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Building on Success

The City of Bozeman is working to develop a Climate Plan to serve as a comprehensive strategy for addressing climate change in Bozeman. The plan will identify strategies and actions to reduce our community’s greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency to the impacts of climate change.
 
Did you know? Bozeman's 2016 community greenhouse gas emissions were nearly equal to our 2008 baseline emission levels, despite rapid population growth of 27% over the same period. Bozeman's overall community emissions totaled 522,405 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MT CO2e) in 2016. This is equal to the emissions of burning 2,850 railcars' worth of coal.
 
Community emissions per person declined 22% from 14.7 to 11.5 MT CO2e/person. GHG emissions per person in Bozeman are 42% lower than the 2016 national average of 16.5 MT CO2e per person but 58% higher than the global average of 4.8 MT CO2e per person.

City Emissions Comparison Graphic

We have more work ahead, but here are a few examples of the ways the City of Bozeman strives to be part of the solution:

 

Addressing a Changing ClimateClimate Plan Focus Areas graphic

Continuing the City's legacy of climate action and progress, the City of Bozeman passed a resolution in 2017 to join the Climate Mayors, a partnership of over 400 United States mayors committing to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement through local action.

The City established the following objectives to guide development of the Bozeman Climate Plan:

  1. Align the City's emissions reduction goals in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement.
  2. Create an actionable project implementation and policy-making guide.
  3. Include a diverse group of stakeholders in shaping Bozeman's response to climate change.

For more information on the Bozeman Climate Plan process, please read the project fact sheet.

Get Involved

The Bozeman Climate Plan will only be successful if there is community engagement and support for the solutions identified. Join us for:

  • Vision & Goals Community Forum, Wednesday Oct. 23rd, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Story Mill Community Center    
    • This community-wide event was attended by over 100 community members who provided over 250 comments with input on community climate goals and potential solutions. Dr. Bruce Maxwell (Montana Institute on Ecosystems), Claire Vlases (Bozeman High School), and Commissioner Terry Cunningham (City of Bozeman) presented compelling messages for ambitious climate action. Click here for the Community Forum 1 summary notes.
  • Community Review Forum, May 2020, date and location TBD
  • City Commission Meetings
    •  December 16, 2019 (Climate Plan Vision and Provisional Goals Resolution)
    • July 2020 (Bozeman Climate Plan anticipated final adoption)
  • Bozeman Climate Team
    • We are engaging a diverse committee of community representatives across industries to help develop the Climate Plan goals and actions. Click here for summary notes from the first Climate Team workshop, held on Tuesday, Oct. 22nd. Click here for the Climate Team roster.

 

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