Lewis and Clark County Sustainability Projects: Saving Energy and Money

There are over 30 million small businesses in the United States who collectively spend more than 60 billion dollars on heating, cooling, and lighting their work places every year. These businesses could see between a ten to thirty percent reduction in these costs by simply modifying behaviors and investing in energy upgrades. Continue reading

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It’s One Thing To Know Your Farmer. It’s Another Thing To Serve Your Farmer.

A farmer trudges through the last throes of hibernation like a plow through a frozen mat of soil.  It’s not the busiest part of his second year as an independent grower, but he’s getting a few things done to prepare … Continue reading

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Let’s Fix Montana’s Food Regulations!

Food safety regulations are some of the most important laws we have to protect public health and safety, but they can also be some of the most confusing aspects of running a successful local food business.  For a long time … Continue reading

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Helping Farmers Grow

There’s the workshop series called Planning for On-Farm Success, which will help beginning farmers like Liz get their footing – figuring out their goals and how to reach them, creating marketing plans, finding funding, and assessing and managing their risks. Another workshop series focuses on multifunctional farming, which helps more established farmers find new enterprises they can start to add value to their operations. Examples include adding a farm stand, a bed and breakfast, or a childrens’ day care. Both workshops aim to inspire farmers, share expertise, and help bring great ideas to life. For more information on the courses, visit www.MissoulaCFAC.org. Continue reading

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All I Ever Wanted Was 25 Chickens.

…I went to an AERO annual meeting. Andy Lee, the keynote speaker, introduced me to the idea of chicken tractors. Chicken tractors are small mobile coops. The birds become mini tractors, eating weeds and bugs, tilling and fertilizing the field in their mobile pens. I came home from AERO’s annual meeting ready to get SERIOUS about chickens. I had that gleam in my eye that my partner has come to recognize as me somehow roping him into work of epic proportions… Continue reading

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Renewable Energy Standard: A Good Deal for Montana

Since 2005, renewable energy projects built in Montana have generated over $1.3 billion dollars in capital investment, created hundreds of permanent jobs and produced enough clean energy to power about 250,000 homes. The renewable standard has been a catalyst behind this development. Nearly all of Montana’s renewable energy growth occurred after 2005—the year that the renewable standard passed. Continue reading

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Oil, Gas and a Changing Landscape

For 25 years I’ve worked with communities across the country to prevent and minimize oil and gas impacts. We’ve organized diverse coalitions to pass several precedent-setting laws and regulations. Hard-won regulations are a small piece of the puzzle in the constant and difficult fight to not only require, but achieve, mandatory best practices and real protections for people and air and water quality – - all in the face of a powerful and highly polluting industry. Continue reading

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