Missoula County is committed to addressing climate change and building resiliency in our government operations and throughout our communities. According to the 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 advance this goal, the Missoula County Sustainability Program is pursuing the following initiatives.
1) 100% Clean Electricity
In April 2019, Missoula County and the City of Missoula jointly adopted a goal of 100% clean electricity for the Missoula urban area by 2030. Click here for more information on this initiative.
2) Carbon Neutrality in County Government Operations
In March 2019, Missoula County established a goal of carbon neutrality in county government operations by 2035. Click here for more information on this initiative.
3) Climate Ready Missoula
Missoula County, jointly with Climate Smart Missoula and the City of Missoula, led a two-year stakeholder driven process to develop a plan to prepare and adapt to the local impacts of climate change. The resulting Climate Ready Missoula Plan was adopted as an issue plan of the Missoula County Growth Policy in May 2020. Click here for more information on this initiative.
Also, check out these resources for Missoula County residents interested in solar energy.