Missoula County is committed to addressing climate change. On March 14, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners established a goal of carbon neutrality for Missoula County government operations by 2035 with an intermediate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30% below 2016 levels by 2025.
As a next step, the county will convene a Climate Action Team composed of county staff from various departments to develop a Climate Action Plan to achieve these goals.
In August 2017, Missoula County completed its first Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for County Operations. The Inventory was authored by Energy Corps-AmeriCorps member Erika Barnett and advised by a Greenhouse Gas Technical Advisory Group of community experts convened by the county. In April 2018, additional utility data was included in the form of an addendum to the original Inventory. The addendum provides a more accurate estimation of buildings and facilities emissions but does not change the overall recommendations of the original report. The Inventory and addendum found that Missoula County operations emitted a total of 7,583 metric tons of CO2 equivalent in 2016, of which 46% came from county buildings and facilities, 27% from the vehicle fleet, 19% from employee commute, and 8% from water and wastewater treatment facilities. The Inventory is only the first step to reducing the county's contribution to climate change and will serve as a baseline for future climate action planning.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory for County Operations
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Addendum, April 2018
Summary presentation of Greenhouse Gas Inventory