Bozeman Climate Plan
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.
Bozeman Solar Project
The City of Bozeman partnered with NorthWestern Energy to install a 385 kW utility scale solar array at the Wastewater Treatment Facility. The City of Bozeman is leasing the land to NorthWestern Energy for 5 years, and NorthWestern Energy was responsible for all costs associated with the project. Montana State University is an additional project partner. The project covers 2.5 acres and incorporates 1,152 solar panels, and will produce enough electricity to offset the annual consumption of 60 Montana homes.
A key component of the electrical design was NorthWestern Energy's desire to test "smart inverter" functions in relationship to large scale integration of distributed energy systems on their utility grid. A communication tower at the site allows NorthWestern Energy to remotely control the advanced inverter functions while also providing a platform for system monitoring and data acquisition. The project fact sheet offers more information, and a publicly accessible project dashboard is available with detailed system information and real time power production.
Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Resiliency Strategy
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 conducted 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 City of Bozeman Vulnerability Assessment and Resiliency Strategy assesses local climate impacts, prioritizes vulnerabilities, and develops adaptation strategies and an action plan for resiliency. The project fact sheet provides detailed project information. The Vulnerability Assessment and Resiliency Strategy serves as a precursor to the City's Climate Plan in 2019, the update to the City's existing Climate Action Plans.
- Vulnerability Assessment & Resiliency Strategy
- Vulnerability Assessment & Resiliency Strategy Executive Summary
- City Commission final presentation on Vulnerability Assessment & Resiliency Strategy
The City of Bozeman is working with the Montana Renewable Energy Association to review local processes to identify opportunities for improved efficiencies to make installation of solar energy systems more accessible to Bozeman residents and businesses. Learn more about SolSmart designation.
The City of Bozeman continues to prioritize the energy efficiency of our own facilities and operations by implementing LED street light retrofits and completing energy efficiency upgrades in select facilities.
Idle Free Bozeman
It’s as simple as turning your key when you’ll be stopped for 30 seconds or longer. Save gas, save money, no-brainer. Idling contributes to poor air and water quality, and generates unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions.