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CLIMATE
ACTION

Our way of life relies on the very environment in which we are located - the beautiful Rocky Mountains - and we recognize our responsibility to take a leading role in mitigating climate change.

Our commitment to current and future generations.

Reduce emissions 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.

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Renewable Energy

Vision: Our communities will be powered in ways that protect vibrant mountain resources.

Goal: Reduce emissions from electricity use 100 percent by 2035.

building energy

Vision: Our communities will maximize energy efficiency and lead in green design.

Goal: Reduce emissions from building energy use 21 percent by 2030 and 36 percent by 2050.

transportation sector

Vision: Our communities will design multi-modal transportation systems that discourage fossil fuel consumption.

Goal: Reduce emissions from transportation 25 percent by 2030 and 91 percent by 2050.

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Vision: Our communities will conserve natural resources through striving for zero waste.

Goal: Reduce emissions from waste 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050.

Forest Sector

Vision: Our communities will value healthy forests and understand their beneficial climate and environmental impacts.


Goal: Maintain forest cover in Summit County and improve forest resilience.

 
 

Building Electrification

What does it mean?

Electrification means switching appliances and equipment that would otherwise run on natural gas—such as furnaces, water heating, stoves, and clothes dryers—to clean and efficient electric versions. 

What are the benefits?

  • Better for health and safety - no open flames, no carbon monoxide

  • Better for the climate - 25-45% less greenhouse gas emissions

  • Lower cost - no expensive natural gas line, lower bills

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Implemented in 2007, Breckenridge was an early adopter of a sustainable building code. Today, the Town is evaluating the Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Home program in an effort to achieve the goals of the Climate Action Plan.

BUILDING ENERGY

Breckenridge has long been a partner of EnergySmart Colorado, providing rebates for homeowners to improve energy efficiency in their homes.

 

TRANSPORTATION

HAPPENING NOW:

The Town of Breckenridge is exploring what e-bike share could look like and we would love to hear from you! Tell us how you like to travel around Breckenridge, what you think of e-bike share, and where you would like to see e-bike share for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Visit EbikeBreck.org

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Breckenridge launched its first two electric Proterra buses as part of the FreeRide Fleet in 2019. Recently, the Town received a $2.1M grant to transition three more buses to all-electric. Plans are in the works to install 16 public charging stations for electric vehicles in 2020.

Our Strategies

  • Support adoption of more electric vehicles, expand infrastructure and incentives.
     

  • 20 EV charging stations have been added across four Town facilities (Ice Rink, Rec Center, Public works, Town Hall). An additional 22 EV charging plugs will be operational at the new South Gondola Parking Garage when it opens!  
     

  • Switch government fleets to EVs within replacement cycle and when appropriate models are available.
     

  • Promote clean fuels and alternative fueling infrastructure for heavy-duty vehicles.
     

  • Discourage single-occupancy vehicles through incentives, policies, and participation in regional initiatives.
     

  • Provide incentives to use public transit within Summit County.
     

  • Develop a bicycle and walking master plan.
     

  • Partner with utilities to ensure grid capacity and rate structure for increased charging.

In 2018, the Breckenridge FreeRide won the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies' Resort Agency of the Year award. This honor recognizes best practices implemented by a transit agency that serve communities higher than 6,600 feet in altitude and provides transit for tourist destinations.

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Our Strategies

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Thanks to voter approval, the Summit County Resource Allocation Park now accepts cartons for recycling as well as mattresses and food scraps.

WASTE

Breckenridge is committed to reducing and diverting waste 40% by 2025. The Town supported the Safe Futures Fund which provides $1.6M in funding to improve recycling programs. The Destination Management Plan strives to make events zero waste by 2024.

 

FORESTS

The Town of Breckenridge protects over 4,800 acres of open space which are critical for wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, view corridors, and sequestering carbon in an effort to reduce GHGs.

Our Strategies

  • Support the development of a community-wide forest management plan.
     

  • Improve the understanding of forest health in a changing climate.
     

  • Educate and advocate for the important role of forests with regard to climate change.

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The Open Space and Trails department produces a State of the Open Space report on an annual basis. The report summarizes the open space accomplishments and provides clear metrics to measure progress in the program over time.