Mar 29, 2011 12:07 AM by Dan Boyce
The Bozeman City Commission passed a Community Climate Action Plan Monday night.
A volunteer task force prepared the plan over the last 15 months. It lays out 39 suggestions for reducing Bozeman's climate footprint. These range anywhere from hiring a new city sustainability coordinator to allowing citizens to opt out of receiving phone books.
Commissioners said passing the plan does not mean these suggestions will be put into place right away.
"We are going to take baby steps with each of these recommendations in a very public manner," Deputy Mayor Sean Becker said.
"If we want this place to prosper, then sustainability is the answer and this is a step in that direction," Commissioner Cindy Andrus said.
Mayor Jeff Krauss was the only commissioner to vote against the Climate Plan. He said he has issues with the cost and feels parts of the plan intrude upon personal freedoms. But Krauss also noted he does believe in climate change and humankind's role in causing it.