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May 26, 2016

Local Communities Push for State, Federal Climate Action in New Coalition

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County is one
of nine Colorado communities that have banded together to push for more action
to tackle climate change at the state and federal levels. Colorado Communities
for Climate Action (CC4CA) is this state’s first consortium to represent
municipalities and counties in advocating state and federal actions providing
the authorities, tools, and policy frameworks Colorado communities need to
reduce heat-trapping emissions enough to meet local climate-protection goals
and help stabilize our climate.

The nine local
governments serving as the founding members of CC4CA are Boulder County, the
City of Fort Collins, the City of Boulder, Eagle County, the City of Golden,
Pitkin County, San Miguel County, the City of Aspen, and the Town of Vail. Other
local governments are currently considering joining the coalition.

Boulder County Commissioner
Elise Jones said, “Colorado has so much at risk from extreme heat and storms
that we need to do more at every level of government to protect our public
health and safety, ecosystems, and quality of life. 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 best way for local
governments to achieve change at the state and federal levels is to work
collectively to promote a shared policy agenda, supported by many communities.
This type of collaboration provides much greater influence than any of our
individual governments would have on our own,” expressed City of Boulder Mayor
Suzanne Jones.

CC4CA is guided by a
steering committee comprised of representatives of member local governments and
administered by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, a nonprofit group with
12 years of experience working with Colorado local governments on climate
change policy. The coalition has retained Frontline Public Affairs to represent
it before the General Assembly and other state and federal offices, and is
reviewing proposals from law firms to represent it before the Colorado Public
Utilities Commission.

For more information about the coalition, visit www.cc4ca.org.