Our Purpose

The impacts of climate change are happening now and will continue into the foreseeable future. The Eagle Valley community prioritizes climate action as an urgent priority so that current and future generations of citizens and guests can enjoy a flourishing year-round economy, recreational experiences, and a healthy resilient ecosystem that enhances the well-being of all.

The Climate Action Collaborative for the Eagle County Community is a group of local governments, businesses, schools, special districts and nonprofits tasked to implement the recommendations of the Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community. The plan recommends county-wide carbon pollution reduction targets of 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, from the Eagle County 2014 baseline inventory.

The Collaborative meets quarterly and includes working groups focusing on emission reductions from: buildings (residential & commercial), transportation, waste and the landfill, and our energy supply. There are also working groups dedicated to water conservation, carbon sequestration, and education and outreach in the Eagle Valley.

Our Goal: Reduce emissions 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.

Using 2014 as a baseline, our community has two paths forward: one is to continue emitting at the same rate. The other is to begin taking actions, by sector, to reduce by 25% by 2025. The difference creates a pie-shaped triangle [see graphic below]. Divide that area into further slices and now we have a road-map that will guide us to our goal.

Each slice of the pie is a different aspect of our Eagle Valley emissions: Buildings, Waste, Transportation & Energy Supply. Each sector has goals that are custom built for our community (i.e. 25% reduction in building energy use by 2025). Add each of the sector goals together and combined they will meet our community-wide Climate Action Plan goals.

 

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Latest Climate Action Collaborative Posts

  • New Report Illuminates Tri-County Solar and Storage Potential
    Sometimes it baffles me that solar energy wasn’t harnessed for power in an effective way decades ago. I’m stating the obvious here, but the sun is the start of the energy cycle most life forms depend on. Oh, and it is limitless – or renewable, as the kids say –... Read more
    Published on: 2022-01-06
  • 2021 Climate Action Reflections
     December has arrived and cue the cliché about how fast time goes by. The holiday season looks like a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but I think it is safe to assume that at minimum, we all have the very human experience of reflection. December... Read more
    Published on: 2021-12-02
  • To Eat or Not To Eat Beef? That Is Not The Question.
    “Book after book, article after article,” Nebraska cattle rancher and steakhouse owner Jim Jenkins has spent the last half-decade exploring criticisms of the beef industry. Most of us would look for claims that support the work we do, but Jenkins is engaged in the noble pursuit of understanding the other... Read more
    Published on: 2021-11-04