Our Climate Future

Do you want to co-create equitable solutions to achieve the community's energy, zero waste, and climate goals? If so, you've come to the right place!

Much like the City Plan update, this process is updating three planning efforts together:

We very much look forward to your feedback - learn more below about how you can engage with this work!


Do you want to co-create equitable solutions to achieve the community's energy, zero waste, and climate goals? If so, you've come to the right place!

Much like the City Plan update, this process is updating three planning efforts together:

We very much look forward to your feedback - learn more below about how you can engage with this work!


  • Want to have your thoughts heard? You're in the right place!

    This questionnaire is meant to provide community members an opportunity to answer the same questions being asked in our Community Conversations, Pop-up Events, and in events created by Community Partners and Plan Ambassadors.
    If you are unable to attend these events, this form is a way that you can still participate and express your thoughts, questions, and concerns.

    Want to have your thoughts heard? You're in the right place!

    This questionnaire is meant to provide community members an opportunity to answer the same questions being asked in our Community Conversations, Pop-up Events, and in events created by Community Partners and Plan Ambassadors.
    If you are unable to attend these events, this form is a way that you can still participate and express your thoughts, questions, and concerns.

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    Thank you for your interest in joining the CAP Community Advisory Committee! Please fill out this brief application to tell us more about yourself, who you would like to engage, and what kinds of conversations you’d like to have about Our Climate Future. Alternate responses to this call for applications, such as telephone conversations, will be accepted as needed. 

    Completed responses must be received by: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019.

    Background: The Climate Action Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a

    - Note, this application has now closed and members have been selected - thank you for your interest - 

    Thank you for your interest in joining the CAP Community Advisory Committee! Please fill out this brief application to tell us more about yourself, who you would like to engage, and what kinds of conversations you’d like to have about Our Climate Future. Alternate responses to this call for applications, such as telephone conversations, will be accepted as needed. 

    Completed responses must be received by: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019.

    Background: The Climate Action Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a group of community members that advise city staff on how to plan and implement the various initiatives needed to achieve the community's climate action goals. The CAC meets on a quarterly basis and includes a mix of  stakeholders that represent the triple bottom line (environmental, economic, and social sustainability perspectives) to ensure multiple voices and perspectives are included in these conversations.

    2019 Recruitment: As the City updates its Climate Action Plan, Energy Policy, and Road to Zero Waste Plans, one of the key guiding themes for this work is equity and inclusion. Existing CAC members have identified the need for this group to become more representative of Fort Collins’ demographics as we apply equity and inclusion to these planning processes.

    Accordingly, staff is recruiting an additional 3-4 members that can serve on the CAC (see criteria below) and offer the following perspectives: persons of color; individuals 29 and younger; individuals living in a household whose income is under $69,102 a year; indigenous community members; and those who have not yet obtained a bachelor’s degree.

    What does serving on the CAC entail?

    • A one-year commitment (2 years preferred) to serve on the committee is desired, and
    • Attend at least three of the four 2019-2020 meetings. Meetings are held from 12-2:30 pm in a location in downtown Fort Collins and lunch is provided; in 2019, the last meeting will be held on October 24 and 2020 meeting dates will be selected by the CAP CAC in November/December.
    • Approximately 2 hours of preparation before meetings, attendance at the meetings, and additional follow up as needed. Staff also sends a monthly email newsletter to CAC members.
    • Note, participating in the CAC does not require knowledge of the City’s climate action goals or a background in this space. Instead, we are hoping for community members who are passionate about collaborative decision making and how diverse stakeholder groups can come together and influence a triple bottom line approach to achieving these goals.

    If you are interested in serving on this committee, please complete and submit this survey no later than October 2. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Lindsay Ex at 970.224.6143 or lex@fcgov.com. 

    Apply here!
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    Thank you for your interest in becoming a Community Partner! Please fill out this form to tell us more about your organization, the population(s) your organization is connected to, and why your organization is uniquely qualified to engage historically underrepresented groups in the Our Climate Future process. 

    Alternate responses to this call for community partners, such as oral presentations, will be accepted as needed. Please note: The City may follow up after your completed application is received to request additional details.

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    Thank you for your interest in becoming a Community Partner! Please fill out this form to tell us more about your organization, the population(s) your organization is connected to, and why your organization is uniquely qualified to engage historically underrepresented groups in the Our Climate Future process. 

    Alternate responses to this call for community partners, such as oral presentations, will be accepted as needed. Please note: The City may follow up after your completed application is received to request additional details.

    Completed responses must be received by: Wednesday, October 2nd

    Have you ever wanted to bring people together to talk about the opportunities and challenges facing Fort Collins relating to energy consumption, waste reduction and climate change? Now is your chance! We hope you will consider applying to be a Community Partner to ensure the Our Climate Future process reaches further and deeper into our community than ever before!

    We recognize that City staff are not always the most appropriate people to create spaces for genuine, authentic conversations about the future of Fort Collins. We also know that public meetings, committees, and evening events are not the best way to reach everyone. That’s where community partners come in.

    What is a Community Partner?

    A Community Partner is a representative of an organization that is directly connected to and/or providing services to historically underrepresented groups in Fort Collins. Community Partners have a passion for ensuring that all voices are heard in City processes, and want to dedicate some of their time, creativity, and enthusiasm to designing and conducting engagement activities as part of Our Climate Future.

    Organizations that receive funding will contract with the Our Climate Future team to design, implement, and evaluate engagement activities with historically underrepresented groups. Community Partners will be trained, supported and empowered to lead conversations with the populations they serve about energy consumption, our road to zero waste and climate change. The City will also work with your organization to provide materials for your gatherings and additional resources if you need them. Facilitation assistance, City attendance at your gatherings, or help finding meeting space are a few examples of additional resources that are available to Community Partners.

    Examples of underrepresented community and business groups include, but are not limited to:

    • Communities of Color
    • Community members under 29
    • DACA Students
    • Individuals within Cultural Centers
    • LGBTQIA+ Communities
    • Local Indigenous Communities
    • Migrant Communities
    • People Experiencing Disabilities
    • Veterans

    Funding Opportunities:

    Individual organizations may request up to $5,000 in funding to support their involvement in the Community Partner program. Coalitions of two or more organizations may request up to $7,000. We recognize that Community Partners know their communities best, so funds can be used flexibly to support the types of events and gatherings that will best engage underrepresented groups in the Our Climate Future engagement process.

    Funding can be used for both direct costs and staff time required to attend trainings, plan, and attend gatherings. Examples of possible funding uses include planning, space rental, food, childcare, translation, coordination, participation incentives, materials, and more.

    We have allocated $30,000 - $35,000 from the overall Our Climate Future outreach budget to support the Community Partner Grant program and anticipate providing funding to 6-8 different community organizations/nonprofit partners. This funding was specifically identified in the Our Climate Future outreach budget to support equity and inclusion. The final number and amount of grants will depend on the applications received.

    How to apply!

    Community Partner organizations will participate in the Our Climate Future outreach process over the next year. The exact amount of preparation time required will depend on the types of gatherings you plan, but we estimate that attending trainings, completing required documentation and hosting gatherings will require approximately 40 hours in additional preparation time.

    Let’s get started!

    1. First you can apply by clicking on the survey button below! Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, October 2nd. City staff will contact selected Community Partners no later than Friday, October 11th.
    2. Attend one (1) community listening session as an opportunity to learn more about the issues and contribute your thoughts as an individual. At these larger public forum’s attendees will share their priorities and feedback on the proposed 2020 community engagement process.
    3. Attend two (2) training sessions and provide a W-9 to the City. Each training will take about 2.5 hours for a total of 5 hours of training. The trainings will take place on Thursday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 23rd. You will have the option of attending our day session (3-5 pm) or our evening session (6-8 pm) on both days.
    4. Host six (6) Our Climate Future gatherings (1-2 hours each) over the course of the next year, with your first two (2) meetings having convened by December 6th to discuss priorities in your community for the future of Fort Collins. The subsequent four (4) gatherings will take place in 2020. We encourage creative events and discussions that will best engage your audience. These gatherings do not have to follow a traditional meeting format.
    Questions? Need more information? Email us at ourclimatefuture@fcgov.com

    Apply here!
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    Thank you for your interest in becoming a Plan Ambassador! Please fill out this form to tell us more about you, the population(s) you are interested in connecting to, and if you are able to engage historically underrepresented groups in the Our Climate Future process.

    Alternate responses to this call for plan ambassadors, such as oral presentations, will be accepted as needed. Please note: The City may follow up after your completed application is received to request additional details.

    Completed responses

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    Thank you for your interest in becoming a Plan Ambassador! Please fill out this form to tell us more about you, the population(s) you are interested in connecting to, and if you are able to engage historically underrepresented groups in the Our Climate Future process.

    Alternate responses to this call for plan ambassadors, such as oral presentations, will be accepted as needed. Please note: The City may follow up after your completed application is received to request additional details.

    Completed responses must be received by: Wednesday, October 2. 

    What would YOU like the Fort Collins to be like in the year 2030?

    If you have ever wanted to bring people together to talk about the opportunities and challenges facing Fort Collins - now is your chance. We hope you will consider becoming a Plan Ambassador to help shape Our Climate Future!

    What is a Plan Ambassador?

    Our Climate Future Plan Ambassadors are individuals who will play a critical role in shaping the future for our community. In this role you will be trained and empowered to lead conversations within your own social circles about sustainability; primarily energy, waste reduction, climate change and other related topics.

    You will receive facilitation training and discussion materials to go into your neighborhood, workplace, or social space to talk to your friends and neighbors. We’ll also provide help with facilitation support and other resources (childcare, translation, help finding a meeting space) if you need them.

    All over Fort Collins, people will be gathering to talk with each other, share ideas, and guide the development of the update to Our Climate Future. Anyone can help lead these conversations – all you need is a bit of free time and an interest in hosting great conversations.

    Do you have diverse and culturally relevant experiences you can bring to this process? 

    The City recognizes community members and businesses bring diverse and culturally relevant experiences to these conversations. Anyone can be a Plan Ambassador, and funding is available to pay those who can assist in bringing the voices of historically underrepresented communities to this process, including but not limited to the following groups: 
    • Communities of Color
    • Community members under 29
    • DACA Students
    • Individuals within Cultural Centers
    • LGBTQIA+ Communities
    • Local Indigenous Communities
    • Migrant Communities
    • People Experiencing Disabilities
    • Veterans

    Ok, I’m in. What do I have to do?

    We estimate that the total time commitment for a Plan Ambassador will be approximately 30 hours over the course of the next year. And it’s easy to get started:

    1. First of all, click on the link below to apply! Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, October 2nd. City staff will contact selected Plan Ambassadors no later than Friday, October 11th.
    2. Attend one (1) community listening session as an opportunity to learn more about the issues and contribute your thoughts as an individual. At these larger public forum’s attendees will share their priorities and feedback on the proposed 2020 community engagement process.
    3. Attend two (2) training sessions and become an official City volunteer or provide a W-9 to the City (depending on role). Each training will take about 2.5 hours for a total of 5 hours of training. The trainings will take place on Thursday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 23rd. You will have the option of attending our day session (3-5 pm) or our evening session (6-8 pm) on both days.
    4. Host four (4) Our Climate Future gatherings (1-2 hours each) over the course of the next year, with your first meeting convened by December 6th to discuss priorities in your community for the future of Fort Collins. The subsequent three gatherings (in 2020) will focus on scenarios and strategies to achieve the community vision.
    5. Provide City staff with the notes and information resulting from your community conversations to inform the strategic action plan called Our Climate Future. The ideas you gather will help staff understand the issues our community is facing, our shared goals, and what approaches we should take to achieve a sustainable future.

    If you are interested, you can also join City staff to help guide the development of the materials sent out to other Plan Ambassadors. More details on this during the application process.

    Thank you for your interest. We can't wait to start planning Our Climate Future together!

    Questions? Need more information? Email us at ourclimatefuture@fcgov.com


    Apply here!