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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 City Council approved the Whitefish 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

UPDATE 3/17/20: Per Ordinance 20-04, all Committee meetings are cancelled until April 30, 2020.

 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.

City Council Member: Melissa Hartman

City Staff Members: Jen Sybrant, Joe Page, Karin Hilding, Hilary Lindh (Chair)

Members at large: Casey Lewis, Ryder Delaloye, Sierra McCartney, Kate McMahon (Vice-Chair)

CAP Standing Committee Meetings take place at 5:30 pm on the third Wednesday of every month at Whitefish City Hall. All meetings are open to the public.

The March 2020 and April 2020 meetings have been cancelled - please check back here for updates as they become available.


Date Agendas  Minutes
January 16, 2019
February 20, 2019
March 20, 2019
April 17, 2019
June 26, 2019
July 17, 2019
September 18, 2019
October 16, 2019  
November 20, 2019  
December 18, 2019
January 15, 2020    
February 19, 2020  
March 18, 2020 CANCELLED  


Whitefish in the News:  How We Respond

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) launched the How We Respond project in 2019. This project includes a report and multimedia stories that highlight the ways U.S. communities are actively and effectively responding to climate change, in particular at the local, state and regional levels, and the critical role of science and scientists in their response.  How We Respond profiles 18 communities that are using scientific information to adapt to climate change impacts and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Whitefish is one of those 18 communitiesWatch a video about how Whitefish is responding to climate change and reducing emissions.


NEW: Click on image below to view brochure

More Useful Links on Home Energy Efficiency:


Click on the image below to see the full-size Watershed Management poster

Many Ways to Keep Trash Out of Landfills


1. Curb-side recycling:

Republic Services provides curb-side recycling in Whitefish.  Contact 406-862-4381.  The recycling materials of aluminum, #1 and #2 plastics, newspapers, and magazines can all be recycled in this curb-side service.

2. Drop off recycling:  

The City's central drop off location is at the northwest corner of Columbia Avenue & Railway Street. There are separate bins for 1) plastic bottles and jugs, tin and aluminum cans, 2) flattened cardboard and paperboard, and 3) office paper, newspaper, and mail.

PAPER: One bin is for newspapers and inserts, magazines, brochures, office paper, junk mail, envelopes. No brown paper, no mixed packing materials, no plastic bags.

METAL and PLASTIC: One bin is for aluminum cans, tin cans, plastic #1 and #2 bottles and jugs only - please remove all lids. VERY IMPORTANT: NO plastic bags of any kind (not even #2 bags), NO plastic clam shells (ie., berry or tomato containers, plastic egg cartons), NO small items - they get tangled or stuck in the sorting machines. See poster above.

CARDBOARD: One bin is for corrugated cardboard, paper board such as cereal boxes, paper egg cartons, and brown paper bags. VERY IMPORTANT: NO waxed cardboard and NO pizza boxes, as they gum up the machinery.  Thank you.

GLASS Recycling - Flathead Recon offers periodic glass recycling events in partnership with local non-profit groups. Check the website for drop-off location and dates. Next event will be in Spring 2020.

The Recycle Brochure (some outdated information) provides a list of public recycling drop-off locations, information about curbside pickup and what is recyclable, and where to recycle hazardous materials like batteries and light bulbs.

3. Fix and Reuse:

The Fix-It Brochure provides a list of local repair-people for upholstery, appliances, musical instruments and tools. It also includes a list of online DIY repair guides.

4. Compost

Food and yard waste can take up as much as 30% of your trash bin, but less than 1% of garbage in Montana is currently composted. By starting to compost at home, you can greatly reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill while creating a nutrient-rich additive that will improve the health of your yard, garden, plants, and trees without the need for chemical fertilizers. 

Starting an at-home compost pile is simple! Those interested in seeing demonstration compost sites in-person can visit the WasteNot Compost Demonstration Garden at the Flathead Valley Community College Campus. For online resources and information, check out this link

The City of Whitefish is considering a composting pilot program in which there could be a central drop-off location for residential compost. Results of a community survey indicate there is interest in participating in such a program. The facility will require bear-proof fencing based on direction from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the City is working to accomplish this.

In the meantime, you can subscribe to Dirt Rich Compost for residential and commercial compost pick-up services.

5. Refill and Reuse

Climate Smart Glacier Country and the City of Whitefish are partnering to support the use of reusable water bottles through an initiative called Refill Not Landfill. To see the locations where you can refill your reusable water bottle in Whitefish, Kalispell, Columbia Falls, and Glacier National Park, visit this link or see the flyer below. Keep plastic out of our landfills and stay hydrated this summer!


Whitefish Receives SolSmart Bronze Award

Mayor John Muhlfeld

On September 17, 2018 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.

 For more information about the SolSmart program, visit

Interested in beginning your own solar project? Check out these local solar installers:

Jordan Solar:

Northstone Solar:

(406) 250-2515

Aeon Renewable Energy:

(406) 250-7853

Thirsty Lake Solar:

In March 2018, a community workshop was held to learn what it takes to go solar in the Flathead. The full workshop presentation can be viewed and downloaded HERE.

Whitefish Green Homes Tour

On October 13, 2018 the City of Whitefish partnered with Climate Smart Glacier Country to host the 2018 Green Homes Tour.  For more information about the event, click here to watch the video.

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

A total of four charging stations are available in the parking garage; two are located in the covered lease spaces and two in the uncovered lease spaces. You must purchase a lease space to use the charging stations Monday-Friday between 8am and 6pm. Outside of those hours and all day on weekends the stations are available to the general public at no charge.