The City of Bozeman is conducting a vulnerability assessment and developing a resiliency strategy to assess local climate impacts, prioritize vulnerabilities, and develop adaptation strategies and an action plan for resiliency. Municipalities across the United States are acting to establish local resilience initiatives to prepare for the effects of climate change and other hazards. To adapt to the risks associated with changing local climate conditions, the City of Bozeman is undergoing a climate vulnerability assessment of municipal buildings, infrastructure, and operations to build resilience in delivering its municipal services. In the coming years, Bozeman is projected to be impacted by extreme heat, floods, drought, decreased snowpack, more extensive, frequent and intense wildfire, and more severe winter storms.
The project fact sheet provides detailed project information and ways to get involved. The vulnerability assessment and resiliency strategy will serve as a pre-cursor to the City's Climate Action and Resiliency Plan in 2019, the update to the City's existing Climate Action Plans.
Climate Action Plans and Policies
History of Climate Action in Bozeman
Recognizing the role a healthy environment plays in creating a city in which people want to live, work, and raise a family, our former Mayor Jeff Krauss and City Commission signed the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement in 2006.
To guide our climate action initiative, the City Manager first convened the Municipal Climate Task Force in 2007. This community Task Force completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and developed recommendations to help the City of Bozeman reduce emissions within government operations. The Task Force worked with city employees to review items such as building operations, vehicle fleets, traffic lights, water treatment, and water reclamation. Below are some of our plans & policies:
In August 2008, the City accepted the Municipal Climate Action Plan (MCAP). The MCAP outlines our goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent below 2000 levels by 2020.
In 2009, the City began a community-wide planning effort to find specific strategies for Bozeman residents to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The City Commission appointed a 15-member Community Climate Task Force to ensure a diverse group of stakeholders contributed to the Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP), which was adopted by the Bozeman City Commission in 2011. The goal from the Community Climate Action Plan is to reduce emissions 10 percent below 2008 levels by 2025.
The City’s Sustainability Program Manager oversees implementation of both the Municipal and Community Climate Action Plans. The Bozeman Climate Partners participate by developing creative partnerships in the community, volunteering for projects & events, or by participating in working groups. Any resident, business, club, non-profit, or government agency that would like to help the Bozeman community reduce greenhouse gas emissions can become a Bozeman Climate Partner.