Boulder County is one of nine Colorado communities that have banded together to push for more action to tackle climate change at the state and federal levels. Colorado Communities for Climate Action (CC4CA) is this state’s first consortium to represent municipalities and counties in
advocating state and federal actions providing the authorities, tools, and policy frameworks Colorado communities need to reduce heat-trapping emissions enough to meet local climate-protection goals and help stabilize our climate.
The nine local governments serving as the founding members of CC4CA are Boulder County, the City of Fort Collins, the City of Boulder, Eagle County, the City of Golden, Pitkin County, San Miguel County, the City of Aspen, and the Town of Vail. Other local governments are currently considering joining the coalition.
Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones said, “Colorado has so much at risk from extreme heat and storms that we need to do more at every level of government to protect our public health and safety, ecosystems, and quality of life. This new coalition will unite the voices of counties, cities, and towns to bring about the policies and support we need from the state and federal government so we can take care of our local communities and local residents.”
“The best way for local governments to achieve change at the state and federal levels is to work collectively to promote a shared policy agenda, supported by many communities. This type of collaboration provides much greater influence than any of our individual governments would have on our own,” expressed City of Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones.
CC4CA is guided by a steering committee comprised of representatives of member local governments and administered by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, a nonprofit group with 12 years of experience working with Colorado local governments on climate change policy. The coalition has retained Frontline Public Affairs to represent it before the General Assembly and other state and federal offices, and is reviewing proposals from law firms to represent it before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.For more information about the coalition, visit www.cc4ca.org.