Panel discussions will be led by a moderator asking panelists topic specific questions. Panelists will be experts in the subject matter. Audience questions will be taken through written questions. Each panel is planned to last 45 minutes.
1. Preserving Montana’s Natural Beauty: Conservation and Climate: Explore how a changing climate threatens the state’s natural resources, which are crucial for tourism and outdoor recreation activities like downhill skiing, fishing, hunting, and hiking.
2. Sustainable Agriculture: Securing Our Food Supply: Discussion on potential innovations in agricultural practices making them more sustainable to ensure food security and realize more economic benefits.
3. Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy in Montana: Discussion on how investing in renewable sources like wind and solar can create jobs and contribute to the local economy.
4. Local Success Stories: Businesses Leading the Way in Sustainability: Highlight local businesses that have successfully implemented sustainable practices without sacrificing profitability.
5. Building Resilient Communities: Preparing for Extreme Weather Events: Discussion on how local communities can prepare for and adapt to extreme weather events exacerbated by the changing climate. The discussion will focus on practical solutions, potential impacts on health and how to address those impacts.
6. Youth Roundtable: The Next Generation Speaks: Local youth will discuss their concerns and hopes for the future, encouraging an intergenerational dialogue.
Twelve, 45 minute educational workshops are planned.
1. Electrify Your Life: Financial and Environmental Sense: This workshop will discuss the cost savings and benefits of transitioning to an electrified life. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and State of Montana benefits available to individuals and businesses will be discussed.
2. En-ROADS Simulator: Explore the Effectiveness of Various Climate Solutions: This workshop uses a Systems Dynamics simulator developed by Climate Interactive and the M.I.T. Sloan Schooll of Business. The simulator allows the real-time exploration of various climate solutions on the economy, energy and many other areas of interest.
3.Electrification for Non-profits: This workshop explains how non-profits can access funding available through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
4. Financing: How to Pay for Electrification: This workshop will discuss options available through local bank(s) and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to fund electrification of your home or business.
5. Hybrids, Battery Electric Cars, Heat Pumpsand Solar Panels: Tips on Buying: This workshop will provided real-world experience from owners and local contractors on the ins and outs of owning and purchasing these items.
6 thru 12: TBD: These will be updated as workshops are confirmed.