Missoula, Mont. – At a joint meeting today, the Missoula City Council and County Commission voted unanimously to commit to powering the city and county with 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. The city council is scheduled to formally adopt the resolution at its next meeting on April 8.
Missoula joins a rapidly growing movement of cities and states across the country recognizing the urgency of climate change and making bold commitments to clean, renewable energy.
Skye Borden, state director of Environment Montana, issued the following statement:
“Montanans need ambitious goals that match the scale of the environmental challenges our nation faces. With this commitment, Missoula joins over 100 communities nationwide in setting bold commitments to clean, renewable energy.
“The bottom line is that we can and must transform the ways we produce and consume energy. That transformation starts with a commitment to leaving fossil fuels behind, and instead powering every aspect of our lives with clean, renewable energy. We know that these goals are within reach, but will require leadership from governments and institutions at every level.
“Missoula’s bold commitment sets a strong example for Montana cities to take advantage of the state’s plentiful wind and solar energy opportunities. Communities across Montana and America are ready for a swift and steady shift to clean, renewable energy.”
Borden also spoke at the hearing today. Her prepared remarks can be found here: https://environmentmontana.org/blogs/blog/mte/missoulas-resolution-provides-ripple-hope
Environment Montana is is a statewide, citizen-funded advocacy group that works to protect the air, water, and open spaces in America's last best place. Our Missoula-based staff focuses on timely, targeted action that wins tangible improvements in the quality of our environment and our lives.