Former Gov. Bill Ritter, mayor, city manager to talk energy future

Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, director of CSU’S Center for the New Energy Economy, will join Fort Collins Mayor and CSU engineering faculty member Wade Troxell; and City Manager Darin Atteberry at a public forum Aug. 24 to discuss America’s energy future and how it relates to the City of Fort Collins’ Climate Action Plan. Ritter has recently authored a new book on the energy revolution. 

Bill Ritter posterThe event will be Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, Canyon West Room, 417 W. Magnolia St. The panel discussion will begin at 6 p.m.; an open house on specific Climate Action Plan strategies will follow from 7-8 p.m. along with a book signing with Ritter. CSU will sell books at the event.

Seating is limited, so reservations are required at www.fcgov.com/climateaction/rsvp. Refreshments will be served. 

Ritter, founding director of CSU’s Center for the New Energy Economy, is the author of “Powering Forward: What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution,” which addresses changing the world view of energy infrastructure and policy in the face of climate change. During his tenure as Colorado’s 41st governor, he signed 57 laws on clean energy policy.

In March 2015, Fort Collins adopted some of the nation’s most aspirational goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with an immediate goal of reaching 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. The community is already halfway to the goal largely through adoption of strategies related to electricity, transportation, natural gas, solid waste and water.

At the open house, city staff will engage the public on various strategies and steps our community could take to reach those goals in the next three to 18 months. For more information on the community’s Climate Action Plan: www.fcgov.com/climateaction

CSU University Communications Staff