FortZED

Fort Collins will be the model community for a leading and replicable net Zero Energy District.

The mission of FortZED is to transform the downtown area and the main campus of Colorado State University into a net Zero Energy District through conservation, efficiency, renewable sources and smart technologies.

Watch the FortZED Jumpstart Project Video


Located in downtown Fort Collins, Colorado, FortZED is a collaborative effort, sharing best practices at the state, regional, national, and global levels.

Great Partnerships, Great Benefits, Great Start

From the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster to Colorado State University’s research and lab experiments, to the Fort Collins Utility; FortZED is bringing together diverse partners to update antiquated energy distribution channels and create clean energy related jobs.

Benefits of FortZED

  • It is an innovative energy project that supports a progressive municipal utility
  • It fosters local innovation and entrepreneurship
  • It provides economic support for local private sector clean energy technology companies
  • It legitimizes our region as a leader in clean energy technology innovation
  • It has philanthropic-minded, grassroots support in the community
  • It complements the City's Climate Action Plan, Energy Policy, and other related Utilities programs and projects
  • It is drawing national and international attention and funding for its vision and progress to date.

RDSI Project Extended!

RDSI, also known as the FortZED Jumpstart project, went live in 2011. This exciting project showcases innovative techniques for managing energy in Fort Collins and beyond. Phase II is underway and will be completed in September 2013.


Knowledge Tools

Here's a brief glossary of FortZED terminology.

Need a quick overview of the project? Here's a fact sheet to download and print.

Faces of FortZED

Jennifer Vervier

Director of Strategy and Sustainability New Belgium Brewery