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'''Status''': Initiated in 2004
'''Source File''': http://fcgov.com/sustainability/pdf/sustainability-plan.pdf
''<u>The Action Plan itself comprises 54 pages. Shown below is the Executive Summary. To view or print the entire document, please refer to the source file.</u>''
Over the past year, City of Fort Collins staff members have been working on a visionary
step in creating the Action Plan for Sustainability. This plan provides recommended
policy, goals, and targets for advancing sustainability within City operations with a
unified, cross-departmental approach. A staff team with representation from each service
area across the City developed this Action Plan using the Sustainable Development
Commission's Resourceful Government Guidebook: Tools to Put Sustainability Into
Action in Local Government Agencies as a guide. The first step the team undertook was
to develop the following policy statement for City adoption:
''<blockquote>The City of Fort Collins will serve as a community leader in sustainability by conducting daily operations through balanced stewardship of human, financial, and environmental resources for present and future generations.</blockquote>''
In order to put policy into action, the next step was to assess existing sustainability
practices and identify new opportunities in daily City operations. Based on these
documented successes and opportunities, the team then prioritized 9 areas of key
importance to the City from a list of 31 sustainability topics for local governments. The
nine areas are treated equally with no implied priority.
'''Priority A:''' Sustainable Purchasing General<br>
'''Priority B:''' Sustainable Purchasing Auto Vehicles and Equipment<br>
'''Priority C:''' Healthy Productive Employees Employee Health<br>
'''Priority D:''' Healthy Productive Employees Employee Safety<br>
'''Priority E:''' Green Buildings New Construction, Major Retrofits, and Operations and
'''Priority F:''' Healthy Ecosystems Water Use Management, Irrigation<br>
'''Priority G:''' Sustainable Energy Employee Commuting<br>
'''Priority H:''' Pollution and Waste Reduction Office Recycling and Waste Reduction<br>
'''Priority I:''' Management Tools Planning
The final step in the planning process was to develop goals and quantitative targets for
each of the nine priorities. Each target contains four elements: (1) performance measure:
how results will be quantified; (2) scope: what part of the operation will be measured; (3)
performance goal: what the desired outcome is; and (4) completion date: when the
outcome will be achieved.
The team recommends the following steps for accomplishing the goals and targets:
* Obtain Executive Leadership Team (ELT) support for this Action Plan.
* Establish an organizational structure to coordinate implementing this Action Plan.
* Work with appropriate departments to finalize the recommended goals and targets.
* Evolve finalized and approved targets into detailed implementation plans that identify specific resource needs, responsible staff members, and timelines.
The City is already practicing many aspects of sustainability. Measuring, managing, and
optimizing the existing sustainability practices and emerging opportunities will accelerate
the City s progress. The policy, goals, targets, and resources (included in Appendix D)
described in this report provide the structure for ensuring that sustainability is
maintained in the future.
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