Accomplishing projects that decrease energy costs and promote sustainability is the priority of the City’s Energy Corps Sustainability Coordinator. Management plans for completed projects and an update on projects that are in progress can be found below.

Completed Projects

Projects In-Progress

  • Sustainability Board
    • The City of Red Lodge has selected five people to volunteer and serve on the Red Lodge Sustainability Board. The Board will work and cooperate with the Mayor, City Council, City staff, and local organizations to implement the strategies of the Energy Conservation Plan. The Board may also be asked to participate in public outreach meetings as well as quarterly presentations at City Council meetings. Adoption of bylaws and officer elections will be held in the February meeting.
  • Solarize 59068
    • Solarize 59068 was a community campaign that secured fair pricing and helped people in zipcode 59068 install solar. Solarize  59068 connected residents and businesses with a vetted solar installer and provided special group pricing on solar installs from April 3 to August 23, 2019. The Energy Corps Sustainability Coordinator is currently sharing results with other communities interested in Solarize programs.
  • Water Bottle Filling Station
    • The City, the Pollard Hotel, and recipients of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award are working together to install a water bottle filling station near the ATM at the corner of Broadway and 11th Street East. The filling station would allow tourists and locals to fill personal water bottles instead of purchasing bottled water, which would reduce Red Lodge’s reliance on single-use plastics. Installation is expected in Spring 2020.
  • Expanded LED Streetlight Retrofit
    • The City and NorthWestern Energy have worked together to designate Red Lodge as one of the first towns to benefit from an LED retrofit of every light in town the utility owns. The decorative lights on Broadway from 8-14th street were retrofitted in December 2019, and the City replaced the city-owned lights that were out on 3rd-8th street with our own bulbs that match in color.
    • As shipments come in, NWE will finish the city-wide retrofit in early 2020. The City is expecting to save $9,000 annually on its energy bills. The project will also reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions by 3%.
    • NorthWestern Energy LED Retrofit of Red Lodge Fact Sheet
  • Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory
    • In 2017, the Energy Corps member collected data on community-wide greenhouse gas emissions data from 2016. The current Energy Corps member is writing up a report from that data to distribute to community groups. A baseline inventory like this is an essential starting point to any long term community resiliency planning that Red Lodge may engage in. Climate SMART Montana has examples of Community Climate Action Plans in the state.