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.

The 10-member CAP Committee was established by the City Council and appointed by the Mayor to identify opportunities for the City, School District, and broader community to conserve energy, reduce costs, and prepare for the future. City Councilor Richard Hildner, who chairs the CAP Committee says, “We’re beginning to develop specific strategies, so now is a good time to ask city residents for their input. What should be our overall goal for saving energy as a community, and how should we get there?”

The open house will provide opportunities for the public to learn about the committee’s overall objectives and provide suggestions about energy conservation goals and strategies.

The committee is developing climate action strategies in nine areas:

  • Buildings and energy use
  • Transportation
  • Water sources and water conservation
  • Wastewater management
  • Waste reduction and purchasing
  • Future growth and hazard areas
  • Forests and open land
  • Local food sourcing
  • Education and behavior

“Regardless of an individual’s view on issues such as global warming or the importance of clean energy, every individual in Whitefish stands to benefit from cost savings that flow from energy conservation and reductions in fossil fuel consumption,” Hildner said.

Members of the public may attend anytime during the 2-hour open house between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the new City Hall at the corner of Second Street and Baker. Committee Chairman Richard Hildner will present a brief overview about the committee at 7 p.m.