2017 Bright Idea
Winners:
City of Fort Collins, CO
January 1, 2017
Jurisdiction:
Colorado

Using tours of Fort Collins city services and projects, the One Planet program bolsters employee curiosity about how their departments function and how to increase sustainability by applying green practices, and turns employees into climate ambassadors within their departments. Begun in in 2010, a volunteer team of dedicated employees set up a series of field trips to project sites to learn from other staff, including tours of the local water treatment plant led by employees to demonstrate how the city's water is treated to exceed federal, state, and municipal standards. The program has grown since and is now embarking on its seventh year with more than 90 opportunities for educational tours, such as how power substations work, watershed monitoring programs, land restoration for storm water quality, and low impact development sites.