Aspen tackles transportation emissions through “GoEV City” 100% electric vehicle commitment

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DENVER — Last week, Aspen City Council voted to approve a resolution declaring the mountain town a “GoEV City” by adopting a resolution to achieve 100% zero-emission transportation by 2050.  Aspen is the 11th city or county in Colorado to pass a GoEV resolution, joining Boulder County, Denver, City of Boulder, Summit County, City of Golden, City of Fort Collins, City of Longmont, Town of Avon, Town of Vail, and Town of Erie. 

Collectively these communities include nearly 25% of Colorado’s population, as widespread acceptance and adoption of electric vehicles continues to build momentum across the state. 

“To eliminate emissions in the transportation sector over the next 30 years is not going to be easy. It’s going to take a systems wide shift in the way we currently operate,” said Torre, Mayor of Aspen. “Aspen’s membership in the GoEV City coalition of Colorado cities and counties, and commitment to the transition to 100% electric and zero emission vehicles by 2050, will help us reduce on and off road emissions on a timeline specified by our climate goals.”

Vehicle tailpipe emissions are a leading cause of ozone pollution and the number one single-contributor to climate change in Colorado. After record breaking ozone alert days last summer, it is increasingly urgent for local communities to move toward zero-emission vehicles as quickly as possible.  

“Tackling emissions from the transportation sector is one of Colorado’s most pressing concerns, and it’s imperative we find solutions that reduce ozone pollution and climate pollution,” said CoPIRG Advocate Alex Simon. “By committing to 100% clean, electric-powered transportation futures, GoEV cities and counties are leading the way in developing smart, innovative transportation solutions.”

The GoEV City and County campaign works to get Colorado cities and counties to commit to 100% zero-emissions transportation including municipal fleets, buses, taxis, rideshares, and all vehicles in the community. The campaign is supported by CoPIRG (Colorado Public Interest Research Group), Colorado Sierra Club, Conservation Colorado, SWEEP (Southwest Energy Efficiency Project), and CLEER (Clean Energy Economy for the Region).