June 2016 update: The partnership is now called Climate Smart Glacier Country.
The second meeting of the Climate Solutions Task Force took place on Wednesday, April 6 in Whitefish. This was a productive meeting that resulted in adoption of a new name and creation of a steering committee and five working groups.
Glacier Climate Action has joined together with Glacier National Park, the City of Whitefish, Flathead Electric Coop and many individuals, businesses and organizations to initiate the Glacier Gateway Climate Solutions Partnership.
The group is exploring ways that individuals and communities in the North Flathead Valley, from Whitefish to Glacier National Park, can adapt to new challenges while reducing emissions of carbon pollution that are heating the planet. Meetings are open to anyone who shares an interest in understanding local impacts related to climate change and working collaboratively on local solutions.
The initial working groups include:
- Built Environment
- Community Self Reliance
- Sustainable Economic Development
- Education and Outreach
We established a steering committee to provide overall coordination. The steering committee represents each of the working groups and the two public-sector partners who have formally entered the partnership. It was generally agreed that seven is a good size for the steering committee to provide both representation and efficiency, although the committee could later be expanded.
Steering Committee members are:
- Pam Barberis (City of Whitefish)
- Eric Smith (Glacier National Park)
- Matt Folz (Sustainable Economic Development)
- Steve Thompson (Education and Outreach)
- Kate Igoe (Transportation)
- Karin Hilding (Built Environment)
- Robin Kelson (Community Self Reliance)
Click here for more details about the project and to get involved.
Glacier Climate Action is one of several sponsors of the climate solutions project and is posting information about the partnership on this website.