Montana Wildlife Federation
The Montana Wildlife Federation is Montana’s oldest, largest and most effective conservation organization. Since 1936, we’ve led efforts to protect Montana’s abundant fish and wildlife, our natural lands and waters, and public access for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.
Over the years, MWF has secured some of the Treasure State’s most important conservation victories, including the best stream access law in the West, a ban on confined wildlife farms, and protection of some of Montana’s most important wild lands.
Park County, MT and the City of Livingston
Livingston is a town and the county seat of Park County, Montana. Livingston is located in southwestern Montana, on the Yellowstone River, north of Yellowstone National Park.
The founding of the small historical railroad and ranching town of Livingston, Montana is a direct result of the Northern Pacific Railway (NPR). The NPR operated a branch line running some fifty miles south through Paradise Valley to, first the Cinnabar station and later to Gardiner, Montana. Livingston and Park County are in transition. Traditional industries such as agriculture and railroad maintenance have given way to tourism, residential development, outdoor activities and cultural events. Through community and administrative support, Livingston and Park County have made progress in their recycling, active transportation and conservation programs and want to do more.
The University of Montana and St. Patrick’s Hospital
The University of Montana and St. Patrick’s Hospital are two separate Missoula entities that collaborate and support each other’s sustainability efforts. The University of Montana’s Office of Sustainability, housed within the division of Administration and Finance, is tasked with facilitating and tracking campus-wide sustainability efforts and seeks to weave social, environmental, and economic sustainability throughout students’ educational experiences, research initiatives, and campus culture. St. Patrick Hospital’s sustainability program “Green4Good” focuses on energy conservation, waste reduction, avoidance of toxic chemicals, and employee engagement/education.
The Clark Fork Coalition
Since 1985 the Clark Fork Coalition has worked to help heal and protect the vital waters of the Clark Fork basin. We organize and educate community members to learn about and care for the river, helping to make our waterways clean, healthy, and whole again. Our work is conducted by a staff of 13 people based in Missoula, Montana, with a satellite office at the CFC-managed working ranch in the Deer Lodge Valley. Our board of directors supplies guidance, governance, and oversight, with membership support delivered by 2,700 citizens from across the 14-million acre Clark Fork basin. We build diverse partnerships using a science-based, community-focused approach.
Home ReSource is a building materials reuse center in Missoula that is committed to reducing waste and building a vibrant and sustainable local economy. As a triple-bottom-line nonprofit business, we bring environmental, social, and economic benefits to the community through its retail store and deconstruction services as well as our community sustainability programs. Those programs provide educational activities, community Zero Waste support, job skills training, and volunteer opportunities to community members and material donations to schools, churches, and organizations.
Climate Smart Missoula
Climate Smart Missoula acts as a hub to ensure that the community is planning and acting on climate change. It is a group of dedicated leaders working to implement and support real-time projects that make measurable differences for a one-of-a-kind community and landscape. It strives to measure, understand, and communicate greenhouse gas emissions for the Missoula area, with a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, connect and support groups working on climate mitigation and adaptation, prepare and respond to climate challenges by focusing on social equity and health, economic, and environmental vitality, initiate strategic projects and actions that reduce our carbon footprint, build resiliency, and inspire further action, and help build and sustain a healthy community, able to adapt and respond to climate related challenges with hope, kindness, and innovation.
City of Missoula The City of Missoula has a long history of conservation and climate action-related commitments, planning and work. Energy conservation and climate action activities maintain progress in the City’s commitment to the triple bottom line: People, Planet, Prosperity. The City of Missoula’s energy conservation and climate action goals include; reduction of energy and fuel consumption, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, reduction of building operating costs, promoting public and environmental health, promoting green jobs and green economy, providing community leadership by example, and partnering with others to enhance opportunities for community-wide energy conservation and climate resiliency planning.
National Wildlife Federation
The National Wildlife Federation, America’s oldest and largest conservation organization, works across the country to unite Americans from all walks of life in giving wildlife a voice. We’ve been on the front lines for wildlife since 1936, fighting for the conservation values that are woven into the fabric of our nation’s collective heritage. We believe America’s experience with cherished landscapes and wildlife has helped define and shape our national character and identity for generations. Protecting these natural resources is a cause that has long united Americans from all walks of life and political stripes. To hunters, anglers, hikers, birders, wildlife watchers, boaters, climbers, campers, cyclists, gardeners, farmers, forest stewards, and other outdoor enthusiasts, this conservation ethic represents a sacred duty and obligation to protect and build upon our conservation heritage for the sake of wildlife, ourselves, our neighbors, and—most of all—for future generations.
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 droughts 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.”
Beaverhead County Solid Waste Management
The Beaverhead County Solid Waste Department maintains the Beaverhead County Landfill as well as the container sites in Glen, Wise River, Wisdom, Jackson, Polaris, Dell, and Grant. The Solid Waste Department also administers a recycling program that partners with several recycling companies for the collection of recyclable goods in Beaverhead County.
The Beaverhead County Solid Waste department partners with several outside agencies to aid in local recycling efforts. Recycling is important, and Beaverhead County is committed to doing their part in reducing waste in the landfill. Recycling helps reduce greenhouse gases and also extends the life of the landfill for items that cannot be recycled or composted.
Department of Environmental Quality
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is charged with protecting a clean and healthy environment as guaranteed to our citizens by our State Constitution. Our ultimate goal is to protect public health and to maintain Montana’s high quality of life for current and future generations.
Opportunity Link, Inc.
Opportunity Link is a regional nonprofit agency committed to finding systemic ways to reduce poverty and help the communities of Northcentral Montana achieve independence, prosperity, and a better way of life.
Montana State University Northern Advanced Fuels Center
The Advanced Fuels Center was established in September of 2006 under the name of Bio-Energy Innovation and Testing Center. It started as a small operation meant to test and certify petroleum and bio-based fuels as well as foster growth in the bio-energy business sector. Since then, the Center has undergone several name changes as well as shifted its focus from biodiesel to bio-based fuel additives and materials. The Center still tests and certifies fuels through our ASTM Bio-Diesel Certification Lab and does engine emissions testing, but it also focuses heavily on the development of bio-based products grown at home in the state of Montana.
Red Lodge, Montana
City of Red Lodge
The City of Red Lodge is currently in the process of writing an Energy Conservation Plan that will serve as a road map for measuring and reducing the City’s energy use, energy costs, and greenhouse gas emissions. It will set reduction goals and identify strategies for reaching them. The Plan will be formed around the City of Red Lodge Baseline Assessment, which is an energy use, cost, and greenhouse gas emissions inventory of City government operations.
City of Whitefish
The Whitefish City Council has unanimously agreed to initiate a climate action plan and has appointed two councilors and a staff member to represent the city in the new partnership titled Climate Smart Glacier Country. Other partners include Glacier National Park, Flathead Electric Cooperative, Whitefish School District, and many individuals, organizations and businesses.
LIEAP Outreach Coordinator
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) pays part of winter energy bills for eligible people. Most utilities offer LIEAP recipients discounts on their bills. The Weatherization Program helps participants to improve the heating efficiency of their homes and thus reduce their energy consumption.
NCAT Energy Services
Our Energy Services program assesses businesses, schools, hospitals, universities, and government buildings to facilitate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Since the program’s inception, we have helped save more than 53,899 megawatt hours of electricity: that is equivalent to keeping 254 rail cars of coal out of production every year.
NCAT SIFT Farm
SIFT was created to help every community increase their food security by producing their own healthy food. SIFT, with NCAT, is developing a working, sustainably managed, demonstration farm on five acres at our Butte, Montana, headquarters. This farm will serve as the backdrop for an intensive, hands-on training program that will teach farmers and future farmers, urban food producers, community leaders, and citizens how to commercially produce high-value, nutrient-rich food on small parcels of land.
NCAT Armed to Farm
Armed to Farm is Sustainable Agriculture Training for Military Veterans. NCAT has been involved in targeted veteran outreach and assistance since 2010. NCAT agriculture specialists have hosted and been involved in at least 17 veteran focused trainings, reaching over 800 veterans across the US. The goals of Armed to Farm are; to train veterans and their partners to operate sustainable crop and livestock enterprises, to create a network of veterans and their families who are starting careers in sustainable agriculture, and to provide technical assistance to participants as they start and improve their farming operations.
Butte-Silver Bow County
The function of the Butte-Silver Bow Government is to serve the citizens of the City of Butte and Silver Bow County. Our government’s goal is to improve and maintain governmental operations and conditions within the boundaries of Silver Bow County.
West Glacier, Montana
Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center(CCRLC)
The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center (CCRLC) is dedicated to making parks more accessible to researchers and research results more accessible to staff, managers, and visitors. The CCRLC represents three national park units in our region as well as Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. We are also fortunate to work with a variety of partners to increase research and science literacy in the Crown of the Continent. Visit our Parks & Partner page to learn more about these groups. The mission of the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center is to promote research and scientific understanding within the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. Our focus includes research assistance, sharing scientific research and education opportunities.