What If Cities Lead the Way on Climate Change: Fort Collins’ Climate Action Plan
Thursday, October 5, 2017
1:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. MDT
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Climate change is a global challenge, but cities are stepping up to lead the way in reducing emissions at the local level. Staff from the City of Fort Collins will discuss their Colorado Chapter Honor Award winning Climate Action Plan, and how the City is working to make the plan a reality. From goal setting and strategy development to implementation of transportation planning initiatives, learn how Fort Collins is tackling climate change.
- Organizational innovations are necessary to help cities lead on important issues such as climate change. Audience members will leave the presentation with a shared sense of how to introduce an organization-wide innovation to address strategic goals
- The panel will offer insights into the development of the interdepartmental cooperation and public/private partnerships that can help us reach our goals for an efficient future.
- Participants will benefit from the lessons learned and “how to” on long-range planning and implementation to meet the climate goals in their cities, with a specific focus on the transportation sector.
- Introduction of panelists
- Overview of climate change and the role of cities
- Fort Collins’ experience with climate goals and framework planning
- Developing strategies and tactics: engaging the community and making the business case
- How do you measure success?
- Case study: Multimodal Planning and Development
- What’s next for Fort Collins
Many local governments and planning professionals are interested in aligning plan goals and policies with climate action objectives, but this is largely uncharted territory. The City of Fort Collins is one of the local jurisdictions in the forefront of climate action planning, and can be a case study for understanding the processes for building an effective strategy for climate action. This session will outline the role of cities in climate action, describe the planning and initiative development processes used by Fort Collins, and provide a focused review of how this process integrates with and informs transportation planning in the City. The session will also include highlights of how the City has developed an internal infrastructure with horizontal and vertical engagement within the organization. This cross-departmental effort has engaged over 70 city staff members on a regular basis to ensure integration is not only occurring but is successful.
The proposed session will be led by subject matter experts who have been actively involved in the development of the City’s Climate Action Plan, its strategy and policy development, and the ongoing implementation of projects and programs. Speakers will describe their experiences and lessons learned so that planners can apply these techniques to their own work.
As a part of the 2017 APA Colorado conference, this session would fulfill all requirements for CM approval.
Lindsay Ex, AICP
Paul Sizemore, AICP
Shelia Booth, firstname.lastname@example.org