Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council
Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council advocates for a healthy, inviting, and sustainable community by:
- Educating, mobilizing, and testifying to ensure citizens voices are heard in the decision-making process, and
- Formulating bold visions of a healthy and sustainable community and working cooperatively to achieve them.
YVCC’s goal is to expand and increase local food so that producers, consumers, distributors, and institutions in Yellowstone County make it their first choice! There are many opportunities to get local food in Billings today—but we could do much more. Learn about our efforts to launch a food hub for processing, storage, and distribution of locally grown food across south-central Montana.
Our “Better Billings” Sustainability committee is working to make Billings a more affordable and sustainable place to live and work.
To highlight the growing number of LEED buildings in Billings, YVCC created this “Guide to Green Buildings in Billings” which features a map of LEED certified buildings. Did you know there are thirteen LEED certified buildings in Billings, including 6 that are LEED Platinum? Use the map to do your own walking tour! Hard copies are available at Home on the Range, as well as many of the featured businesses.
Since its inception in 1979 around air-quality issues, YVCC has achieved many victories, including:
- Helping to dramatically improve the air quality in Yellowstone County through a long-term campaign to improve the enforcement of air quality laws;
- Increasing individual and institutional patronage of locally raised and processed food through our community food campaign;
- Helping to ensure that Billings’ new library is a LEED Platinum certified, water- and energy-efficient building by engaging citizens and community leaders to build public support, while participating in every step of the city’s decision-making process.
- Supported the efforts of teachers and parents to start school gardens at Canyon Creek School, Blue Creek School, and Billings West High School;
- Recruited businesses to sponsor recycling pick-up in more than 20 Billings public elementary schools;
- Supported our friends and neighbors to hold off oil and gas development along the Beartooth Front and in Yellowstone County;
- Built support for a full-time neighborhood planner to coordinate “smart growth” planning in our community;
- Successfully challenged efforts to site hazardous waste facilities near the Yellowstone River.