Hello there! For the majority of you who don’t know me, I’m Hailey Jorgensen (read my short bio here) and I will be spending the next year working on all the amazing initiatives here at Climate Smart Missoula as the new Energy Corps Service Member.
I first moved to Missoula from Seattle six years ago to start my undergrad at the University of Montana. I couldn’t tell you exactly what made me want to move to Montana other than the way my grandma’s face light up every time she told me about Missoula. Back in 1957, my grandpa was a professor at the University and the lone faculty member of the newly formed Radio-TV department. They didn’t stay long, but something about this place stuck with her, as it has with me.
After graduating from the University in 2014, and living in Oregon for a few years I couldn’t be happier to be back. I am even more excited to be apart of Climate Smart Missoula’s efforts! One of the more integral parts of climate action is having meaningful conversations and making connections with people in your community. Climate Smart has continually worked to provide space for these types of conversations from the Monthly Meetups this past year to our upcoming Health and Climate Summit next week.
I am also super excited to be helping with the second round of Solarize Missoula, a partnership with several organizations, to help Missoulians simplify the process of adding solar to their homes.
Part of what I love about Missoula, and Montana as a whole, is that people seem to genuinely care what happens to the natural world around them. I am continuously inspired by all the different events and initiatives taking place in Missoula with the goal of bettering the community we live in. This next year will be an amazing roller coaster and I can’t wait to work with each and every one of you to help make Missoula climate smart!