Climate Action Plan

After hundreds of hours of research, consultations with local and regional experts, countless meetings, and Herculean efforts by a committee of volunteers, the Whitefish Climate Action Plan is NOW COMPLETE

The Whitefish City Council approved the Climate Action Plan following a public hearing on April 16, 2018 - thanks to everyone who contributed to the effort! 

The Climate Action Plan establishes a foundation for Whitefish to strengthen local resilience to future climate change impacts and to make the transition to a clean energy economy.

The Climate Action Plan At-A-Glance can be downloaded here.

The full Climate Action Plan can be downloaded here.

Appendix A: Council Resolutions & Mayor's Proclamation

Appendix B: Public Participation

Appendix C: Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Appendix D: Haskill Basin Carbon Storage

Climate Action Plan Standing Committee

 The Whitefish City Council established a Climate Action Plan Standing Committee on October 1, 2018 through Ordinance 18-32. A committee of 1 City Council member, 4 City Staff members, and 4 members at large was appointed by Mayor John Muhlfeld in December.

The City Council resolution directs the Committee to:

Assist in the implementation of the Whitefish Climate Action Plan by establishing a working timeline for implementation, recommending actions and budget priorities to the City Council or City management, tracking progress towards the Plan's goals, updating the greenhouse gas inventory, and updating the plan. 

Chairperson: Hilary Lindh

Vice-Chairperson: Kate McMahon

Secretary: Sophia Valenzuela

City Council Member: Melissa Hartman

City Staff Members: Jen Sybrant, Joe Page, Karin Hilding

Members at large: Casey Lewis, Ryder Delaloye, Sierra McCartney

CAP Standing Committee Meetings take place on the third Wednesday of every month at Whitefish City Hall. All meetings are open to the public.



January 16, 2019 Agenda

February 20, 2019 Agenda

March 20, 2019 Agenda

April 17, 2019 Agenda

May 15, 2019 Agenda

June 19, 2019 Agenda

July 17, 2019 Agenda

August 21, 2019 Agenda


Meeting Minutes

January 16, 2019 Meeting Minutes

February 20, 2019 Meeting Minutes

March 20, 2019 Meeting Minutes

April 17, 2019 Meeting Minutes

May 15, 2019 Meeting Minutes

June 19, 2019 Meeting Minutes

July 17, 2019 Meeting Minutes

August 21, 2019 Meeting Minutes


Keep Trash Out of Landfills with These Simple Steps

The local nonprofit Citizens for a Better Flathead has partnered with the City of Whitefish to provide information about recycling and fixing old and used materials to reduce the amount of trash filling up Montana landfills.

The Recycle Brochure provides a list of public recycling drop-off locations, information about curbside pickup and what is recyclable, and where to recycle unusual materials like batteries or lightbulbs.

The Fix-It Brochure provides a list of local repair-people, from upholsterers to appliances repairers to musical instrument and tool repair. It also includes a list of online DIY repair guides.

Wildfire in the City Community Forum Helps Residents Learn About Fire Safety

On November 14, Flathead Valley residents gathered at Whitefish City Hall to hear from fire experts on the dangers of living at the urban-wildland interface and what individuals can do to protect their homes from wildfire. Speakers included Joe Page, Whitefish Fire Chief, Jeff Mow, Glacier National Park Superintendent, Rick Trembath, retired Bigfork Fire Chief and fire historian, Ed Lieser, Fire Behavior Specialist, Richard Hildner, former Smoke Jumper and Fire Behavior Analyst and current Whitefish City Councilor, and Bambi Goodman from the Whitefish Area Fire Safe Council.

Extreme fire danger is the new norm for summers in Glacier Country. The recent fires in California have proven the risk of living in communities unprepared for fire, as we do here in Montana. Wildfire is no longer restricted to rural, forested areas like Glacier National Park—instead, it has razed thousands of homes in urban areas across the West. Properly preparing can go a long way towards lessening the severity of a blaze and interested Whitefish residents can visit the link on our home page to learn more about fire safety and access fire resources courtesy of the Whitefish Fire Department. For a recording of the forum, see below. The event was organized by Climate Smart Glacier Country and sponsored by the City of Whitefish and Firesafe Flathead.

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Whitefish Receives SolSmart Bronze Award

Mayor John Muhlfeld

On September 17, the City of Whitefish earned a SolSmart Bronze award, in recognition of the city’s achievements in encouraging the growth of solar in our community.

SolSmart is a national program that recognizes cities, counties, and small towns for making it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar. It’s led by the Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Technologies Office. By winning this award, Whitefish joins over 200 local governments that have achieved SolSmart designation since the program launched in 2016.

The City created an online permitting checklist, increasing transparency for community members and solar installers. And city engineers reviewed local zoning codes and identified restrictions that intentionally or unintentionally prohibit solar PV development. Both projects were undertaken to reduce the cost to installers and pass on those savings to consumers to allow more local homes and businesses to obtain affordable, clean, and reliable electricity. Whitefish partnered with the Montana Renewable Energy Association, a Montana-based nonprofit acting as Montana’s statewide SolSmart Advisor, to achieve the designation. For more information about the SolSmart program, visit

Whitefish Green Homes Tour

On October 13, the City of Whitefish partnered with Climate Smart Glacier Country to host the 2018 Green Homes Tour. The tour took over 90 participants to three different houses built using the principles of zero-waste, energy efficiency, and alternative energy. The first was a house built by Yvonne May and Jake Christiansen and featured cross-laminated timber coupled with wood fiber insulation, triple-paned windows, and other energy efficient features. The second was built by Mark Van Everen and Bridgewater Builders, and featured a state-of-the-art heat recovery ventilation system to recover 80% of the heat used to warm the house, as well as cellulose insulation to minimize heat loss. The third was built by Richard Cohen with a focus on zero-waste living, and thus featured a composting toilet, solar thermal heating, and greywater irrigation for greenhouse plants. All three of these homes provided different examples of what it means to live green, and allowed the community to learn more about the importance of building with energy efficiency in mind. For more information about the event, see the video below.

Flathead Electric Coop Vehicle takes advantage of FREE charging station at the Whitefish Parking Structure!

 Go Solar! Packed house attends community workshop

An enthusiast crowd packed Whitefish City Hall on 3/7/2018 to learn what it takes to go solar in the Flathead. They met with local solar installers, financial and policy experts, and representatives of Flathead Electric Cooperative.  The full workshop presentation can be viewed and downloaded HERE.