The Sustainable Business Program is a collaboration between SLA, the City of Fort Collins, past ClimateWise partners, local businesses, and underrepresented businesses and stakeholders.
What is the Sustainable Business Program?
The Sustainable Business Program is a reimagining project of the ClimateWise program, a free and voluntary program for businesses that provided information and opportunities to help businesses and the community achieve sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction goals. This effort is led by the Sustainable Living Association, the City of Fort Collins, past ClimateWise Partners, and underrepresented businesses and stakeholders in the Fort Collins community. Our community stakeholders include Black/African American, Latinx, LGBTQIA, women-led, Middle Eastern and North African, Asian and Pacific Islander, and veteran-owned businesses.
What is the goal of the program?
The Sustainable Business Program aims to conduct a barrier analysis with the help of our Leadership Team and Steering Committee. The barrier analysis will address and diagnose limitations or gaps to joining the previous ClimateWise program, such as challenges to joining for non-ClimateWise businesses, non-profit organizations, and minority owned businesses. The goal of the barrier analysis is to launch a pilot sustainable business program that integrates and addresses the limitations found in the barrier analysis.
Why reimagine the ClimateWise program?
As the City of Fort Collins and organizations shift their focus to meeting Our Climate Future goals, it is important that the process is equitable and inclusive to consider the diverse experiences of our community members. Within the focus of fostering an equitable process, the program must lead with racial and ethnic equity. There are barriers to participating or engaging with sustainability, and the purpose of the reimagining process is to identify the structures of the program, the motivation of businesses, the barriers for minority and women-owned businesses, the challenges for non-profit entities, and the alignment of existing City or regional goals. This identification process can help shape a pilot program that will be evaluated.
More can be learned through this Background Research Report.