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October 12, 2016

Colorado Communities to Push for State, Federal Climate Action

Boulder County, Colo. - On Oct. 11 the Boulder County Commissioners
held a public hearing on the policy priorities of Colorado Communities for
Climate Action (CC4CA). The CC4CA is this state’s first consortium to represent
municipalities and counties in advocating for state and federal actions to provide
the authorities, tools, and policy frameworks that communities need to reduce
heat-trapping emissions enough to meet local climate-protection goals and help
stabilize our climate.

Twelve Colorado communities have banded
together to push for more action to tackle climate change at the state and
federal levels. The first local governments to have signed up as CC4CA members
are: Boulder County, the City of Fort Collins, the City of Boulder, Eagle
County, Summit County, the City of Golden, Pitkin County, San Miguel County,
the City of Aspen, the Town of Vail, the Town of Telluride, and the Town of
Mountain Village.

On the day of its launch in late May,
the coalition already represented one-ninth of all Coloradans. Other local
governments are considering joining the coalition, and partnership is expected
to grow.

Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones
said, “Colorado has so much at risk from extreme weather, drought, and
wildfires that we need to do more at every level of government to protect our
public health and safety, environment, and quality of life,” She continued. “This
new coalition will unite the voices of counties, cities, and towns to bring
about the policies and support we need from the state and federal government so
we can take care of our local communities and local residents.”

The staff presentation to the Boulder
County Commissioners highlighted CC4CA’s proposed 2016-2017 legislative and
policy priorities, which require unanimous consent by all coalition members for
adoption. Representatives of coalition members have identified the coalition’s proposed
priorities, which among others include supporting the following policies:

  • State-level actions
    to remove barriers and promote opportunities that allow
    counties and statutory cities and towns to maximize the deployment of local
    clean energy options
  • State legislation to
    incrementally increase the Renewable Energy Standard
  • Ongoing and sustainable funding
    for the Weatherization Assistance Program
  • New state government incentives for the purchase and use of
    zero emission vehicles, and the development of the infrastructure needed to
    support the use of those vehicles across Colorado

During the presentation, Sustainability
Coordinator, Susie Strife, stated, “One obstacle for local governments wanting
to influence state and federal policies is the expense of advocacy. Pooling
resources to secure professional representation is the most cost-effective way
to get the professional services local governments need to be effective on
climate matters at the state and federal levels.”

Earlier this summer the coalition hired
Frontline Public Affairs as its lobbyist before the state government and plan
to promote this coalition’s comprehensive policy agenda.

"This type of collaboration provides
much greater influence than any of our individual governments would have on our
own,” stated Boulder County Commissioner Cindy Domenico.

For more information about the CC4CA and these
policy priorities, visit
www.CC4CA.org or contact Susie Strife at sstrife@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-4565.