Bozeman mayor signs climate change pledge


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Bozeman Mayor Carson Taylor joined over 200 mayors across the country this week in signing a pledge to continue work to reduce the country's carbon emissions following the United States' exit from the Paris Climate Accord.

Although Taylor recently signed the pledge, he said plans to reduce Bozeman's carbon footprint have been in place for several years. The Community Climate Action Plan aims to cut the city's carbon emissions 10 percent below 2008 levels by 2025.

The city is now working on a solar energy pilot project, along with NorthWestern Energy and students at Montana State University, Taylor said. The power company has donated solar panels, and MSU students will conduct research.

"That kind of an idea might be traded with other cities, and then I'm sure they're doing many things we haven't even thought of," Taylor said. "My hope is that in the trade of ideas we'll be able to make greater strides to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions."

Taylor told NBC Montana he has not spoken about the pledge with other Montana mayors or Gov. Steve Bullock, but said if the governor were to call he would be more than willing to speak with him.