Tag Archives: Fort Collins’ Climate Action Plan

Are US automakers falling behind vehicle technology trends?

Ask a Scientist – December 2017, Union of Concerned Scientists 

This month we asked Dave Cooke, a UCS senior vehicles analyst, to set the record straight on the status of US automakers. Cooke, who has a PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of the new report, “In Need of a U-Turn: Automakers’ History of Intransigence and Opportunity for Change.”

Read more here.

Dave Cooke is a senior vehicles analyst in the Clean Vehicles Program, specializing in both light- and heavy-duty fuel economy.  He conducts research on fuel efficiency technologies and the implications for oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions across the transportation sector. Dr. Cooke received his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics in 2010 from the University of California, Berkeley.  Prior to this, he received his BS in physics from Harvey Mudd College in 2002 and his MS in physics from the University of California, San Diego in 2004.


Transforming How Communities Use Energy: Learning from Fort Collins

Rocky Mountain Institute.Org

The City of Fort Collins has adopted climate action goals that are among the most ambitious climate commitments in the nation. Under new goals adopted in March 2015, the city aims to reduce its community greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2030 (relative to a 2005 baseline) and 100% (reaching carbon neutrality) by 2050. In adopting these goals, the Fort Collins City Council accelerated by 20 years the previous target of 80% emissions reduction by 2050.

Fort Collins’ remarkable achievement in adopting an ambitious goal is the fruition of a multi-year process led by stakeholders including city government, local businesses, Colorado State University, the local municipal utility, and community and environmental advocates. Along the way, Rocky Mountain Institute and eLab have played key roles in facilitations, analytical support, expert convening, and communications. This page provides an overview of our approach and offers links to resources for other communities who are considering forward-looking climate action.

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