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We had a successful kickoff event in Aspen May 19th
For more information and to get involved head to:



A commitment from COLORADO COMMUNITIES drives global change




The Compact ensures that city and county efforts to address climate change, resilience to extreme events  and grow a clean energy economy throughout Colorado are greater than the sum of their individual efforts.
Mission: Advance capacity of Colorado cities and counties to develop and implement aggressive climate change initiatives thus ensuring security and economic prosperity.  
Vision: The Compact ensures that Colorado communities are sustainable, prosperous and responsible through accelerated capacity building, alignment of resources and interests, and public engagement on climate change action.
Its key themes and focus areas will include:
  • Aligning climate action with economic development;
  • Advancing statewide preparedness and resilience;
  • Scaling up clean energy development and consumption;
  • Engaging the public to build better understanding and support;
  • Developing greenhouse gas reduction goals and implementation strategies; and
  • Providing support to member communities in taking action locally.

The Compact will be administered by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) and supported by a cadre of non-profit organizations, higher education institutions and pro bono service providers in Colorado. Learn more about the Compact at http://colorado.ACCOonline.org.



A note from Aspen's Mayor

In December of 2015, I attended the Paris climate talks and the "Climate Summit for Local Leaders" co-chaired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris.

Mayors from LA to Seoul to Istanbul gathered at this meeting to build on the efforts of the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of cities pledging, among other things, to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions from each of their cities.
I left Paris with a sense of urgency, the need for collaboration, and hope to get done locally what is not currently prioritized nationally.
I am proud to say we are launching the Compact of Colorado Communities, a network of Colorado Mayors and elected officials dedicated to fighting climate change in their communities. I’m asking you to join me.
In my city, we’re already seeing 23 fewer frost free days since 1980. That means hotter days and a changing local economy. I know citizens in your town feel it too. That’s bad for business, the environment, and all of Colorado.
Cities and towns across the globe are taking action and its time Colorado positioned itself as a leader. It is our duty to ensure a strong and prosperous Colorado for future generations. I hope you’ll join me at our Summit to do just that.


                     Steven Skadron
                     Mayor, City of Aspen






GOAL OF THE SUMMIT: Create a network of Colorado Mayors and elected officials dedicated to fighting climate change in their communities on numerous scales.  

The goal is for attendees to leave the event feeling prepared, well-resourced and connected to others. The forum will be designed to create a sense of urgency, helping attendees feel part of something larger and meaningful.

Each city or county must publicly commit to and announce the establishment of one of the following within 2 years of joining the Compact: 

  • Comprehensive climate action plan

  • Absolute greenhouse gas reduction goal

  • A renewable energy goal tied to either city/county operations or increased participation from residents and businesses

  • A substantial energy efficiency initiative with related emissions reductions

In order to build capacity to establish goals and implement these activities, each city or county must commit to assigning at least 5 employees to leverage complementary training provided through the Compact, ACCO and third-party organizations.



May 18-19, 2017



Aspen Colorado

May 18th
Welcome Reception:
Wheeler Opera House

May 19th
Climate Mayors Summit:
Aspen Kitchen



Colorado Mayors & Elected Officials







Please register below.  Each participant can bring one additional guest from their community.  
Contact Ashley Perl (ashley.perl@cityofaspen.com | 970.429.1798) or
Mayor Steven Skadron (steve.skadron@cityofaspen.com) with questions.

Each community is invited to send one elected official and one staff member to the event. If a staff member is not available, a community sustainability partner is invited as the second community representative. Attendance to the event is free.
The elected official should be prepared to participate in the signing ceremony after executing the commitment to join the Compact.

Registration closes May 1, 2017.

Name *



• Alamosa

• Aspen

• Basalt

• Boulder

• Bow Mar

• Breckenridge

• Crested Butte

• Denver

• Durango

• Eagle

• Fort Collins

• Frisco

• Glenwood Springs

• Golden

• Lafayette

• Lakewood

• Manitou Springs

• Minturn

• Pueblo

• Snowmass Village

• Telluride

• Vail

• Westminster

• Winter Park

• Woodland Park

• Wray


• Boulder

• Eagle

• Gunnison

• Pitkin

• Summit



• State agencies

• Metro Mayors Caucus

• Park City (Utah)




Please find discounted rates at our partnering hotels.


Independence Square

For reservations call 800.633.0336/970.920.2010 or email Reservations@FriasProperties.com.

10% discount off rooms at the Independence Square.

Please reference #56620 – Compact of Colorado Communities. Nightly minimums as well as a 6.3% service fee will apply for condo reservations. Rates are exclusive of Aspen’s 11.3% lodging tax.


For reservations call
970.429.9500 (M-F, 8:30am – 4:30pm) 
You will receive the Colorado Rate
(20% off the best available rate).

Rooms tax is 11.3%, there is no resort fee, there is no cutoff date, rate will be extended as long as there is availability in the hotel.


Aspen Square hotel

For reservations call 800.862.7736, or email reservations@aspensquarehotel.com.

The group reservation number is 41722 under Compact of Colorado Communities.

  • Fireplace Studios @$149
  • 1-Bedrooms @$189
  • 2-Bedrooms @$229

17% combined tax and service additional (11.3% sales tax + 5.7% service fee)


Limelight hotel 

For reservations call 800.433.0832, or email aspenreservations@limelighthotel.com, or
click here to book online. 

The discounted rate is applied when you mention Compact of Colorado Communities.

  • Run of House Rate of $155.00/night
  • 3 Day Pre/Post Rates will be extended based on availability.

Rates are quoted per night.  Resort Fee and Tax: A 6% resort fee and 11.3% lodging tax will be added to the quoted guest room rate. 



Way to Go is a program of the Denver Regional Council of Governments whose main mission is to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT-R) and increase air quality within our region through employer and school outreach efforts. We are offering this program to attendees.

Just input your starting location below and see your matches. 







If you have any additional questions, please contact Ashley Perl at: ashley.perl@cityofaspen.com or 970.429.1798.