• Reflections on Our First Climate Smart Year

    As 2017 draws to a close and we reflect on our first year as a non-profit organization, I’m amazed at how much our crew of volunteers has accomplished. Or more accurately, what we have accomplished in partnership with a great many others. At last count, we have collaborated with more than 30 organizations, businesses, and […]

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  • Clean Energy Forum Nov. 16 concludes 2017 Climate Smart Conversations

    Montana’s transition to a renewable energy future is the focus of Climate Smart’s final 2017 community climate conversation. The November 16 forum features local businesses and examines Montana’s potential to thrive in a clean energy economy. Hosted by Xanterra at Cedar Creek Lodge, the forum highlights six Flathead businesses that play a role in the emerging […]

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  • Global Weirding: Where Montana’s Climate and Weather Collide

    Some climate scientists clamber across Arctic icefields or measure drought-stress in western forests. But much of what scientists do is behind a computer screen, creating global computer models that meld together the laws of physics with field data and various scenarios of choices that humans make. Two new reports released this falls paint a few […]

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  • Whitefish Climate Survey – Please share your thoughts

    The City of Whitefish is the first community in Flathead County to tackle the question: What should our town do to address climate challenges and create local solutions?  Now the Whitefish Climate Action Plan Committee wants to hear from you!  Share your thoughts at this link for an on-line survey. Earlier this year, Mayor John Muhlfeld […]

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  • Join Us for a Climate Conversation

    Autumn rains are falling in Montana, and our southern coastal states are drying out. It’s finally time to have a serious conversation about climate change. Climate Smart Glacier Country invites you to join us at four community forums this fall focused on emerging climate challenges and local solutions. Our recently formed public-private partnership is focused […]

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  • Climate Smart Education Series Kicks Off with TOMORROW, A Film About Hope and Community Solutions

    TOMORROW – A Film about Community, Creativity and Hope kicks off the 2017 Climate Smart Educational Series with stories about neighbors creating community solutions all around the world for sustainable food, energy, and transportation systems, economics and education. A warming climate presents new challenges to the Flathead Valley, but it also offers many opportunities to […]

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  • I’ve seen fire, you’ve got rain

    The west side of Glacier National Park is eerily quiet, choking on wildfire smoke along with much of the West. Dozens of homes and our beloved Sperry Chalet have burned locally. Meanwhile, my niece flees Hurricane Irma in Florida and my cousin is trying to salvage his flooded Houston home.  Flash drought, record-shattering downpours, plenty […]

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  • Climate Smart Receives Community Foundation Grant

    The Whitefish Community Foundation has awarded us $1,000 to help fund an educational series on climate change projections, anticipated impacts, and local climate solutions. Thanks to the Foundation and everyone who came to accept the award! Please consider supporting our efforts.  Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. We’re beginning to plan educational events for 2017-2018. […]

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  • Whitefish Open House Will Focus on Climate Action Plan on June 14

    Help lead Whitefish into a smart energy future! Show up and lend your support on June 14. The Whitefish Climate Action Planning Committee will host a public open house at the new City Hall Lobby on Tuesday, June 14 to share information about the development of a climate action plan for the City of Whitefish. […]

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  • Local Food is a Hedge Against Climate Risk

    Building a strong local food movement is a prudent (and rewarding) solution to future disruptions related to global climate change. That was the consensus that emerged from a community conversation led by our Climate Smart Food and Soil Working Group at the March 4 Free the Seeds Fair in Kalispell. Hotter temperatures, bigger storms and […]

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