Bozeman, Montana

Bozeman, Montana has the first silver-rated LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) public building in the state of Montana with its library.

The city of Bozeman is focusing on increasing climate mitigation efforts as well as educating and involving the community in the process.

  • In 2006, the City Commission of Bozeman signed the U.S. Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement (MCPA), an initiative that aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As of 2011, it has been signed by more than 1,000 mayors across the United States.
  • In 2007, a temporary municipal task force was appointed in order to complete a greenhouse gas emissions inventory as well as developping recommendations to help the city reduce overall emissions in government emissions.
  • In 2008, the city adopted the Municipal Climate Action Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% below 2000 level by 2020.
  • In March 2011, the city of Bozeman adopted specific projects and goals within its Community Climate Action Plan which focuses on adopting different climate mitigations strategies. The main goals are:

                        → To reduce emissions to 10 metric tons per capita not to exceed 695,000 metrics tons by 2020.

                        → To reduce emissions to 10 percent below 2008 levels by 2025 to 472,000 metrics tons 

 

 The Community Climate Action Plan contains around 18 projects to be developed in the year 2012.

Resources

City of Bozeman - Official Website

Bozeman Community Climate Action Plan 2011

U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement

Bozeman Municipal Climate Protection Plan

Some notable plans include:

  • Setting-up an anti-idling education campaign
  • Adopting a plastic bag ordinance
  • Promote recycling
  • Installing LED-lights in a residential area
  • Adopting a residential and commercial energy conservation ordinance