Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council

We are a group of citizens in and around Livingston, MT who recognize that healthy communities depend on healthy ecosystems.

We believe our unique quality of life and rich natural heritage can be preserved by promoting reliance on renewable energy and minimizing adverse effects from development of fossil fuels. We hold ourselves accountable to leave vibrant and healthy natural surroundings to the generations that will follow. 

Accomplishments

  • YBCC championed the idea of bringing an Energy Corps member on board to serve the City and County and got the go-ahead from both commissions. Our three interns have accomplished energy audits for city and county facilities, secured rebates from NorthWestern Energy, and identified over $15,000 in annual energy savings!
  • YBCC played a role in the big C-PACE  victory, working locally with city/county officials and business owners, and at the legislature. C-PACE was signed into law in June (‘21). Now local commercial building owners can obtain efficiency and renewable energy upgrades with no upfront or monthly costs. 
  • We’ve initiated and fundraised for these community solar projects:
    • Park County library
    • Senior Center
    • Wastewater Treatment Plant 
    • Yellowstone Gateway Museum 
    • the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts. 
    • Head Start Center
    • Winans School
  • We also launched two successful Solarize Livingston campaigns, in 2019 and 2020, resulting in 30 residential solar arrays in our town. Check out our solar map to see all of our projects! 

Clean Energy

We work to expand access to energy efficiency and renewable energy in Livingston, MT.

Rural electric co-op Reform

We work with members of Park Electric Cooperative to expand democratic principles in co-op governance and create more opportunities for renewable energy.

Fossil Fuel Transport

We work to expand access to energy efficiency and renewable energy in Livingston, MT.

Leadership

Co-Chairs

Joanie Kresich
Sarah Stands

Secretary

Lauren Dalzell

Treasurer

Kathryn Ecklund

Northern Plains Board Representatives

John Gayusky
Joanie Kresich

Community Organizer

Gusty Catherin-Sauer
gusty@northernplains.org

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS...

Check out these upcoming events in your area!​

Soil Crawl – Dryland Vegetables and Orchard

Soil Crawl – Dryland Vegetables..

Join us this summer on a Montana farm or ranch for a soil crawl! Come learn from innovative producers showcasing the practices and principles that help them generate healthy soil, resilient crops and animals, and good food!

07.09.22

Our Team

Michael Skinner

GNA Manager and Community Organizer

Jeanie Alderson, Birney

Past Chair

Emma Kerr-Carpenter, Billings

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council

Kris Glenn, Billings

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council

John Gayusky, Livingston

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council

Joan Kresich, Livingston

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council

Tom Heyneman, Fishtail

Affiliate Representatives- Stillwater Protective Association

Edward Barta, Billings

Vice-Chair & Affiliate Representatives - Stillwater Protective Association

Mic Smith, Helena

Affiliate Representatives- Sleeping Giant Citizens Council

Norane Freistadt, Helena

Affiliate Representatives- Sleeping Giant Citizens Council

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