Compact's Steering Committee Approves 1st Component of Compact Member 2018 Training Requirements

The Compact's Steering Committee has agreed upon the first component of 2018 training requirements under the Compact member guidelines.

Download the May 16 memo issued to Compact members on training requirements for staff with significant decision-making responsibilities.  A subsequent memo on training requirements for elected officials and city/county managers will be issued next month.

RFP Announced in Response to Proposed Action Items from the Colorado Communities Symposium

On January 31 through February 2, 2018, more than 60 elected officials and city managers from across the state of Colorado joined Governor Hickenlooper, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, 6 cabinet members, senior staff from 10 state agencies and more than 350 other individuals from across the public and private sectors for the Colorado Communities Symposium.

The Symposium Recap Report was published in February 2018 to provide a summary of key themes and action items, as well as a set of next steps for interested parties.

About the Call for Proposals

A call for proposals is announced inviting community leaders, non-profit organizations, higher education institutions and other third-parties to help administer and/or participate in a number of the proposed action items.  To respond to this RFP, please take the following steps:

  1. Review the Symposium Recap Report and Request for Proposals

  2. Identify up to 5 action items that you or your organization are interested in supporting (be sure to capture the corresponding category and item number)

  3. Submit a response by March 16, 2018 providing information on you and/or your organization, related experience, existing initiatives and desired level of participation

The Compact will announce a virtual town hall meeting that will take place later this month to detail subsequent steps, administrative process and action items.

Recap Report Published from the Colorado Communities Symposium

On January 31 through February 2, 2018, more than 60 elected officials and city managers from across the state of Colorado joined Governor Hickenlooper, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, 6 cabinet members, senior staff from 10 state agencies and more than 350 other individuals from across the public and private sectors for the Colorado Communities Symposium.  This report summarizes key themes and action items, as well as provides a set of next steps for interested parties.

Next Steps

  • Over the next few weeks, state agency leaders and Compact members will convene to determine which action items detailed in this report will be prioritized and how they will be administered
  • A call for proposals inviting other community leaders, non-profit organizations, higher education institutions and other third-parties to help administer and/or participate in a number of the proposed action items will be issued shortly

Key Themes

  • Sustaining meaningful statewide and regional collaboration to include key non-governmental stakeholders
  • Developing better data and decision-support tools that will enable sound local, regional and statewide action
  • Needing solutions aimed at helping marginalized communities in both rural and urban parts of the state
  • Establishing staffing and non-personnel resources that can be shared and leveraged by local government leaders
  • Building public awareness and understanding of the implications of climate change and clean energy upon public health, economic vitality and security
  • Effectively engaging communities of all demographics and ideologies

Overarching Action Items

  1. Establishing a program that facilitates rotation, detailing, lending and training of staff amongst local, regional and state agencies
  2. Developing recommendations for strategic economic development solutions that specifically help marginalized and underserved communities with issues such as poverty, broadband and public health and have the co-benefit of enhancing resilience or reducing energy/emissions
  3. Working with regionally focused organizations such as Progressive 15, Club 20 and Action 22 to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues and forge important new collaborations between state and local government leaders
  4. Helping communities aggregate their interests in procurement and/or financing of initiatives
  5. Offering toolkits with case studies, impacts, costs, economic data and sample policies
  6. Supporting entrepreneurship programs and centers
  7. Forming and supporting innovative funding options leveraging public and private sector sources to help communities implement solutions
  8. Building a template for economic risk modeling and scenario planning
  9. Standardizing a communication framework with resources that can be used to engage the general public
  10. Establishing a resource with job creation data (including regional downscales) related to clean transportation, energy efficiency, clean energy and water management initiatives.
  11. Standardizing economic impacts data with regional and sectoral downscales accounting for recent extreme events, climate change impacts already felt and climate change impacts under a 2 degrees scenario (consistent with the Paris agreement)

Eight community initiatives recognized for clean energy leadership

DENVER — Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 — The State of Colorado and Compact of Colorado Communities are proud to recognize eight leading community initiatives across the state of Colorado for their leadership in clean energy. The awards were presented last night as part of the three-day Colorado Communities Symposium.

“Across Colorado, local governments are playing a critical role in reducing emissions to address climate change,” Governor John Hickenlooper. “These local programs are laying the groundwork for Colorado’s place as a climate and clean energy leader.”

The awards program recognizes innovative programs and initiatives in the public and private sectors that demonstrate a bold vision for a clean, resilient and prosperous Colorado. Awards given reflected one or more of the following actions:

  • Climate preparedness and resilience planning
  • Clean energy deployment
  • Energy and water efficiency initiatives
  • Greenhouse gas reduction
  • Economic development initiatives aligned with any of the above

The award winners are:

  • Jefferson County for their Performance Contracting Efforts
  • Denver’s 80x50 Climate Goal Stakeholder and Community Input Initiative
  • Durango’s Way to Go! Club and Way to Go! Together Program
  • The Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fleet administered by Gunnison County & Gunnison Valley Regional Transportation Authority
  • The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Toolkit produced by the City of Aspen and Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE)
  • Fort Collins Utilities’ Driving Fort Collins Clean Energy Economy
  • Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative
  • Clean Energy Credit Union

“The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), on behalf of the Compact of Colorado Communities, is pleased to recognize an important class of bold programs enabling Colorado communities to achieve important clean energy and climate preparedness goals,” said Daniel Kreeger, ACCO’s co-founder and executive director. “These programs are role models for other Colorado communities.”

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Governor Hickenlooper and the Compact of Colorado Communities Announce the Colorado Communities Symposium

Colorado State Agencies to Join Forces with Local Government Leaders to Advance Clean Energy and Climate Preparedness Efforts

For more information, please contact:

Daniel Kreeger
Association of Climate Change Officers
dkreeger@ClimateOfficers.org
202.997.8673

Taryn Finnessey
Colorado Department of Natural Resources
taryn.finnessey@state.co.us
303.868.5302

October 11, 2017 – Denver, CO – Earlier today, Governor John Hickenlooper and the Compact of Colorado Communities announced that they will jointly co-present the Colorado Communities Symposium on January 31-February 2, 2018 in Aurora.  The Symposium will serve as a forum for state agency and local government leaders to convene their peers from higher education institutions, non-profit organizations and the private sector for a series of discussions and events related to Governor Hickenlooper’s July 2017 executive order on climate preparedness and clean energy development in Colorado. 

The Colorado Communities Symposium will feature a series of plenary sessions, breakout tracks with interactive scenario planning sessions, training events and roundtable discussions, tabletop exhibition, post-conference workshops and meetings, networking events and an awards dinner.

By showcasing and driving leadership action on climate and energy under a unified banner, Governor Hickenlooper and local government leaders are sending a strong signal that innovative and sustained climate leadership are a priority in Colorado.  The Symposium’s program agenda will be steered by a committee consisting of current and former state agency and local government leaders, former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, and Colorado State University’s Brad Udall.

“Communities across Colorado, from Durango to Wray, are proving that the clean energy transition can benefit every Coloradan,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “Through this symposium, the State will support locally-led climate and sustainability efforts by providing a forum for local government officials to build capacity and share best practices for with each other.”

The Compact of Colorado Communities, a membership initiative comprised of Colorado cities and counties that is administered by the Association of Climate Change Officers, will serve as the State of Colorado’s partner in producing the Symposium. 

“It is critical that state and local governments come together, align efforts and substantially scale up their capacity to drive successful climate change strategies if we want to ensure security and continued prosperity for our businesses and communities,” said Daniel Kreeger, executive director of the Association of Climate Change Officers. “We are honored to partner with Governor Hickenlooper’s administration and Colorado local government leaders to administer this vital forum.”

More information about the Symposium is available online at www.ColoradoCommunities.org. Additional information on the awards recognition event and program agenda will be made publicly available in the next few weeks.

About the Compact of Colorado Communities

The Compact of Colorado Communities was established in May 2017 to bring cities and counties together to stand together in taking constructive and practical climate action. The Compact’s mission is to advance capacity of Colorado cities and counties to develop and implement aggressive climate change initiatives thus ensuring security and economic prosperity.  The Compact will accelerate capacity building, alignment of important resources and interests, and drive critical public engagement on climate change action.  For more information about the Compact, please visit http://www.CompactofColoradoCommunities.org.

About the Association of Climate Change Officers

The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization for executives and officials worldwide in industry, government, academia and the non-profit community. ACCO’s mission is to define, develop and support the functions, resources and communities necessary for effective organizational leadership in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities. ACCO administers the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) and Certified Climate Change Officer® (CC-O®) credentialing programs. For more information about ACCO, please visit http://www.ACCOonline.org.

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Colorado Cities and Counties Commit to Forming Statewide Network to Fight Climate Change

Update: Additional Colorado cities and counties such as Denver and Pueblo have now signed on to the Compact.  Click here to view the current list of pledge signatories.

Compact of Colorado Communities Launched
at Summit Hosted by City of Aspen

For more information, please contact:
Ashley Perl (Ashley.Perl@cityofaspen.com or 970-429-1798)
Daniel Kreeger (dkreeger@accoonline.org or 202-496-7390)

ASPEN, COLORADO - May 23, 2017 – At a City of Aspen statewide climate summit, elected officials and senior staff representing 27 local Colorado governments pledged to initiate a network called the Compact for Colorado Communities, a powerful tool for creating uniform climate change education, action, and policy statewide.  The City of Aspen hosted the summit on May 19, 2017 with the goal of strengthening Colorado’s ability to fight climate change.

The 27 signatories at the summit pledged to present the Compact charter to their respective governing boards within 90 days, thus formally launching the Compact.  The agreement symbolizes a collective commitment to aggressively act on climate change by focusing intently on building decision-making capacity and expertise within local governments.

The goal of the Compact for Colorado Communities is to form a unified network that will:

  • create jobs, improve public health, and demonstrate bold actions;
  • spur economic development through clean energy and preparedness programs;
  • secure funding and technical support for member's local projects;
  • deliver visible community improvement projects coveted by residents and local businesses; and
  • facilitate flow of funding from state and federal agencies, philanthropic organizations and the private sector to city and county programs.

“Today’s theme is urgency, collaboration, and getting done locally what currently isn’t prioritized in the state or nationally,” Aspen Mayor Steven Skadron said at the Summit.  He continued, “I believe no other state is better equipped or has a greater responsibility to lead the country toward a solution than Colorado.  Aspen’s electric utility is the first in Colorado and the third in the nation to be powered by 100 percent renewable sources.  I’d like to see Colorado become the first state in the country to be powered entirely by 100 percent renewable sources.”

The Compact was activated under the leadership of Mayor Skadron, Aspen’s Climate Action Manager, Ashley Perl, and the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO).  ACCO played a key role in structuring the Compact’s requirements and will be providing critical climate preparedness training to elected officials and staff in all member communities.  Additionally, ACCO will forge partnerships with peer non-profit organizations, state/federal government entities and technical experts across sectors to support the Compact’s members.

"The Compact of Colorado Communities reflects an understanding of elected officials and their senior staff that successful climate action will require a workforce and management team with updated competencies enabling better decision-making on greenhouse gas reduction, adaptive systems and resilience to extreme events.  This is the first of its kind initiative to significantly scale up climate change knowledge and expertise in a region and will serve as a benchmark for successful climate action,” said Daniel Kreeger, ACCO’s executive director.  “ACCO is pleased to play a role in accelerating this progress and is already actively looking to replicate this model effort.”

Pledge signatories included elected leaders from 22 cities including Boulder, Vail, Fort Collins, Basalt, Breckenridge, Lafayette, Carbondale, Westminster, Winter Park, Eagle, Avon, Alamosa, Glenwood Springs, Manitou Springs, Frisco, Minturn, Snowmass Village, Golden, Durango, Lakewood, Telluride and Wray, who were joined by Pitkin, Boulder, Eagle and Summit counties.  Leaders from cities and counties such as Denver were unable to attend the launch event in person due to inclement weather the day before the event, but participated through a live stream of the event and have indicated verbally that they plan to join the Compact.

Colorado communities have already faced very significant climate change impacts and extreme events including shortened ski seasons affecting the economy, significant flood events and increased wildfires destroying real estate and infrastructure, droughts that have significantly impacted the agriculture sector, and pine beetle infestations that have ravaged trees statewide. Significantly expanding professional competencies and informed leadership in local governments will better prepare Colorado for climate change and extreme events while growing its economy.

For a complete list of participants and to learn more about the Compact of Colorado Communities, please visit http://Colorado.ACCOonline.org.

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About the Compact of Colorado Communities
Founded by Aspen Mayor Steven Skadron and the Association of Climate Change Officers, 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 will dynamically advance and expand upon city and county efforts to address climate change, resilience to extreme events and grow a clean energy economy throughout Colorado. For more information about the Compact of Colorado Communities, please visit http://Colorado.ACCOonline.org.

About the City of Aspen
Located high in the Rocky Mountains, Aspen is the 53rd largest city in the state. Two hundred miles southwest of Denver and 130 miles east of Grand Junction, it is at the southeastern end of the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen is surrounded by the White River National Forest.  The City encompasses 3.66 square miles and is a relatively flat valley floor surrounded on three sides by Aspen, Smuggler and Red Mountains. It was founded in 1880 and incorporated in 1881. Aspen is internationally renowned as a winter and summer resort. 

About the Association of Climate Change Officers
The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization for executives and officials worldwide in industry, government, academia and the non-profit community. ACCO’s mission is to define, develop and support the functions, resources and communities necessary for effective organizational leadership in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities. ACCO administers the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) and Certified Climate Change Officer® (CC-O®) credentialing programs. For more information about ACCO, please visit http://www.ACCOonline.org.