Next Meeting: YBCC Meeting Thursday Feb 7th5:30 to 7:00We’ll be meeting at the Ext Office, 119 S. 3rd. We’re on an every-other-month schedule now. Most of our work takes place in our committees; on alternating months we’ll share committee progress and make democratic decisions. All welcome on Feb. 7th!
Ready Out to jump in on a committee? Contacts here:
• Park Electric Co-op Committee: Sam
• Solar Projects/Solarize Livingston: Joanie Kresich,
• Energy Policy: Jim Baerg, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2019 Legislative Session Needs Us
The 2019 session is in full swing. Northern Plains Resource Council will be keeping a close eye on progress in Helena, and letting us know important updates. Let’s use one of our best democratic tools, our voices, to help good bills gain passage and keep bad ones from becoming law.
Sign up for text updates! We will send you text alerts about important votes and let you know who to call. Click here to enroll.
Become an expert in persuasion! Attend our lobby training on Monday, February 11 in Red Lodge. Then join us for one of our citizen lobbying days in Helena! Email Sydney for more information.
Solarize Livingston Draws Big Crowds at the Shane
Our two Solarize events brought hefty crowds of about 45 each, ready to hear from intsallers, solar ambassadors and our site assessor Jim Baerg. Ben Brouwer of MT DEQ explained the nuts and bolts of the DEQ low interest loan. We’re approaching our goal of 50 sign-ups for site assessments, and they’re now under way. Our YBCC vision for at least 30 new residential solar arrays will soon become reality…watch for “Solarize Livingston” yard signs starting to pop up around town, indicating a home that will soon be getting a solar array. Thanks to all who showed up at the Shane and those who pitched in to make this big success. Panel by panel, we’re building enthusiasm for green energy and reducing our local carbon footprint.
Our Tool Library is Up and Lending!
Our Tool Library officially launched on June 18th. All you need is your library card and a project calling for a tool you don’t have! You can request tools at the front desk; if you’re uncertain which tool you need you can peruse a binder with photos and tool names. YBCC supports two important Transition Town projects: the new Tool Lending Library and the annual Edible-Bikeable Garden Tour. We’re all familiar with garages and basements stuffed with dusty tools. Borrowing tools is a way of dropping our consumption while at the same time having the perfect tool available whenever we need it. To check out what other cities are doing to make the transition to localized economies (with us in control!), visit http://transitionus.org. Livingston is Transition Town #143.
Resources and Sister Groups:
Northern Plains Resource Council - our umbrella organization
"NPRC organizes Montana citizens to protect water quality, family farms and ranches, and unique quality of life." Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council is a local affiliate of Northern Plains. Check out the Northern Plains statewide events.
Montana Environmental Information Center
"MEIC is a non-profit environmental advocate founded in 1973 by Montanans concerned with protecting and restoring Montana’s natural
Western Organization of Resource Councils
"WORC is a regional network of grassroots community organizations that include 10,000 members and 35 local chapters. WORC helps its member groups succeed by providing training and coordinating issue work." Northern Plains is closely ties with WORC, sharing office space in Billings and some staff.
Park County Environmental Council
"PCEC has been active since 1990 as the only countywide non-profit grassroots environmental group, focusing exclusively on issues affecting Park County, Montana, located at Yellowstone National Park's northern edge."
"We are individuals/foundations that are accelerating the transition to a sustainable and equitable economy. We recognize that shifting investments out of the destructive fossil fuel sector is both morally and financially wise. We are divesting from fossil fuels and switching to clean energy investments, joining college, health, pension funds and religious endowments doing the same. Ethically, our investment shouldn’t contribute to dangerous climate change."
National Phenology Network
This is worth a separate mention. This group sponsors Nature's Notebook, a national, online program where amateur and professional naturalists record observations of plants and animals to generate long-term data used for scientific decision-making.
Western Sustainability Exchange
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Community Choice Aggregation information
Livingston Transition town group Facebook page
Livingston City Commission
Park County Commission