% by 2020. Interim goals will be set to reduce overall waste volume.

Goal # 5: (Education and Outreach): Information about the municipal sustainability program will be available to all levels of the community, students in grades K-20 and university, the general public - as well as internal customers.

Goal #6: (Funding): In addition to reporting on annual GHG inventory, cost savings that directly result from energy and waste conservation will be tracked, and possibly deposited into a Sustainability account to invest in appropriate projects.

Goal # 7: (Parks/Natural Areas): Achieve a 30% forest canopy density in suitable areas of City Parks by 2020, and maintain a set percentage of native vegetative cover goal in Natural Areas.

Goal # 8: (Water): Reduce municipal operations water irrigation use and increase efficiency per acre. Reduce building water use (normalized to account for weather conditions), by 20% by 2020.

Goal # 9: (General Purchasing) Implement environmentally preferable purchasing practices throughout the City organization and establish means to verify departments' compliance with purchasing policy

Goal # 10: Employee Safety and Health: Incorporate a City Wise program fostering a culture of health and safety. Increase the number of employees that participate in the Wellness Program from 45% to 75% by 2020 and increase the number of employees that earn their first Well Day from 414 to 500 by 2010.

Currently we have a voluntary wind program, rebate program,sprinkler audit and CFL/LED exchange program. If anyone is interested in comparing information I think it would be helpful. Thanks.


Rosemarie  Russo
Sustainability Coordinator
City of Fort Collins
United States