Climate Smart Montana
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.
Network Activities Include:
- Collect and distribute the most relevant climate science materials, news, and resources.
- Share best practices and highlight success stories of communities that have adopted local climate solutions.
- Understand local challenges related to a shifting climate and share strategies to adapt to those changes.
- Facilitate community efforts to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy.
- Identify and obtain funds to strengthen community resilience across Montana.
- Encourage other communities to participate in this network and support their efforts to advance local climate solutions.
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"
Montana Community Climate Action Plans
Resources and Publications
See resources and publications on topics relevant to Climate Smart Montana's work.
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"
Climate Smart Montana
The next meeting will be Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 12:00 pm.
October 5, 2023 featuring Makenna Sellers, Executive Director, Montana Renewable Energy Association. “What's the deal with DERs (Distributed Energy Resources)? Montana rooftop solar in the context of a clean energy transition.” Description: We will cover the basic principles and trends in the world of small scale solar, wind, and batteries, often referred to as DERs. We will also share how MREA plays a pivotal role in the state's clean energy transition through workforce development, policy and advocacy, and increasing community access to clean energy consumer education.
September 7, 2023 Dennis "Chipper" Longknife Jr., Fort Belknap Indian Community's (FBIC) Climate Change Coordinator, presenting "Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Aaniiih and Nakoda People."
June 1, 2023"Creating local climate solutions through Climate Resilience VISTA partnerships." Steve Thompson from NCAT and Callye Foster from Montana Campus Compact will provide an overview of their collaboration with local partners to support community capacity to work on local climate solutions through MTCC’s Climate Resilience VISTA cohort.
January 5, 2023 featuring Isaac Cheek, Mike Lily and Youpa Stein, presenting "Plastics and Climate Change: A Big Picture and a Montana Actions View."
November 3, 2022 featuring Kyla Maki, MT DEQ, covering updates on the state implementation of federal funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
September1, 2022 featuring Kristi Drake, Executive Director, Billings Trailnet
August 4, 2022 featuring Michael Durglo Jr, Tribal Preservation Department Head of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, presenting "Indigenized models of climate adaptation: Biocultural restoration of whitebark pine forests by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes"
May 5, 2022 Featuring Matt Madsen, Research Associate with the Western Transportation Institute, presenting “GoGallatin – Sustainable Transportation Solutions”
February 3, 2022 Featuring Courtney Long, Assistant City Planner, Red Lodge, MT., presenting Energy Conservation for Small Towns: Small towns can make big progress toward climate resiliency, which Red Lodge is tackling with its 2018 Energy Conservation Plan.
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.
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
May 6, 2021 Featuring: Carolyn Craven and Amy Rapp, “Great Falls Slaughterhouse Mega-Complex”
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)
September 10, 2020 Featuring: Steve Thompson, National Center for Appropriate Technology
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
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