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Keeping Fort Collins Green

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Climate Wise, Business Smart: a voluntary program that helps businesses reduce their bottom line and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they omit.

Colorado State University is the “green” university and leader in global energy reduction research.

Engines and Energy Conversion Lab is world-renowned for its innovations in algae fuel research, invention of two stroke engines, and clean burning stoves for Third World countries.

Fort Collins Sustainability; More than just city policies, more than just community programs, more than just talk. Being sustainable means considering the environmental, financial, and human impacts of all of our decisions.

FortZED; Weird name, cool project. Fort (Fort Collins) ZED (zero energy district) works to increase renewable energy production, improve energy efficiency, manage peak energy usage, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Green Energy Program: A Fort Collins Utility program. Purchase clean, renewable energy, and guarantee that your energy comes from the cleanest source available.

City of Fort Collins Green Building Services Program helps citizens and businesses use the latest technologies to reduce energy and lower toxins in buildings.

The Poudre School District is among one of the first school districts to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building certification. PSD schools have won more than 30 awards for sustainable environmental design, pollution prevention, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.

Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster fosters collaboration and projects that have a global impact. Fort Collins is the go-to region for smart grid technologies, renewable energy, cleaner energy, and energy efficiency, Sustainable Living Fair highlights sustainable living practices, renewable energy ideas, natural health, green building practices, alternative vehicles, organic agriculture, local economies, and more.

Enjoying Nature in Fort Collins

Fly Fishing on the Poudre River, photo by Ryan Burke.

Adventure tours in Fort Collins consists of guided and self-guided biking, hiking, and rafting tours.

Colorado State University’s Oval is the sentimental heart of campus. It is lined by century old American elm trees. Many campus activities take place here year-round.

Enjoy Fort Collins’s scenery at one of forty Natural Areas. Residents of Fort Collins value conservation of public lands so everyone has the chance to view nature as it should be, undisturbed.

Go west! To Horsetooth Reservoir where you can boat, rock climb, hike, bike, or simply be.

Grow your own vegetables, at the community garden at the Gardens on Spring Creek.

Poudre River – The State’s only designated “wild and scenic” river. The Poudre is clear, cold, fast, and a dispenser of wisdom.

Walk or bike on the 200-plus miles of trails, both off and on streets.

Feeling the Vibe

Alleys in Downtown; take a shortcut and see a new part of town, complete with lights, flowers and public art.

Arts and culture – Beet Street is the central location for all things arts and culture. Hundreds of performances and exhibitions keep the community and visitors engaged and entertained.

Bike-In Theater: bring your bike and blanket to attend a late summer movies at the New Belgium Brewing Company.

Competitive Sports in Fort Collins are easy to find and attend. Colorado State University has many NCAA level sports including football, volleyball, basketball, track and field, and cross country. Just south of Fort Collins watch the minor league ice hockey team, the Colorado Eagles. For summer baseball action, check out the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League, the Fort Collins Foxes.

Craft beers in Fort Collins are made from the tastiest water in Colorado. Six microbrews and one national brewery offer tours, tasting rooms, and good times to visitors wanting to learn more about the art and science behind beer making.

Colorado State University’s Annual Flower Trial Garden: connect with your inner green thumb and bring your camera.

CSU’s home football games. Show your community pride with Game Day rallies, Ram Town, and tailgating. Go Rams!

Did you know Fort Collins’s main street, College Avenue, and its neighboring off-shoot streets in Old Town, were inspiration for Disneyland’s Main Street? It’s true!

Inspiration Playground – Be a kid again, at Spring Canyon Community Park – Colorado’s first universally accessible playground.

Poudre School District, an award-winning, diverse, quality school system. More than 48 percent of our population has a college degree or higher. The public school system reflects this thirst for knowledge by offering a variety of programs for all.

Local history and traditions abound in Fort Collins. Celebrate Fort Collins’ birthday bash each August at the Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Take a historic Downtown tour, climb the foothills and see evidence of long-ago ocean life, or ride the trolley to City Park.

Mason Corridor is a five mile north-south stretch of Fort Collins that will be retrofitted with energy efficient mass transit buses, continuous bike and pedestrian lanes and will be home to new transit-oriented development-connecting south Fort Collins and north Fort Collins like never before.

Non-Profits number in the hundreds here, which is why many residents are active volunteers in the community.

Old Town Square is always a great place to catch a concert, people watch, or enjoy a meal.

Poudre Valley Health System has been named a Top 100 Hospital for the past five years. With three campuses and a multitude of specialists and a caring staff, you’ll feel safe knowing the healthcare in Fort Collins is one of the best in the country.

Shopping: We’ve got the usual convenience shops you see in other towns, but there’s so much more! Unique, local boutiques, bookstores in coffee shops, gourmet food and wine, and a great outdoor sports shop – Jax. Also check out the Winter Indoor Farmers’ Markets and other local shopping information.

Getting Around in Fort Collins

Bicycling is big here! Fort Collins is an award-winning “Bicycle Friendly Town.” We have a bicycle co-op, bike library, bike parking, bike lanes, Tour de Fat, and more!

Downtown parking garages are safe, cheap, and located in the heart of Fort Collins. There’s also plenty of street parking and bicycle parking.

Fort Collins is conveniently located an hour’s drive to downtown Denver, to Denver International Airport, and less than hour from Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder, and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Public transportation is available in Fort Collins, with many routes and buses that run on bio-diesel or compressed natural gas.

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About Fort Collins, Colorado

  • Platinum rated Bicycle Friendly Community (2013)
  • Livability’s Best Downtown in the Nation (2012)
  • Money Magazine’s Best Place to Live (2010)
  • Population: 143,986 (2010 Census)
  • 55 square miles
  • Nearly 5,000 ft. above sea level
  • 300-plus days of sunshine per year
  • Average temps: January 40°F / July 85°F
  • 14 inches of precipitation a year

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