Our mitigation efforts go hand in hand with our resiliency work.
An easy way to remember it is:
Mitigation avoids the unmanageable, and resiliency manages the unavoidable.
We lead and participate in several mitigation efforts in our community. They are best summarized into two categories: increasing clean electricity supply and reducing demand for fossil fuels; please visit the associated links and pages to learn more. And if you are looking for our carbon offset Footprint Fund head here: missoulafootprintfund.org
Increasing Clean Electricity Supply and Options
Increasing the amount of clean electricity on our grid and produced in our community is one component of our mitigation work.
Reducing Demand for Fossil Fuels
In addition to increasing clean electricity supply, we also have to change the way we use energy and reduce our demand for fossil fuels. We have been leading many efforts to do so, touching on a diversity of sectors, such as:
Planning, Funding, and Measuring
All of this work has been the result of careful planning efforts. It will require the continued measurement of progress and development of innovative financing tools in order to be successful. We led the 2015 Climate Smart Community Action Plan, co-authored the 2017 Community Emissions Inventory, and have begun developing financing tools to assist this work. Our work is also informed by the 2019 Community Emissions Inventory conducted by the City of Missoula (this report was completed in 2022 using 2019 calendar-year data).