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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. In August 2008, the City adopted 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 Plan. Efforts were coordinated by Sustainable Planet Solutions. The end result is 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.

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