Montana ( (listen)) is a state in the Mountain West division of the Western United States. It is bordered by Idaho to the west, North Dakota and South Dakota to the east, Wyoming to the south, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan to the north. It is the fourth-largest state by area, the eighth-least populous state, and the third-least densely populated state. Its state capital is Helena. The western half of Montana contains numerous mountain ranges, while the eastern half is characterized by western prairie terrain and badlands, with smaller mountain ranges found throughout the state.
Montana has no official nickname but several unofficial ones, most notably "Big Sky Country", "The Treasure State", "Land of the Shining Mountains", and "The Last Best Place". The economy is primarily based on agriculture, including ranching and cereal grain farming. Other significant economic resources include oil, gas, coal, mining, and lumber. The health care, service, and government sectors are also significant to the state's economy. Montana's fastest-growing sector is tourism, with 12.6 million tourists (as of 2019) visiting the state each year.
Community energy[edit | edit source]
Solar power in Montana on rooftops could provide 28% of all electricity used in Montana from 3,200 MW of solar panels.
Net metering is available to all consumers for up to at least 10 kW generation. Excess generation is rolled over each month but is lost once each year.
Cycling activism[edit | edit source]
Wikipedia: Bike paths in Montana (category)
Food activism[edit | edit source]
Garden City Harvest, Missoula
1,000 New Gardens Missoula & Bozeman on facebook
Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]
Wikipedia: Hiking trails in Montana (category)
Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]
Sustainable Business Council of Montana
Resources[edit | edit source]
Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]
- Transition Town Missoula on facebook
Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]
Montana energy data & statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy
News and comment[edit | edit source]
Innovative Neighborhood Farm Adjacent to Housing Complex Increases Food Access and Grows Community, Jan 9
Dispatches From the Edge of Change: Why Montana's Fossil-Fuel Resistance Gives Me Hope, September 9
Missoula City Council passes plan to be carbon neutral by 2025, January 28
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