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Colorado City Seeks Carbon Neutrality

colorado-carbon-neutrality Fort Collins has set an aggressive goal: to become carbon neutral by 2050.  Steps along the way include carbon reductions of 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80 percent below by 2030.  The goal is particularly aggressive since the Colorado city has only reduced emissions about 5 percent since 2005.

In working with the Rocky Mountain Institute, Fort Collins is outlining an implementation plan.  Among the goals are continued reductions in community-generated solid waste, increased building efficiency, more convenient and cleaner mass transit, a shift to renewable energy sources, and reduced peak energy demand through storage and load shifts.

Fort Collins officials believe that the short-term goals will probably cost about $300 million to implement by 2020, but, once the long-term goals are achieved, savings could reach up to $6 billion. Full story.

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