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Healthy Colorado Initiative Releases “Driving Change” Guide

Guide offers transportation recommendations to reduce carbon footprint.

  • Lindsay Schlageter
    The Nature Conservancy in Colorado
    Phone: 612-968-3141

The Healthy Colorado Initiative, a partnership of the Colorado Forum and The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, today released Driving Change – The Colorado Employer’s Guide to Green Mobility. The Guide offers recommendations for commuters and businesses looking for ways to decrease their carbon footprints.

Timed to coincide as offices and businesses open their doors after Covid-19 shutdowns, the Driving Change Guide provides a mix of best practices on a wide range of transportation options, including public transportation, electric vehicles, carpooling, vanpools, and cycling. It also highlights “Champions of Change” case studies of green mobility practices being implemented by organizations around Colorado as well as a section on telework and flexible work schedules.

“We have heard from many Colorado businesses looking for ways, as they re-open, to establish a ‘new normal’ that is better for their employees, their businesses, and the planet,” said Gail Klapper, president of the Colorado Forum. “Working together with Tom Pitstick, Chief Marketing Officer at Gates Corporation who put forward the idea, we created this guidebook as a resource to provide suggestions on transportation options to reduce carbon emissions.”

 “Transportation is the number one greenhouse gas emitter in Colorado,” said Carlos Fernandez, state director for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado. “We are seeing the effects of climate change in Colorado from ongoing drought to catastrophic wildfires. The Guidebook offers specific recommendations to enable Coloradans to decrease emissions from transportation to help put us all on a more sustainable path forward.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people work and how the workplace will look in the future. With offices reopening, employees and business leaders are looking for new ways to address working from home and the office. This Guidebook leverages these new work options in a way that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help with climate change.

“As a business owner, I have found the Driving Change Guidebook to be extremely helpful,” said Ken Gart, president of Gart Companies and a member of the Colorado Forum. “Companies of all sizes across our state will find useful information and great resources to help their businesses and Colorado at the same time.”

Driving Change is the first of a series of guidebooks that will be offered from the Healthy Colorado Initiative (HCI) to address greenhouse gas emissions in various sectors.  HCI, which launched in 2018 as a partnership between the Colorado Forum and The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, is dedicated to convening partners across sectors to create collaborative climate action and position Colorado as a leader in combating climate change. The Colorado Forum plays a critical role in Colorado by engaging business and civic leaders in public policy that is good for Colorado. The Nature Conservancy in Colorado carries out scientifically based strategies to ensure that people and nature thrive.

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