About Clean Energy 2020

Join Us to Create a Clean Energy Future for Carbondale!

Clean Energy 2020 is a collaborative entity consisting of the Town of Carbondale, the Carbondale Environmental Board, the Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), and the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE). This entity was created in 2014 to support efforts to meet Carbondale’s clean energy goals.

Clean energy goals: 

In 2010 the Town of Carbondale adopted the following energy goals along with other member municipalities of Garfield Clean Energy:

  • Increase energy efficiency by 20% by 2020
  • Reduce petroleum consumption 25% by 2020
  • Obtain 35% of energy from local renewable energy sources by 2020

All goals are over a 2009 baseline, and are a means to a stronger, more resilient, and energy secure economy.

Clean Energy 2020 has:

  • Engaged community members to help identify a sustainable funding source to support the Town in reducing carbon emissions
  • Convened a Citizens Advisory Group to update Carbondale’s 2006 Energy and Climate Protection Plan

Climate change is here:

As the impacts of climate change worsen, the window of opportunity to act is shrinking. 2014 was the hottest year on record, and 2015 is expected to break that record. Scientists have stated that in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we have to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

How will climate change impact the Roaring Fork Valley?

  • Less snowfall
  • Less stream flow – warmer water
  • Increased wildfires
  • Decrease in native flora and fauna, such as the Aspen tree
  • Threats to our way of life and local economy

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