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City Joins Compact of Colorado Communities

Steamboat Springs Joins Nearly 30 Municipalities Focused on Sustainability
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-August 24, 2018-The City of Steamboat Springs has joined
nearly 30 other Colorado cities and counties as part of the Compact of Colorado Communities, one of
the largest climate change focused collections of local governments.
“Time and time again, our citizens have indicated how important clean water and clean air is to them,
and joining the Compact is one more step in fulfilling that community commitment,” said City Council
President Pro Tem Kathi Meyer.
The Compact of Colorado Communities was established to be a tool for advancing climate change
education, action, and policymaking in local governments statewide. The Compact focuses upon
building capacity in critical decision-making roles through collaborative learning activities enabling its
members to rapidly scale up and advance climate action planning at the local level.
In addition to the Compact, the City of Steamboat Springs currently utilizes the STAR Community
Rating System (STAR) as the framework for its sustainability, which sets targets for moving forward,
and measures progress along the way. Steamboat Springs is the only 4-STAR certified community in
Colorado and one of three cities in the state to receive STAR certification, with Durango and Fort
Collins obtaining 3-STAR certification.
The Compact reports Colorado is already two degrees warmer than it was 30 years ago, and citizens
and businesses throughout the state are already feeling the heat. In Steamboat Springs, several
environmental changes have been at the forefront the past few years including reduced snowpack
impacting ski season operation and events, mandatory water and fire restrictions as well as river
closures due to low river flows and higher water temperatures.
The City of Steamboat Springs joins Compact members including the cities of Avon, Aspen, Basalt,
Boulder, Breckenridge, Durango, Eagle, Fort Collins, Fraser, Frisco, Golden, Lafayette, Manitou
Springs, Minturn, Pueblo, Snowmass Village, Telluride, Vail, Westminster and Winter Park along with
Adams, Boulder, Denver, Eagle, Gunnison, Pitkin and Summit Counties.
For more information about the Compact of Colorado Communities, visit
www.CompactofColoradoCommunities.org.

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