Missoula County is committed to addressing climate change and building resiliency in our government operations and throughout our communities. According to the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment, average temperatures in Montana are expected to rise by 4.5-6.0°F by mid-century, resulting in a wide variety of impacts including reduced snowpack, earlier spring snowmelt, and more frequent and intense floods and wildfires. Missoula County addressed the threat of climate change in the 2016 Growth Policy, which includes the following goal:

“Missoula County seeks to reduce its contribution to climate change while promoting resiliency and adapting to its impact on the natural environment and communities.” (Goal 4, p. 2-8)



To achieve this goal, Missoula County is taking the following actions:

  • Leading a stakeholder-driven climate resiliency planning process, Climate Ready Missoula, in collaboration with Climate Smart Missoula and the City of Missoula
  • Also in partnership with Climate Smart Missoula and the City of Missoula, working to transition the Missoula urban area to 100% clean electricity
  •  Developing a Climate Action Plan to achieve our goal of carbon neutrality in county government operations by 2035
  • Making it easier for county residents and businesses to install solar energy systems
  • Investing in Missoula Electric Cooperative’s community solar projects