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Climate Smart Montana is a non-partisan, non-profit network with the goal of sharing information and resources to better coordinate community-based climate solutions and resiliency efforts in Montana.


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  1. Collect and distribute the most relevant climate science materials, news, and resources.
  2. Share best practices and highlight success stories of communities that have adopted local climate solutions.
  3. Understand local challenges related to a shifting climate and share strategies to adapt to those changes.
  4. Facilitate community efforts to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy.
  5. Identify and obtain funds to strengthen community resilience across Montana.
  6. Encourage other communities to participate in this network and support their efforts to advance local climate solutions.

 Climate Smart Montana CollageListserve

We have an unmoderated listserve ([email protected]) to share information and network. To join the Climate Smart Montana list serve, send an email to: [email protected] with the following text in the Subject: "subscribe climatesmartmontana YourFirstName YourLastName"

For more information, contact Paul Lachapelle at paul.lachapelle@montana.edu


Get names and contact information for participating individuals and organizations. Update your participant information here.


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See the existing and proposed community resiliency plans in Montana and learn more about the term 'community resiliency.'

Resources and Publications

See resources and publications on topics relevant to Climate Smart Montana's work.

Upcoming and Past Events

October 16, 2019: Institute on Ecosystems Rough Cut Science lecture "Creating Climate Resilient Communities"

October 3, 2019: Montana League of Cities and Towns 88th Annual Conference presentation "Creating Climate Resilient Communities"

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Meeting Recordings

Our next meeting is Thur. Feb. 3, 2022 at noon (MDT)

January 6, 2022 Featuring David Strohmaier, Missoula County Commissioner and Chair of the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority on current and future initiatives to reestablish passenger rail across the state. 

December 2, 2021Featuring Steve Thompson and several of his colleagues from the National Center for Appropriate Technology to discuss implementing the Montana Climate Solutions Plan



November 4, 2021Featuring  Nate Bellinger, Senior Staff Attorney, Our Children's Trust, who will discuss the current Held v. State of Montana lawsuit.

October 7, 2021Featuring, Kyla Maki, Energy Resource Professional with MT DEQ, "Planning for Electric Vehicles in Montana.” Specifically Kyla will cover: state funding for charging stations and vehicles; coordination with neighboring states; federal EV corridor designations, focused on interstates/highways in Montana; planned private investments in EV stations in Montana; and fuel tax and regulatory issues.

September 2, 2021Featuring Peter Reynolds, Chair of the Bitterroot Climate Action Group (BCAG) & BCAG colleagues, "Starting the Conversation: Building Climate Resiliency in a Rural Community.” Please review this information at: https://bitterrootcag.org/our- science-primer/ which was written by a panel of scientists and local experts in 2020 to serve as a basis for starting climate resilience planning.  

August 5, 2021Featuring Bonnie Rouse, Section Supervisor, Energy Efficiency & Compliance Assistance, MT DEQ (https://deq.mt.gov/energy/ Programs/code), Energy and Radon Code for New Construction: Implications for Enhancing Climate Resiliency and Improving Occupant Health.”

July 1, 2021 Featuring Amy Cilimburg from Climate Smart Missoula and Sarah Coefield, Missoula's Air Quality Specialist, impacts and ways to adapt to wildfire smoke. https://www.missoulaclimate.org/wildfire-smoke.html  

June 3, 2021 Featuring  Anne Hedges from MEIC , energy/climate-related laws passed from the most recent Montana legislative session.

May 6, 2021 Featuring: Carolyn Craven and Amy Rapp, “Great Falls Slaughterhouse Mega-Complex” 

April 1, 2021 Featuring: Dr. Andrea Hamre, of the Western Transportation Institute and Vanessa Palmer of Streamline Bus

March 4, 2021  Featuring: Anne Hedges, MEIC

February 4, 2021  Featuring: Patrick Judge, Helena Sustainability Coordinator

January 7, 2021  Featuring: Karen Stears and Randy Hafer, Billings Energy & Conservation Commission

December 10, 2020  Featuring: Tom Woods    

November 12, 2020  Featuring: Sen. Pat Flowers (SD32), Rep. Mary Ann Dunwell (HD84), and Rep. Christopher Pope (HD65)

October 8, 2020

September 10, 2020  Featuring: Steve Thompson, National Center for Appropriate Technology

August 6, 2020 

July 9, 2020 Featuring: Tom Woods 

June 4, 2020  Featuring: Constanza von der Pahlen and Adrian Leighton, Salish Kootenai College

May 7, 2020  Featuring: Tonya Graham, Geos Institute          

April 2, 2020 Featuring: Michelle Archie, Harbinger Consulting

March 5, 2020 Featuring: Mary Sheehy Moe, City of Great Falls          

Feb. 6, 2020

Jan. 9, 2020


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