Whitefish Climate Action Plan available for public review

After hundreds of hours of research, consultations with local and regional experts, countless meetings, and Herculean efforts by a committee of volunteers, the Whitefish Climate Action Plan is available for public comment through March 19, 2018. The Climate Action Plan establishes a foundation for Whitefish to strengthen local resilience to future climate change impacts and to make the transition to a clean energy economy.

Click here to view and download the draft plan: Whitefish_CAP_Draft_Public_Review_3.06.2018

Please send comments with references to relevant page numbers to Mariah Gladstone at the City of Whitefish, mgladstone@cityofwhitefish.org.

Final revisions to this draft plan will be completed by the Climate Action Plan Committee on March 28. The plan and committee recommendations will be submitted to the Whitefish City Council for a work session on Monday, April 2. The Council will hold a public hearing on April 16 and consider a resolution for approval. The Committee’s goal is to celebrate the final, approved plan at the April 21 Earth Day Celebration, which will be held at the Whitefish School District’s new Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship.

The two fundamental goals of the plan include:

Understand and Prepare: The plan identifies the key trends and scientific projections for what a warming, more volatile climate means for Whitefish. It presents a pathway for solutions, such as becoming a fire-adapted community and protecting our water. It presents strategies to safeguard public health, property, and economic vitality.

Reduce Emissions: The City of Whitefish, alongside nearly 400 U.S. cities and 195 nations, has committed to keep global average temperatures from rising more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. This plan emphasizes energy efficiency, local production of clean energy, and conservation of carbon-rich forests and soil.

Chapters in the plan include:
  • Climate Trends, Projections and Impacts Climate projections Whitefish CAP_Draft
  • Buildings and Energy
  • Transportation and Land Use
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Forests and Watersheds
  • Consumption, Food and Waste
  • Whitefish School District Sustainability Plan