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 nearing completion!  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.

With the public comment period now over, final revisions to the plan will be completed by the Climate Action Plan Committee on March 28. The plan and committee recommendations will be presented to the Whitefish City Council during a work session on Monday, April 2, and Council will hold a public hearing on April 16 to consider a resolution for approval.

The Committee’s goal is to celebrate the final, approved plan at the April 21 Earth Day Celebration, which will be held at the Whitefish School District’s new Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship. 

The Climate Action Plan will be presented to the City Council for approval during the Public Hearing on April 16, 2018.

The 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


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.



General Information about the Climate Action Plan & Committee

The Whitefish City Council established a Climate Action Planning Committee on December 5, 2016 through Resolution 16-64. A committee of 10 people and 2 City staff members was appointed by Mayor John Muhlfeld in January.

The City Council resolution directs the Committee to:

Work with City Staff and the Climate Smart Glacier Country partnership to evaluate the City’s energy use and propose specific projects, benchmarks and other recommendations to conserve energy in the City.  The Committee may also propose actions to enhance community resilience and prepare for the effects of climate change.



The committee is developing climate action strategies in five chapters:

  • Buildings and Energy 
  • Water & Wastewater
  • Transportation & Land Use
  • Forests and Watersheds
  • Consumption & Waste 

In order to highlight the city's partnership with the schools, Whitefish School District will also have a chapter that showcases their ongoing efforts to advance sustainability.

All meetings are open to the public.



Climate Action Plan Committee Meeting Minutes

February 7, 2017 Meeting Minutes

February 28, 2017 Meeting Minutes

March 21, 2017 Meeting Minutes

April 4, 2017 Meeting Minutes

May 2, 2017 Meeting Minutes

May 16, 2017 Meeting Minutes
May 31, 2017 Meeting Minutes
June 28, 2017 Meeting Minutes

July 18, 2017 Meeting Minutes

August 30, 2017 Meeting Minutes

September 27, 2017 Meeting Minutes

October 11, 2017 Meeting Minutes

October 24, 2017 Meeting Minutes

November 14, 2017 Meeting Minutes

December 5, 2017 Meeting Minutes

January 2, 2018 Meeting Minutes 



LED Lighting

One of the recommendations of the DRAFT Climate Action Plan involves the conversion of the City's street lighting system to LED bulbs.  This concept was presented to the City Council at a work session on 2/5/2018.  Click here to see the presentation.  

Click HERE to see a map of the proposed LED Upgrade area