By: Daniel Kreeger
In February 2018, the Compact and State of Colorado co-hosted a Symposium built upon a series of facilitated town hall discussions. Those discussions resulted in a series of action items proposed by participants – the question now being what do we do to address those needs and opportunities?
Over the last several months, I worked with Governor Hickenlooper's Senior Climate Change Advisor, Taryn Finnessey, to evaluate potential approaches to meet our collective needs. We finally settled on the notion of forming a cooperative that would create a structure enabling state agencies, Compact members and other non-governmental organizations to come together through working groups and task forces to collaborate these action items.
This past Tuesday, the Colorado Communities Cooperative was kicked off at a meeting in Westminster. A room of 75 people representing 8 state agencies, 15 Compact member communities and several dozen other organizations helped us shape the vision for the Cooperative and weighing in on proposed guidelines for participation.
Here are some of the basic takeaways:
What is the Cooperative?
The Cooperative is a framework between Colorado state agencies and the Compact of Colorado Communities that enables State agency personnel, Compact members and third-party organizations to streamline efforts and work collaboratively on cross-cutting solutions and challenges with tangible outcomes.
What is the Vision for the Cooperative?
A collaborative structure enabling a safe, neutral environment to develop and implement practical, innovative and streamlined climate change and clean energy solutions.
How is it Administered?
The Compact through ACCO is providing staff support that will provide facilitating support for working groups and manage public-facing resources generated through these initiatives.
Who can Participate?
Any organization in Colorado may participate in a working group that is established under the Cooperative. However, we will require all groups either be focused on a community need or involve a local government.
Why Should Compact Members be Involved?
The Cooperative is an important opportunity to bring organizations together to help you solve challenges that will be difficult (if not impossible) for an individual member to resolve.
Over the next month or two, we’ll publish a set of materials on the Cooperative as a whole, as well as specific working groups that will work toward developing and achieving important solutions. We’ll establish a web site that publishes key information on each working group, including overall objectives, participants and upcoming actions so that interested individuals can get involved.