Following the submission of this form, your name will be added to the list of organizations taking impactful steps to prevent a local and global climate crisis. Joining the Climate Action Challenge is not a legally binding commitment. A PACE advisor will reach out to discuss where you are along the journey and what support you will need to be successful.
The problem: The climate crisis is impacting Colorado. We are now experiencing health and economic impacts caused by hotter summers, record-breaking wildfires, increased flash flood risk, dangerous air quality, and drought. Climate scientists have stated that to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we must limit global warming to 1.5°C.
The solution: PACE’s Climate Action Challenge is part of a global climate protection effort to reduce 50% of greenhouse gas pollution by 2030. This objective can only be met if everyone contributes – and that means every business of every size, sector, and geography must do its part.
The benefits: In addition to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change, commercial property owners, businesses, and nonprofit organizations can enjoy lower energy costs, employee engagement, positive stakeholder engagement, and mitigated risks associated with future operations.
Boulder County businesses can lead in creating an equitable and sustainable future.
- Signing the Climate Action Challenge below is the first step.
- From there, we will follow up to understand where you are on your sustainability pathway and help you take the first (or next) step.
- PACE will support you along the way with advising, incentives and resources.
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Benchmark your energy use and calculate GHG by entering your electricity and natural gas usage from your utility bills into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, an online tool provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Data can be entered manually or synched automatically with your utility account.
Alternatively, the EPA’s Simplified GHG Emissions Calculator is a simple spreadsheet designed for you to estimate and inventory your annual GHG emissions by entering utility data and more. The calculator will determine the direct and indirect emissions from all sources at a company when activity data are entered into the various sections of the workbook for one annual period.
A PACE advisor can help you with this important benchmarking process. Contact an advisor at: 303-786-7223 or info@PACEpartners.com
Identify opportunities. Reducing GHG emissions means reducing the energy consumed, directly or indirectly, from carbon-emitting sources such as coal and natural gas. This can be accomplished in several ways, including using less energy overall, moving away from natural gas-powered equipment, and using electricity generated with clean technologies like wind and solar.
Some facilities may have opportunities for equipment upgrades and improvements to the building envelope, both of which can reduce overall consumption. Choosing equipment powered by electricity makes it possible to benefit from onsite solar systems or a utility grid that is reducing its use of coal and natural gas in favor of wind and solar.
Make a plan. Which changes will have the most impact? What can be done today at low or no cost? What are the capital expenses for which you’ll need to find rebates, incentives, or financing? Are you a good candidate to install solar and enjoy free electricity generated right on your property?
Let us help. PACE has worked with more than 2,000 businesses across Boulder County to identify these opportunities and access rebates, incentives, and financing that help them realize their sustainability goals and make smart investments in their business operations. When you work with PACE, you will be paired with an expert Business Sustainability Advisor in Boulder County who will work one on one with you to pursue sustainability efficiencies in one or all of the following areas: energy, waste, water and transportation. A great place to start is with an energy efficiency assessment to evaluate ways to reduce energy consumption and costs. Typically, energy assessments identify numerous simple, no-cost/low-cost recommendations to reduce energy use.
Contact an advisor at: 303-786-7223 or info@PACEpartners.com
By understanding your baseline and making a plan, your organization can set meaningful goals. Each organization will set unique goals that are aggressive, achievable, and in support of the larger local and global effort to reduce GHG emissions 50% by 2030. PACE is ready to help.
For small businesses with less than 500 employees, the Science Based Targets Initiative recommends setting a goal of:
- Reducing facility-related GHG emissions at least 50% by 2030.
- Measure and reduce emissions from commuting, travel, and other aspects of your supply and value chains.
For larger businesses there are other actions recommended to be in line with the reductions necessary to hold global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Whatever your goals, it’s important to make sure all of your internal and external stakeholders aware of them along with your strong commitment to success.
As you begin to implement your plan, you’ll track your energy use and emissions regularly. Be accountable to yourself and your stakeholders by reporting on your progress. Update you plan and goals annually to stay on track.
Need a hand? Optional technical support and expert advice is available. PACE offers no-cost custom advising for your organization, including greenhouse gas inventories, opportunity assessments, goal-setting support, financial resources, and reporting. We’ll be there to support you, every step of the way. Contact an advisor at: 303-786-7223 or info@PACEpartners.com