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.
The City established the following objectives to guide development of the Bozeman Climate Plan:
- Align the City's emissions reduction goals in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement.
- Create an actionable project implementation and policy-making guide.
- Include a diverse group of stakeholders in shaping Bozeman's response to climate change.
The Climate Plan web page offers more information.
In 2019, the City of Bozeman conducted a vulnerability assessment and developed a resiliency strategy to assess local climate impacts, prioritize vulnerabilities, and develop adaptation strategies and an action plan for resiliency. 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. The vulnerability assessment and resiliency strategy will inform the City's Climate Plan, 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, the City of Bozeman has been committed to Climate Action since 2006.
- 2006: Bozeman signed the Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement, committing Bozeman to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- 2007: Municipal Climate Task Force created; completed greenhouse gas emissions inventory and emissions reduction recommendations
- 2008: Municipal Climate Action Plan developed, establishing a goal of reducing municipal greenhouse gas emissions 15% below 2008 levels by 2020
- 2009: Community Climate Task Force created to identify specific strategies for Bozeman residents to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- 2011: Community Climate Action Plan developed, establishing a goal of reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 10% below 2008 levels by 2025
- 2017: Bozeman passed resolution in support of the Mayor's National Climate Action Agenda, a commitment by over 400 U.S. Mayors to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement
- 2018: Bozeman City Strategic Plan includes policy directive to develop a new Climate Action Plan and Climate Adaptation Plan
- 2019: Bozeman completes year-long Vulnerability Assessment and Resiliency Strategy, including a review of projected climate change impacts for southwest Montana and offering strategies and actions to address climate change hazards that may affect City facilities
The Municipal and Community Climate Action Plans (CAP) are relatively complete, with a large percentage of measures accomplished or in progress. Successful CAP programs have included commercial and residential energy efficiency partnerships, municipal building upgrades and LED streetlights, renewable energy advancements, expansion of the multi-modal network, and execution of a number of land use and waste reduction policies.
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.