OLLI at MSU to host May 14 talk on city of Bozeman climate plan
From MSU News Service
BOZEMAN — The Osher Lifelong Institute at Montana State University will present “Positive Climate Impacts, One City at a Time: Bozeman Climate Plan” for its next Friday Forum on May 14. The talk will take place noon to 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Natalie Meyer, the city of Bozeman’s sustainability program manager, and Taylor Lonsdale, the city’s transportation engineer, will discuss key components of the 2020 Bozeman Climate Plan. The forum will be moderated by Duke Elliott, a resource conservation specialist with MSU Engineering and Utilities. Along with moderating, he will also share a sustainable architecture and energy efficiency perspective. Panelists will share information and initiatives from the climate plan, including examples and actionable steps the city and citizens are taking and can take to curb human climate impacts.
Meyer has been with the city since 2008, leading development of the climate plan from drafting to adoption by the city commission. Meyer earned a bachelor’s degree in forest resource management from the University of Montana and a master’s in land resources and environmental sciences from MSU. In 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy honored Meyer with a Clean Energy Education and Empowerment award in the government category. The awards are given to women for achievements or leadership in the clean energy world in categories including entrepreneurship, business and education.
Lonsdale has been with the city as a transportation engineer since 2019. Before joining the city, he was a research engineer at MSU’s Western Transportation Institute from 2009 to 2019 where he worked on policies and programs to improve transportation choices for people in small urban and rural communities. From 2009 to 2013, he served as Montana’s Safe Routes to Schools coordinator, providing statewide support for pedestrian and bicycle safety programs for students throughout Montana. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Vermont.
Advance registration is required and must be completed by 11 a.m. Friday, May 14. For more information or to register, please visit montana.edu/olli/register. Upon registration confirmation, participants will receive an email with the Webex link and instructions to join the program.
Friday Forums are offered on the second Friday of each month, September through May, by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at MSU. OLLI at MSU is a program of Academic Technology and Outreach. ATO works across the university to support and advance its land-grant mission through unique and innovative opportunities for outreach and engagement. •