Compact of Colorado Communities
Colorado is two degrees warmer than it was 30 years ago and residents and businesses throughout the state are already beginning to feel the heat: climate impacts like reduced snowpack, earlier snowmelt runoff and more frequent droughts, threaten communities and livelihoods. Across the state, cities and counties are developing innovative ways to address climate change, build community resilience and stimulate local economies.
Founded by Mayor Steve Skadron (City of Aspen), the Compact of Colorado Communities has been established to bring cities and counties together to stand together in taking constructive and practical climate action. The Compact ensures that city and county efforts to address climate change, resilience to extreme events and grow a clean energy economy throughout Colorado are greater than the sum of their individual efforts.
Advance capacity of Colorado cities and counties to develop and implement aggressive climate change initiatives thus ensuring security and economic prosperity.
The Compact ensures that Colorado communities are sustainable, prosperous and responsible through accelerated capacity building, alignment of resources and interests, and public engagement on climate change action.
Compact members will work together to shape and prioritize Compact efforts, such as:
- Aligning climate action with economic development
- Advancing statewide preparedness and resilience
- Scaling up clean energy development and consumption
- Engaging the public to build better understanding and support
- Developing greenhouse gas reduction goals and implementation strategies
- Providing support to member communities in taking action locally
Commitment to Action
City and county leaders will commit to participate in the Compact, working together with the support of third-party organizations to drive meaningful actions.
Climate Communities Summit
Hosted by the City of Aspen
May 18, 2017 (6:00pm – 8:00pm)
May 19, 2017 (8:30am – 2:30pm)
At the event, participants will:
- Learn about the state climate change and energy considerations in Colorado
- Hear from leaders and experts on the Compact, its value and the opportunities for prospective members
- Provide input that will shape the priorities and goals of the Compact
- Engage with peer leaders through networking activities and facilitated discussions
- Participate in a signing ceremony
Joining the Compact
(Cities & Counties Only):
The Compact consists of Colorado cities and counties. City and county leaders may inquire with Ashley Perl about attending the launch event and joining the Compact.
Supporting the Compact
(All Other Organizations):
The Compact is seeking support in the following areas:
- Financial and grant contributions to support administrative staff and related costs
- Pro bono services from providers with expertise in greenhouse gas management, renewable energy, and/or climate adaptation and resilience
- Endorsement from public-sector and not-for-profit organizations
Reference the RFI below or contact Daniel Kreeger for more information about supporting the Compact.