Climate Smart Montana

Climate Smart Montana is a non-partisan, non-profit network with the goal of sharing information and resources to better coordinate community-based climate solutions and resiliency efforts in Montana.

Specific Activities Include:

  1. Collect and distribute the most relevant climate science materials, news, and resources.
  2. Share best practices and highlight success stories of communities that have adopted local climate solutions.
  3. Understand local challenges related to a shifting climate and share strategies to adapt to those changes.
  4. Facilitate community efforts to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy.
  5. Identify and obtain funds to strengthen community resilience across Montana.
  6. Encourage other communities to participate in this network and support their efforts to advance local climate solutions.

We have an unmoderated list serve ( to share information and network. To join the Climate Smart Montana list serve, send an email to: with the following text in the Subject: subscribe climatesmartmontana YourFirstName YourLastName

For more information, contact Paul Lachapelle at


Meeting Information

Upcoming Meetings

Our next meeting is Thurs Jan. 6, 2022 at noon (MDT)

Past Meeting Recordings

December 2, 2021 Featuring Steve Thompson and several of his colleagues from the National Center for Appropriate Technology discuss “Implementing the Montana Climate Solutions Plan

November 4, 2021 Featuring Nate Bellinger, Senior Staff Attorney, Our Children's Trust, who will discuss the current Held v. State of Montana lawsuit.

October 7, 2021 Featuring, Kyla Maki, Energy Resource Professional with MT DEQ, "Planning for Electric Vehicles in Montana.” Specifically Kyla covers: state funding for charging stations and vehicles; coordination with neighboring states; federal EV corridor designations, focused on interstates/highways in Montana; planned private investments in EV stations in Montana; and fuel tax and regulatory issues.

September 2, 2021 Featuring Peter Reynolds, Chair of the Bitterroot Climate Action Group (BCAG) & BCAG colleagues, "Starting the Conversation: Building Climate Resiliency in a Rural Community.” Please review this information at: science-primer/ which was written by a panel of scientists and local experts in 2020 to serve as a basis for starting climate resilience planning.

August 5, 2021 Featuring Bonnie Rouse, Section Supervisor, Energy Efficiency & Compliance Assistance, MT DEQ ( Programs/code), Energy and Radon Code for New Construction: Implications for Enhancing Climate Resiliency and Improving Occupant Health.”

July 1, 2021 Featuring Amy Cilimburg from Climate Smart Missoula and Sarah Coefield, Missoula's Air Quality Specialist, impacts and ways to adapt to wildfire smoke.

June 3, 2021 Featuring Anne Hedges from MEIC , energy/climate-related laws passed from the most recent Montana legislative session.

May 6, 2021 Featuring: Carolyn Craven and Amy Rapp, “Great Falls Slaughterhouse Mega-Complex”

April 1, 2021 Featuring: Dr. Andrea Hamre, of the Western Transportation Institute and Vanessa Palmer of Streamline Bus

March 4, 2021 Featuring: Anne Hedges, MEIC

February 4, 2021 Featuring: Patrick Judge, Helena Sustainability Coordinator

January 7, 2021 Featuring: Karen Stears and Randy Hafer, Billings Energy & Conservation Commission

December 10, 2020 Featuring: Tom Woods

November 12, 2020 Featuring: Sen. Pat Flowers (SD32), Rep. Mary Ann Dunwell (HD84), and Rep. Christopher Pope (HD65)

October 8, 2020

September 10, 2020 Featuring: Steve Thompson, National Center for Appropriate Technology

August 6, 2020

July 9, 2020 Featuring: Tom Woods

June 4, 2020 Featuring: Constanza von der Pahlen and Adrian Leighton, Salish Kootenai College

May 7, 2020 Featuring: Tonya Graham, Geos Institute

April 2, 2020 Featuring: Michelle Archie, Harbinger Consulting

March 5, 2020 Featuring: Mary Sheehy Moe, City of Great Falls

February 6, 2020

January 9, 2020


Get names and contact information for participating individuals and organizations.


Montana Community Resiliency Plans

See the existing and proposed community resiliency plans in Montana, get the names and contact information for participating individuals and organizations, and learn more about the term 'community resiliency.'


Resources and Publications

The Relationship Between Urban Form and GHG Emissions: A Primer for Municipal Decision Makers

Vermont's Roadmap to Resilience

Colorado Resiliency Framework


Upcoming and Past Events

October 16, 2019: Institute on Ecosystems Rough Cut Science lecture "Creating Climate Resilient Communities"

October 3, 2019: Montana League of Cities and Towns 88th Annual Conference presentation "Creating Climate Resilient Communities"

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