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Bill Ritter to speak at FoCo climate plan event

Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter will speak at an upcoming event for Fort Collins’ Climate Action Plan.

The Aug. 24 event will include a panel discussion and open house and also include Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell and City Manager Darin Atteberry. It will take place at the Lincoln Center’s Canyon West Room, 417 W. Magnolia St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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During the panel discussion from 6 to 7, Ritter, Troxell and Atteberry will discuss America’s energy future and how it relates to Fort Collins’ goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent of 2005 levels by 2020 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The open house portion will give attendees information about how the city can work toward those goals in the short term.

Fort Collins is about halfway to reaching its 2020 goal, city officials said.

Colorado State University will sell copies of Ritter’s new book, “Powering Forward: What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution,”  at the event.

Ritter, founding director of CSU’s Center for the New Energy Economy, focused on preserving Colorado’s environment during his tenure as governor from 2007 to 2011. He passed the state’s first climate action plan, expanded its renewable energy standard and worked with the Colorado Legislature to pass laws promoting renewable energy use.

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