Colorado Climate Plan - State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt (2015)

The Colorado Climate Plan is a statewide strategy of policy recommendations and actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to increase Colorado’s climate preparedness. The Plan focuses on seven main sectors affected by climate change, including water, public health, energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and recreation, and ecosystems.

This plan has been developed collectively by the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Health and Environment, Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, the Colorado Energy Office, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the Department of Local Affairs, with input from key stakeholders.

Each state agency addressed sector specific climate impacts and supported the development of relevant climate mitigation and adaptation strategies as presented in the plan. As described in the report, over the coming months state agencies will “work to incorporate the recommendations of this plan, schedule opportunities for continued stakeholder engagement, and continue to ensure that steps are taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a balanced and responsible way, while also pursuing adaptive strategies that protect the core elements that make Colorado such a desirable place to live, work, and play.”

Climate mitigation and adaptation strategies and policy recommendations are given for each of the seven sectors. According to the plan, the recommendations made represent commitments by the representative state agencies to continue climate planning, and to provide state level policies and strategies to mitigate and adapt. Those strategies and recommendations are also summarized in the final section of the report, “Moving Forward.”

The plan has been developed to meet the requirements of Colorado House Bill 13-1293 codified as C.R.S. 24-20-111, which calls for the development of a state climate plan that sets forth a strategy to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while taking into account previous state actions and efforts.  


Publication Date: September 16, 2015

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