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Bozeman is working to develop a climate plan and is seeking residents interested in advising the city on the project.

The Bozeman Climate Team will craft goals and initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changing climate. The team will have about 25 people, including one member younger than 18. The city has also reached out to Montana State University for help incorporating younger voices and is looking for residents with expertise in areas including transportation, energy policy and building.

“Our goal is that this climate plan isn’t just the city’s plan but is the community’s plan,” said sustainability program manager Natalie Meyer.

Applications for the Bozeman Climate Team are available on the city website and are due Sunday.

The city has been working to address climate change for more than a decade and has a handful of climate planning documents. The climate team will review, update and combine these documents into a single Bozeman Climate Plan that emphasizes strategies for climate resilience.

The climate team will also help determine how Bozeman can comply with the Paris climate accord, which the city endorsed in 2017. The plan set the goal of limiting the rise in global average temperature to a maximum of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. Adhering to the Paris agreement will likely require more aggressive targets than are outlined in existing plans, Meyer said.

“It’s been eight years since the last community plan … and our understanding of climate change has developed and technology has evolved and the sense of urgency in our community to address climate change has grown,” she said.

The team will hold three workshops over the next year and will meet in smaller groups, which will focus on specific areas of the climate plan, such as waste and green space.

They will also receive public feedback through a survey that will soon be available on the city website and through two public forums, the first of which is Oct. 23, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the Story Mill Community Center. Information about the project and opportunities for public participation can be found at www.bozeman.net/climateplan.

The Bozeman Climate Team will present a draft plan to the city commission in December. It will then release a draft for public review in February.

In July, the team will submit a final plan to the city commission for adoption.

Perrin Stein can be reached at 406-582-2648 or at pstein@dailychronicle.com. Follow her on Twitter @PerrinStein.

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