Whitefish Climate Action Plan
The Whitefish City Council established a Climate Action Planning Committee on December 5, 2016. A committee of 10 people was appointed by Mayor John Muhlfeld in January.
The City Council resolution directs the Committee to:
Work with City Staff and the Climate Smart Glacier Country partnership to evaluate the City’s energy use and propose specific projects, benchmarks and other recommendations to conserve energy in the City. The Committee may also propose actions to enhance community resilience and prepare for the effects of climate change.
There are multiple opportunities for public involvement:
- All meetings are open to the public
- The committee hosted a public open house to discuss the plan and invite resident suggestions on Wednesday, June 14, 2017
- 144 citizens took a resident survey in October 2017. See result summary here: CAP survey results
- The Committee hosted a public forum on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 about reducing community and public health risk from wildfires and smoky fire seasons. Read Whitefish Pilot article.
- Progress report and comment opportunity with Whitefish City Council on Dec. 4 and with city staff on Dec. 6, 2017. CAP progress report Dec 4
Public Comment Opportunity: The CAP Committee is accepting public comments! Please share your thoughts on how the city, school district and community can conserve energy and water, reduce emissions and prepare for a changing climate. Please email your comments to Whitefish Sustainability Coordinator Mariah Gladstone: MGladstone@CityofWhitefish.org.
The committee is developing climate action strategies in five areas:
- Buildings and Energy Use
- Transportation and Land Use
- Water and Wastewater
- Forests and Watersheds
- Consumption, Food and Waste
The Climate Action Plan will include a parallel climate plan for the Whitefish School District
May 31, 2017 meeting
May 16, 2017 meeting
May 2, 2017 meeting
April 4, 2017 meeting
March 21, 2017 meeting
February 28, 2017 meeting
February 7, 2017 meeting