• Whitefish Climate Action Plan Goes to City Council

    April 17 update:  The Whitefish City Council approved the Climate Action Plan following a public hearing on April 16. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the effort! Join us on Earth Day to celebrate completion of the first Climate Action Plan in Flathead County. The Whitefish City Council on April 16 will hold a public […]

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  • Go Solar! Packed house attends community workshop

    An enthusiast crowd packed Whitefish City Hall last night to learn what it takes to go solar in the Flathead. They met with local solar installers, financial and policy experts, and representatives of Flathead Electric Cooperative. Montana’s high solar potential partnered with a 55% drop in prices over the last five years has contributed to […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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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