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* 1. NAME (OPTIONAL):

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* 2. Do you live or work in the Town of Telluride proper or in a nearby community?

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* 3. How would you describe your awareness and understanding of climate change?  (Choose 1)

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* 4. How concerned are you about climate change? (Choose 1)

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* 5. How important is it to you that the Town of Telluride take action to mitigate climate change?

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* 6. How concerned are you with the following local and regional climate impacts?  Please check one box per impact.

  Extremely Concerned Somewhat Concerned Neutral Not Concerned
Increased temperatures and heat waves
Loss of regional snowpack in winter
Increased wildfires
Flooding and mudslides
Drought/water security
Loss of local habitats and species
Poor air quality
Increased insect pests that threaten trees and forest health

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* 7. Please check the appropriate box to indicate your personal level of concern regarding climate change in relation to the following items. 

  Extremely Concerned Somewhat Concerned Neutral Not Concerned
Public Health
Homes and property values
Well-being of future generations 
Economic vitality of the Telluride community
Public infrastructure (e.g., utilities, roads, buildings)
Urban trees and maintained landscapes 
Local, natural open space
Seniors and vulnerable populations

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* 8. Who has the responsibility to act on climate change? (Check all that apply)

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* 9. For each statement, please select the option that best matches your view.

  I strongly agree I somewhat agree I neither agree nor disagree I somewhat disagree I strongly disagree
Climate action is good for businesses in Telluride
Climate action can help me save money and resources
Climate action is good for the health and livability of my community
POTENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR TELLURIDE’S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN UPDATE
Every year since 2010, the Town of Telluride has conducted a community greenhouse gas inventory (available on our website: 2019 Energy Use & Carbon Footprint Summary to track and understand the community’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Telluride developed its first Climate Action Plan in 2014: Town of Telluride Community Climate Action Plan.  The 3 most significant sources of local emissions are:  (1) energy use by residential and commercial buildings; (2) local transportation such as cars/trucks, buses, and planes; and (3) solid waste landfill disposal.  This section asks your opinion about potential strategies for reducing GHG emissions from each of these sectors, building on programs that are already in place.

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Building Energy Use
Energy use by residential and commercial buildings is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 35% of Telluride’s emissions.  Potential strategies to decrease these GHG emissions include:

Replace fossil fuels with renewable energy resources for energy that is supplied to the community.
This includes increasing the amount of electricity generation by solar power by adopting zoning allowances, encouraging state legislators to sponsor appropriate bills, and creating financial assistance programs.

Improve efficiency of existing buildings and infrastructure. This includes reducing electricity and natural gas consumption and energy intensity of existing buildings by creating financial assistance programs to overcome upfront costs, developing contractor certification programs, and updating permitting procedures & methodology to streamline processes. This includes improving the efficiency of water treatment, storage & distribution, and wastewater collection and treatment.

Improve efficiency of new buildings. This includes encouraging new commercial or residential buildings to meet the highest energy efficiency technology available at any time.

Require new buildings have net-zero emissions for energy use.

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* 10. How do you feel about these strategies?  Please check one box per strategy.

  Strongly support Somewhat support Neutral Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Replace fossil fuels with renewable energy resources for energy that is supplied to the community.
Improve efficiency of existing buildings and infrastructure.
Improve efficiency of new buildings.
Require new buildings have net-zero emissions for energy use.

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* 11. What strategies have we missed within this topic area?

Transportation
Transportation-related emissions account for about 30% of all GHG emissions generated within the Town of Telluride.  Potential strategies to decrease these GHG emissions include:

Reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) through more sustainable land use patterns (transit-oriented development, local efficiency). This could include supporting mixed-use development in neighborhood commercial centers to encourage close-to-home local shopping and employment opportunities.

Reduce VMT by further improving transit systems. This could include partnering more strongly with San Miguel Area Regional Transit (SMART) to continue to increase transit service and access.

Reduce VMT by promoting human-powered transportation. This could include increasing bicycle and walking lanes, trails, and intercept parking to connect all parts of the regional community.

Promote carpooling and vehicle sharing. This could include facilitating school carpooling or creating vehicle-on-demand parking spaces.

Promote electric vehicles and other low-carbon vehicles.
This could include working with local vehicle dealers to further promote hybrid or electric vehicles (EV) for Town of Telluride residents or a decrease or elimination of the local tax for new electric-powered vehicles.

Provide additional rapid-charge EV stations. 

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* 12. How do you feel about these strategies?  Please check one box per strategy.

  Strongly support Somewhat support Neutral Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Reduce VMT through more sustainable land use patterns (transit-oriented development, local efficiency).
Reduce VMT by improving transit systems.
Reduce VMT by promoting human-powered transportation.
Promote carpooling and vehicle sharing.
Promote electric vehicles and other low-carbon vehicles.
Provide additional rapid-charge EV stations.

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* 13. What strategies have we missed within this topic area?

Waste & Natural Resources
Waste-related emissions account for 7% of greenhouse gas emissions in Telluride.  Potential strategies to decrease these GHG emissions or their impacts include:

·         Increase carbon sequestration. This could include maintaining or expanding urban forests; expanding open space acreage and improving ecosystem health; and improving/preserving forest health.

·         Reduce material consumption, waste generation, and resource depletion. This could include increasing waste diversion by expanding composting programs, eliminating single use products, increasing repurposing programs (such as Second Chance and the Free Box), and developing a zero-waste strategy and goal for the Town.

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* 14. How do you feel about these strategies?  Please check one box per strategy.

  Strongly support Somewhat support Neutral Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Increase carbon sequestration.
Reduce material consumption, waste generation, and resource depletion.

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* 15. What strategies have we missed within this topic area?

All Proposed Strategies

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* 16. How important is it for Telluride’s CAP update to address each of the proposed topic areas?

  Very important Somewhat important Neutral Not important Not important at all
Transportation
Building Energy Use
Waste & Natural Resources

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* 17. What topics have we missed?

BUY-IN & PARTICIPATION WITH TELLURIDE’S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN UPDATE
In addition to government-led climate actions, it will be important for the Telluride community, including our visitors, to adopt climate-friendly behaviors.  Therefore, please, help us identify potential barriers and challenges to implementing the CAP Update strategies.  Also, help us determine what actions Telluride residents are currently taking, and identify additional actions that the Town could better encourage.
Barriers & Challenges

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* 18. What do you think is the biggest road block to implementing the strategies in the Telluride CAP Update? (Choose 1)

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* 19. Personally, what barriers prevent you from taking climate action? (Select all that apply.)

Personal Actions & Behaviors 

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* 20. Individual action can make a difference when we are thinking about climate change. Below are some actions individuals take. What do you already do? (Check all that apply)

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* 21. What would you be interested in doing that you are not currently doing? (Check all that apply)

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* 22. Do you have additional comments, concerns, or questions about Telluride's Climate Action Plan Update? 

Optional Demographics 
The following questions helps us understand the profile of survey participants and supports our effort to make this process as comprehensive and inclusive as possible. These questions are optional.

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* 23. What is your gender? 

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* 24. Which of the following best represents your race and ethnicity? Select all that apply.

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* 25. When were you born?

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* 26. Would you like to receive future email communications on Telluride’s CAP update and other public engagement opportunities? If so, please provide your email below

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* 27. How did you find out about our survey?

Thank you for taking our survey! Visit Town of Telluride's Environmental Sustainability webpage for additional information. 
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