Missoula Community Climate Smart Action Plan v1.0

The City of Missoula, Montana and Climate Smart Missoula developed this plan as a guide for climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for the community of Missoula. Expanding beyond the municipal strategies in the City’s Climate Action Plan, this “climate smart” plan outlines visions, goals, and specific activities to better and more equitably involve the entire community in climate change solutions. 

Developed out of a series of cross-sector community conversations and summits, the plan seeks to addresses the top climate-related risks to the area, such as wildfire, decreased snowpack, increased flooding, and economic impacts from climate change, among others, as identified in the ClimateWise plan - Missoula County Climate Action: Creating a Resilient and Sustainable CommunityMitigation and adaptation strategies are organized into 12 focal areas, referred to as “Buckets” including: 

  • Education and Outreach
  • Green Building, Energy Efficiency and Conservation
  • Healthy, Thriving Community
  • Inventory and Metrics
  • Local Food and Agriculture
  • Renewable Energy
  • Smart Growth
  • Sustainable Economic Development
  • Transportation
  • Urban and Wildland Forests and Open Lands
  • Water Conservation and Protection
  • Zero Waste 

The plan offers a brief background along with community vision, goals, key strategies, and potential partner organizations for each focal area. Each strategy is further detailed with a goal, specific activities, metrics and timetable.  

Examples of adaptation activities in the plan from across sectors include to:

  • Initiate a “Cool Roofs” project in which living roofs or reflective colored roofs are incentivized or required. 
  • Launch a Wildfire Summer-Smart and Heat Initiative.
  • Engage with the City-County Health Department and other health related agencies to include health impacts of climate change in the annual Health Impacts Assessment.
  • Identify barriers to addressing climate and equity in business.
  • Identify funding, education, and project opportunities to enhance our urban forest.
  • Educate and support sustainable forestry that builds resilient habitats and watersheds, with priority in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI).
  • Strengthen riparian/stream/wetland protection in local ordinances and regulations where feasible.
  • Explore use of FEMA funding/easements to buy out flood-prone homes (e.g., Tower St.) and restore floodplain function.


Publication Date: July 2015

Related Organizations:

  • Climate Smart Missoula
  • City of Missoula, Montana


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  • Adaptation plan
  • Plans (other)

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