Climate Smart Community Conversations Continue This Fall

Climate Smart Glacier Country is sponsoring three community conversations this fall to explore local solutions to the climate challenge. These community forums provide an opportunity to learn and prepare for climate-related disruptions as well as what we can do locally to reduce the risk by building a stronger clean energy economy. Join us to be part of the solution!

The series begins on Wednesday, September 12, 6 p.m. with a forum on Energy Efficient Building for Affordable Housing. It will feature four experts on building or retrofitting energy efficient homes as an essential ingredient for affordable housing. Presenters include:

  • Heather McMilin, Homeword Missoula
  • Don Newton and Adam Steele – Flathead Electric Cooperative
  • Kevin Jacks – Function First Building Performance Contracting
  • Paul Tschida – DEQ Montana Energy Office

Visit three innovative, climate-smart homes on Saturday, October 14 for the Green Home Tour, starting at 10 a.m.  These homes feature innovative, energy efficient and sustainable design by Yvonne May, Jake Christiansen, Mark Van Everen, and Richard Cohen. Learn about cutting-edge building materials, how to dramatically reduce energy costs, and opportunities to generate your own power.

Our focus shifts to the increasing risk of catastrophic wildfires to our Flathead communities on Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m.  Wildfire in the City will focus on what homeowners and town leaders can do to establish fire-adapted communities.  Wildfire has razed urban neighborhoods in major western cities over the past year, and the Flathead is not immune from this risk.  Learn what can be done to protect homes and property in an era of megafires and hotter, drier summers.

For some select footage of the Energy Efficiency for Affordable Housing seminar and the Green Home Tour, see below.