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Colorado Future Avoided Cost Explorer (FACE:Hazards) Tool

June 2020

Colorado has advanced recovery resources, but the state's risk profile will continue to increase in the coming years. The state did not have a tool to quantify the cost of future risks, until now. The Future Avoided Cost Explorer or "FACE:Hazards" tool includes a suite of resources that will enable local decisionmakers to evaluate the costs of future risks from flooding, drought, and wildfire across seven economic sectors over different climate and population projections between today and 2050.

Related Organizations: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Fort Collins, Colorado 2019 Municipal Sustainability and Adaptation Plan

2019

The City of Fort Collins, Colorado 2019 Municipal Sustainability and Adaptation Plan (MSAP) outlines the goals and objectives for achieving a healthy, sustainable city and improving Fort Collin’s resilience to a changing climate. Presenting six goals and 17 objectives for the City through the year 2050, the plan is a guide for city employees to develop and implement sustainability and adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: City of Fort Collins, Colorado

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Denver Green Buildings Ordinance

November 2, 2018

The City of Denver, Colorado established a Green Buildings Ordinance in 2018 requiring all new and existing buildings over 25,000 square feet in size to incorporate a “cool roof” along with other green energy measures. The new ordinance strengthens Denver’s 2017 green roof ordinance to go beyond vegetated roof requirements with additional, cost-effective options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing urban heat island effects across the city.

Related Organizations: City of Denver, Colorado

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Colorado Climate Plan 2018 Update - State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt

July 2018

Colorado published its first Climate Plan in 2007, and advanced the plan with State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt in 2015. This version, updated in 2018, incorporates additional commitments to climate action, as laid out in Governor Hickenlooper’s 2017 executive order.  The Climate Plan focuses on eight main sectors including water, public health, greenhouse gas emissions, energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and recreation, and ecosystems. Updated climate mitigation and adaptation strategies and policy recommendations are given for each of the sectors.

Related Organizations: Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Colorado Energy Office

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From the Ground Up: The State of the States on Climate Adaptation for Agriculture

March 2018

Recognizing the leading role that states are playing in addressing climate change, this report from the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy catalogues policies related to the need for agricultural adaptation in the 18 states states with climate adaptation plans (or specific agricultural policy papers). These states include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Related Organizations: The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Resource Category: Planning

 

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South Platte Watershed Natural Capital Resource Assessment

2018

Led by a project team of federal and state agencies and consultants, this assessment analyzes and values the ecosystem services provided by the South Platte Watershed in Colorado, and provides data and tools to help managers prioritize investments in restoration and preservation to maintain ecosystem health. The South Platte Watershed covers 3. 8 million acres spanning from the mountains to the Denver metropolitan area and adjacent plains. The assessment process involved mapping the natural assets in the South Platte Watershed and identifying the most important assets, valuing the ecosystem services provided by those assets, and developing a decision support tool to help prioritization of restoration and conservation decisions.

Related Organizations: Earth Economics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), State of Colorado, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Colorado Resiliency Resource Center

The Colorado Resiliency Resource Center is an innovative online platform that offers guidance on resilience for local government agencies, elected officials, community organizations, and members of the private sector. It is one way that Colorado’s Resiliency Office, housed within the state’s Department of Local Affairs “supports and helps empower Colorado communities” as they prepare for the effects of climate change. Information is classified into three sections related to understanding, planning, and taking action for resilience.

Related Organizations: Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Denver, Colorado Cold Weather Motel Voucher Program

The Denver Department of Human Services (DHS) offers a Cold Weather Motel Voucher program, which is designed to ensure that homeless families have a temporary place to stay during colder, inclement weather. Vouchers are offered by DHS between October and April, during periods when the temperature drops below 40 degrees and when all Denver shelters are at capacity. Families with children under the age of 18 can apply for a voucher through the program, and stay in a participating motel for up to two weeks.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado

November 2017

From  the Colorado Department of Local Affairs this guide is intended to help Colorado communities better protect residents and property by integrating resilience principles into their plans, codes, and policies. Detailed example strategies are provided for counties and municipalities to address hazards, which are occurring more frequently in the state, in part due to climate change. The guide begins with a list of community features that should be considered as communities decide what approach to hazard planning is most appropriate for their unique situation.

Related Organizations: Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Ripple Effects: Colorado Water Plan in Action 2017

November 2017

Ripple Effects: Colorado’s Water Plan is a 2017 update on implementation of the plan that was published by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) in 2015 - outlining two years of progress. Three main values are intended to guide the document: a productive economy, especially in the agricultural and tourism sectors; efficient water infrastructure; and a strong environment with healthy watersheds and wildlife. Many of the water plan’s objectives and strategies focused on climate change impacts to these focal sectors, and have been implemented according to this progress report.

Related Organizations: Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)

Author or Affiliated User: Megan Holcomb

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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