Whitefish Climate Action Plan
March 27, 2018 update: The Whitefish Climate Action Plan was submitted today to the Whitefish City Council for a Council work session on April 2 and public hearing on April 16. Details here.
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 have been 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
- 344 citizens took a resident survey. See result summary here: Public Participation Appendix B
- 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.
- The CAP Committee and Climate Smart co-hosted a Solar-Ease Workshop on March 7, 2018 to engage residents in household and community solar solutions.
- 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
More information about the plan, including minutes of committee meetings can be found at the City of Whitefish Public Works website.