BOZEMAN – The Bozeman Town Commission has taken a number of steps over the years to address climate change issues at the local level.
Earlier this fall, a Bozeman Climate Change Team was assembled to help develop a plan around certain goals and actions to build resilience to the impacts of climate change.
“We have developed a climate team,” said Bozeman Town Commissioner Terry Cunningham. “That’s 35 people. Many experts in their field. Community members. And it has a large percentage of high school students, college students, and people under 30.”
On Monday, members of the climate team will present a new draft vision statement, along with new goals.
The objectives identified today are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2025.
Another objective for the city: aim for 100% renewable energies in terms of electricity by 2030.
The city wants to be carbon neutral as a community by 2050.
âEach of these goals are really aggressive. And we have to be bold, we have to be thoughtful, but we have to deal with it, âCunningham said.
Commissioner Cunningham said part of the blame may lie with local utility providers.
âWe are as clean as our utility provider. We need to share our goals with them and we need to let them know that their decisions impact the citizens of Bozeman on a daily basis. “
The Town of Bozeman Commission said community input from public workshops held earlier this fall was used to develop the new vision statement that will be presented at Monday’s meeting.