Initiatives Recognized for Clean Energy Leadership

The State of Colorado and Compact of Colorado Communities recognized eight leading community initiatives across the state for their leadership in clean energy. The awards were presented as part of the three-day Colorado Communities Symposium in January. 

“Across Colorado, local governments are playing a critical role in reducing emissions to address climate change,” Gov. 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; and/or greenhouse gas reduction; as well as economic development initiatives aligned with the previous programs.     

The award winners are: Jefferson County for 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 and Gunnison Valley Regional Transportation Authority; Greenhouse Gas Reduction Toolkit produced by the City of Aspen and Community Office for Resource Efficiency; Fort Collins Utilities’ Driving Fort Collins Clean Energy Economy; Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative; and Clean Energy Credit Union