Newsline January 16, 2017

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Table of Contents

Good News Item

  1. 2017 Year of Sustainable Development for Tourism.

Around EVST

  1. "A Culture of Health: Farm to Hospital in Montana" Film Premiere & Social. 
  2. EVST alums push for better studies and faster cleanup at old pulp mill near Frenchtown.
  3. Billy Izzard and the Milltown Community Garden short documentary.

Featured Events

(See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Women’s March on Montana, Jan 21 in Helena, buses available. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Clark Fork Coalition Volunteer Orientation, Jan 18. 
  2. Winter Tracking at MPG Ranch, Jan 28.
  3. Rally for Public Lands, Helena, Jan 30.
  4. Missoula seeks citizens to serve on local boards. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Telephone Town Hall with Bernie Sanders on protecting the planet, Jan 17. 
  2. Weekly workshop series on ‘Planning for On-Farm Success’, Jan 18 to March 1.
  3. Webinar: Locally led outreach in urban and rural community areas, Jan 19.
  4. EVST Alum offers Distance Education Course - Managing the Wilderness Resource.
  5. Winter Wildlife Tracking workshop (free), Jan 21.
  6. Making Science Matter in a "Post-Truth" World, Feb 1.
  7. Montana Watershed Coordination Council Annual Meeting, Feb 3.
  8. Montana Institute on Ecosystems ‘Rough Cut Seminar Series’ for spring 2017. 
  9. 2017 Intermountain GIS conference, West Yellowstone, April 18-21, send abstracts ASAP. 
  10. 8th Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit, March 16-17, submit proposals & abstracts.

Jobs and Internships

(Local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, see the envirojobs list serv)

  1. Get paid while being trained to be an environmental organizer, apply by Jan 20. 
  2. Conservation job with National group, located in Missoula, Apply by Feb 2.
  3. Organic Grain Farming Apprenticeships for 2017 in Havre, MT.
  4. Summer Seasonal Positions and Internships.
  5. City of Missoula Positions.
  6. Internships with Home Resource. 
  7. Internship with Missoula Parking Commission. 
  8. Ever wonder why you didn't get that government job you were 100% qualified for?

Funding

  1. Student Grant competition, apply by Feb 16.

Housing

  1. $312 - Seeking roommate in cozy lower Rattlesnake house.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. In case you missed President Obama’s Farewell Speech.  
  2. Keeping up with Missoula’s Winter Air Quality. 
  3. Space age farm: Montana chef grows hydroponic greens in upcycled shipping container.
  4. Clean Energy Bills in the 2017 Legislative Session.
  5. Communicating Science with Online Videos. 
  6. AERO's Abundant Montana Directory
  7. New Book: Climate Change in Wildlands. 
  8. 17 tips for a less toxic 2017. 
  9. Global Food Sustainability assessment released – where do we score?  

Good News Item

2017 Year of Sustainable Development for Tourism.

The United Nations General Assembly designated 2017, the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The aim is to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Tourism accounts for 7% of worldwide exports, one in eleven jobs and 10% of the world's GDP. If well-managed, it can foster social and economic justice and the protection of cultural and natural assets. The International Year will be announced in Madrid on 18 January 2017 at the Spanish Tourism Fair, FITUR. To get involved in the effort, visit the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Development for Tourism.  

Around EVST

"A Culture of Health: Farm to Hospital in Montana" Film Premiere & Social. 

Premiere screening of "A Culture of Health: Farm to Hospital in Montana", directed by EVST alum Brianna Ewert, Saturday, January 21st at 1:00PM in Polson, MT, at the Showboat Theater during the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC). The documentary short celebrates local chefs, farmers, processors, and distributors in Montana working together to increase access to nutritious food, improving the health of hospital patients, communities, and the land. Following the screening, continue the conversation about Farm to Healthcare with the creators and subjects of the film during a social hour at the Vine & Tap in Polson from 3:00pm-4:30pm. Local hors d'oeuvres are provided and a cash bar will be available. This free, informal gathering is open to anyone, so even if you can’t make the screening, feel free to drop by and engage with the farmers and chefs that are making Farm to Healthcare a reality in Montana.

EVST alums push for better studies and faster cleanup at old pulp mill near Frenchtown.

Missoula Water Quality District supervisor Peter Nielsen (EVST alum) grilled EPA at a recent meeting on cleanup and monitoring efforts at the former Smurfit-Stone pulp mill (now closed) west of Missoula, where hazardous chemicals were dumped into holding ponds beside the river for decades. The Missoula Water Quality Advisory Council (which contains more EVST alums) has also been questioning the adequacy of contaminant characterization at the site. MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks has issued fish consumption advisories because of pulp mill chemicals found in fish in the area, and studies of the dikes around the mill suggest that a large flood could wash decades of contamination into the river.  See the full story at Missoulian article 1-11-2017.

Billy Izzard and the Milltown Community Garden short documentary.

EVST Alum Erica Langston and Armando Crespo have made a short documentary about Billy Izzard after a profile of him ran in The Progressive in 2015. The website Grist.org shared it on their site this week. Check it out here: https://grist.org/food/turns-out-community-gardening-might-be-pretty-good-rehab/ 

Featured Events

Women’s March on Montana, Jan 21 in Helena, buses available. 

In solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington DC, there will be a Women’s March on Montana in Helena on Jan 21, noon to 3pm. There are 3 buses going from Missoula. Rides are free, but you are urged to donate what you can. Contact this site for Carpool Information and Signup. Be at the E. Broadway Park & Ride by 8am to load buses. Buses will leave Helena at 4pm to come back. The theme of the march is Human Rights for All. Gathering place in Helena is 8th Avenue between N. Sanders & N. Roberts. More info available by emailing montana@womensmarch.com or see the Facebook Event page.

Volunteer Opportunities

Clark Fork Coalition Volunteer Orientation, Jan 18. 

The Clark Fork Coalition is looking for volunteers to help us reach more kids during our Snow and Tell field trips. Join us for an orientation to our high school snow science curriculum, and learn how you can get involved. We'll have snacks and the opportunity to meet CFC staff and other volunteers! Contact katie@clarkfork.org to sign up or to learn more about the Clark Fork Coalition's volunteer opportunities. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, January 18 from 5:30-6:30pm at Clark Fork Coalition Office, 140 S 4th St W.

Winter Tracking at MPG Ranch, Jan 28.

Help MPG Ranch with the winter mountain lion population survey. Volunteers will backtrack lions and assist with the collection of DNA via hair samples. Tracking is limited to 6 volunteers per outing. No experience necessary. We will teach the basics of track identification, gait, stride length, and foot morphology. Contact: jlisbon@mpgranch.com or 406-396-6285. We will reply with directions. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday 1/28 from 10:30am - 3:30pm at MPG Ranch.

Rally for Public Lands, Helena, Jan 30.

Montana Wilderness Association is concerned about legislation in Congress and the Montana legislature expected to impact public lands. They are holding a Rally for Public Lands on Monday, January 30 at noon in the State Capitol in Helena. Speakers at the rally will include Governor Steve Bullock, mountaineering legend Conrad Anker, fly fishing guide and TV host Hilary Hutcheson, and K.C. Walsh, CEO of Simms fishing company. MWA is arranging rides to Helena. Visit this link if interested in a ride to Helena. or More info about the Rally and MWA’s concerns are here.

Missoula seeks citizens to serve on local boards. 

Links to more info about volunteering to serve on these citizen boards: Planning Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Open Space Advisory Committee, Missoula Urban Transportation District Board.

Educational Opportunities

Telephone Town Hall with Bernie Sanders on protecting the planet, Jan 17. 

Friends of the Earth has arranged for a Telephone Town Hall with Bernie Sanders to discuss strategies for protecting our environment. Sign up to here if you’d like to join Friends of the Earth and Senator Sanders for this free phone briefing. WHEN: Jan 17, 6pm Mountain Time.

Weekly workshop series on ‘Planning for On-Farm Success’, Jan 18 to March 1.

The Community Food and Agriculture Coalition (CFAC), a Missoula nonprofit, is partnering with the Missoula County Extension office to host a series of winter workshops designed for those in agriculture interested in starting a new business or adding a new enterprise. The series, called “Planning for On-Farm Success,” will offer expert presenters from the Montana University System as well as panels of experienced producers and ag professionals to help participants get the help and tools they need to launch a successful business. The workshops will be held at the MSU Extension office at 2825 Santa Fe Court in Missoula on Wednesday evenings, 5:30-8:30, from Jan. 18 through March 1 on the following topics:

• Jan. 18: Farm strategic planning                  • Jan. 25: Researching your market

• Feb.1: Farm marketing and promotion      • Feb. 8: Managing your financials

• Feb. 15: Financial decision-making              • Feb. 22: Financing your farm

• Mar. 1: Managing on-farm risks

Participants will learn about local resources, network with local producers and service providers and get hands-on support while working on their own business plans. Workshops cost $15 each, or $75 for the full series which includes a workbook.  For more information and to register, visit www.farmlinkmontana.org or contact Seth Swanson, Missoula County Extension at seth.swanson@montana.edu or 406-258-4205. A longer article is available here in the Missoulian.

Webinar: Locally led outreach in urban and rural community areas, Jan 19.

Urban and rural districts gather input to design programs and services through countywide assessments, networking, and collaboration with NGOs, coalitions, and advisory committees. Presenters from around the country will give short presentations on their outreach methods. To register, email NACD Senior Advisor Debra Bogar at deb-bogar@nacdnet.org WHEN: Jan. 19, 10-11:00am MST.

EVST Alum offers Distance Education Course – Managing the Wilderness Resource.

EVST Alum Kari Gunderson is offering a Wilderness Management Distance Education Course, PTRM 407/562, Managing the Wilderness Resource for the Spring Term. Course credit offered through The University of Montana, Missoula, MT. This course explores and discusses how to manage for quality visitor experiences including examples of common problems and solutions. Managing to minimize recreational impacts is covered in detail in a separate chapter. Other chapters include wilderness education and information techniques, as well as law enforcement and emergency response. Managing Recreation Resources deals with the human dimension of wilderness by focusing on managing wilderness for visitor use and enjoyment, and by representing ways to solve problems associated with visitors' expectations and their impacts. Registration Deadline: January 27; Course Dates: February 6 thru May 26, 2017. To register: http://www.cfc.umt.edu/wmdep/register/default.php or mailto:mwilliam.fabro@umontana.edu. Longer Course description is attached.

Winter Wildlife Tracking workshop (free), Jan 21.

Join local wildlife biologist Adam Lieberg to learn skills in identifying tracks, scat, etc. Adam will give a 2 hour in door presentation that is open to all, followed by a 2 hour outdoor tracking session that is limited to the first 14 registrants. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday Jan 21, lecture: 10am to noon; outdoor session follows at SLE Outside (recreation equipment store) in the Bison & Bear Mall, Highway 83 in Seeley Lake. More info: email jenny@crcmt.org, phone 754-0034.

Making Science Matter in a "Post-Truth" World, Feb 1.

The Union of Concerned Scientists UCS offers this free webinar -- science communication experts explain why & how scientists and informed citizens advocate for science. In addition, we'll highlight some opportunities for you to advocate for science-based policies in 2017.  Register today. Featuring: Brenda Ekwurzel –director of UCS Climate & Energy Program, Ellyn Weiss – artist, lawyer, UCS board member, and Nehemiah Mabry – Founder of STEMedia, winner of "best overall video: for the National Academy of Engineering's video contest. WHEN: Wednesday, February 1, 4-5:00pm MST.

Montana Watershed Coordination Council Annual Meeting, Feb 3.

WHEN/WHERE: 10 to 5p; Montana WILD 2668 Broadwater Avenue, Helena.
Morning: updates from Governor, DNRC, DFWP, DEQ, legislature. Noon Lunch provided by Murry's Café. Afternoon: Keynote Speaker, Chris Smith, Wildlife Management Institute. He has over 34 years experience in planning, management, research, supervision, and administration of resource conservation programs throughout Alaska and Montana. Read Chris's recent publication here. Regional entities and panel discussion, Facilitated by Chris Smith. In 2016, MWCC assisted in coordinating regional partnerships in the Clark Fork and Missouri Headwaters. Panelists will discuss perceived added value, challenges, and explore what role intermediate infrastructure may have in facilitating watershed work statewide. Natural Heritage Program Presentation by Bryce Maxell of NHP-- the state’s source for reliable info and expertise to support stewardship of our native species and habitats. Closing remarks and celebration at Ten Mile Brewery 46 N Last Chance Gulch.

Montana Institute on Ecosystems ‘Rough Cut Seminar Series’ for spring 2017. 

Talks by Montana University system faculty. All talks are on the MSU campus, and will be recorded and posted to the IoE website here. January talks are: Jan 18, Otto Stein MSU Civil Engineering: Use of Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment; and Overview of Research at MSU. Jan 24, Ben Poulter Earth Sciences Division, NASA: Carbon Budgets and Consequences for Climate Change and Mitigation. Jan 25, Carl Yeoman Animal and Range Sciences MSU: Environmental Gradients of Host-Associated Microbial Systems.

2017 Intermountain GIS conference, West Yellowstone, April 18-21, send abstracts ASAP.

Conference will be at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone, MT.  Rooms have been blocked, so email conference@intermountaingis.org  for information on how to reserve rooms at the conference rate, for more information and to volunteer. Conference details  include Call for Papers, Posters, Registration, and Workshops. More information will be posted as it becomes available so please check back often. Note -- web page says to send abstracts for papers & posters by Dec 31, but also says to send ASAP and they will try to accommodate everyone. 

8th Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit, March 16-17, submit proposals & abstracts.

The Summit (hosted by Weber State U – Northern Utah) is an energetic gathering of over 400 sustainability professionals, industry practitioners, policy experts, educators, and students. This year the Summit is introducing a half day Higher Education Forum with a focus on sustainability in campus operations, curriculum, and engagement (both on campus and with the community). Here are some ways to be a part of this. Become a Speaker  We are accepting speaker proposals for the Higher Education Forum (March 16, especially if your institution includes sustainability within curriculum) and the main Summit day (March 17). Speaker Proposal deadline is Tuesday, January 10. Submit a Student Poster (abstract due by Feb 20) Students whose posters are selected to be displayed will receive free registration and may win cash prizes. Participate Come share, learn, and regenerate as we work to address our collective challenges and foster greater sustainability on our campuses and in our communities. The keynote speaker on March 17 is Mary Robinson, first woman President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, & President of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice. On March 16, join Dr. John Cook, Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and founder of the Skeptical Science website, to learn how to debunk myths at the Responding to Misinformation in the Age of Fake News workshop. For more info, contact Andrew Hackett, at (801)-626-6310, or by email at andrewhackett@weber.edu.  And you can sign up to receive updates!

Jobs and Internships

Get paid while being trained to be an environmental organizer, apply by Jan 20. 

In 1992, U.S. PIRG launched Green Corps as a graduate school for environmental organizers. This program not only gave participants a solid academic grounding in their field of choice; it provided concrete campaign experience with leading environmental and social change organizations, and even paid participants to enable them to engage full-time in their chosen work. These positions start with classroom training, then you are trained in the field as you run some real campaigns, and finally, Green Corps helps you connect with groups seeking staff. They have placed their graduates with Environment America, Greenpeace, Corporate Accountability International, Rainforest Action Network, National Wildlife Federation, 350.org and NRDC, among others. The target annual compensation for this position is $26,000 plus benefits. Location – there are campaigns all over the US. Your preference will be considered but you need to be geographically flexible. Apply today at GreenCorps.org!

Conservation job with National group, located in Missoula, Apply by Feb 2.

National conservation organization seeks Conservation Connect Associate.  Position provides technical assistance for collaborative, community-based conservation efforts working on National Forests & Grasslands.  Responsible for building the capacity of partner organizations and sharing knowledge through peer learning sessions, workshops, and sharing of tools and best practices Bachelor’s degree in conservation and related community-development issues (or equivalent experience) and minimum 3 years’ experience conservation programming and related collaborative community-based conservation to include a strong knowledge of and experience in public sector policies, procedures and regulations; and strong Web site and technical skills. Position located in Missoula, Montana. This and other jobs described at: https://www.nationalforests.org/who-we-are/jobs. Application Deadline: Thursday, February 2, 2017.

Organic Grain Farming Apprenticeships for 2017 in Havre, MT.

New Agrarian Immersion Experience: Intensive immersion into day-to-day organic farming operations, Vilicus Farm’s growing system, conservation practices and ecosystem. This 8 month apprenticeship is offered in partnership through Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program. Registered Apprenticeship in Organic Farming: Structured 2-year paid occupational training in dryland organic farming operations. 4000 hours of on-the-job training and 288 hours of related instruction. Graduates will have an opportunity to become high skilled and valued farm team members at Vilicus Farms or another organic enterprise. This unique apprenticeship has been developed in consultation with the State of Montana Department of Labor and Industry and Montana State University – Northern. Veterans are encouraged to apply and identify GI Bill benefits that may support them pursuing this educational opportunity. For more information: www.vilicusfarms.com / Anna@vilicusfarms.com / 406-394-2469.

Summer Seasonal Positions and Internships.

Trail Crew Leader and Member positions, Selway Bitterroot Frank Church FoundationMontana and Idaho (closes 2/17/2017)  Trail Crew Leader and Weeds Crew LeaderBob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Hungry Horse, MT (closes 2/1/2017) Wilderness Ranger Internship, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Hungry Horse, MT (closes 2/27/2017) Recreation positions, Lolo National Forest, Seeley Lake Ranger District, Seeley Lake, MT (closes 1/10/2017) Better Hurry!

City of Missoula Positions.

Program Assistant in Missoula’s Office of Neighborhoods: Primary Objective of Position: Under general supervision, provides administrative support and assists the public in matters related to the Office of Neighborhoods. Location: Missoula, MT Department: Office of Neighborhoods Rate of Pay: $15.6962/hr Closes On: January 17, 2017 at 05:00 PM MST. Visit their page for more info and to apply

Collection Systems Maintenance Technician with Missoula Wastewater Division: Under general supervision, performs a variety of semi-skilled and unskilled wastewater collection system line maintenance duties.  Position is subject to random drug and alcohol testing requirements of U.S. Department of Transportation. Location: Missoula, MT Department: Wastewater Division Rate of Pay: $16.85/hr + $2.25/hr pension contribution, $22.78/hr after six months. Closes On: January 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM MST. Visit their page for more info and to apply.  

Internships with Home Resource. 

POSITION 1: Home ReSource Store Signage Project: Description: The intern would help identify 3-4 materials or items to pilot this project. The intern would take the lead on researching the environmental benefits of reusing or, conversely, environmental impacts of wasting each material or item. Some example focus areas include: what is the embodied energy in a particular item and what amount of CO2 emissions are prevented through reuse. The intern would then help translate that information into a concise, meaningful message. Depending on time, the intern may also assist with the design, creation and placement of the signage. Qualifications: The challenge in this project is primarily two-fold: First determine the most meaningful data to convey and second to translate the data into terms that Missoulians can easily relate to and understand. One idea for doing this is to use social math that translates abstract statistics so they become meaningful to an audience. The intern will require critical thinking skills, a passion for research, proficiency on the computer and knowledge of using the internet as a research tool, excellent communication and writing skills, and a curious mind.  

POSITION 2: Home ReSource Carbon Offset Project: Description: During this internship, the student will research the requirements for an enterprise to become eligible to be a generator of – and to sell – carbon offsets and determine if Home ReSource meets those requirements. If it is determined that we do, the intern will help initiate the process of Home ReSource becoming an official offset generator. If it is determined that our activities are not considered eligible, the intern would instead research how eligibility criteria are determined, what data is used to measure offset generation, how that data is reviewed and deemed valid, and what opportunities exist to inform, augment, or otherwise expand the scope of carbon offsetting to recognize and legitimize the direct and indirect benefits of building materials reuse as a valuable, carbon-offsetting climate action. Qualifications: We are looking for an intern who is excited about understanding the murky, often confusing world of carbon offsets. The ideal candidate would have a curious mind, a penchant for asking questions, and a passion for research. For more information or to apply for these positions: Contact Jeremy Drake, Community Engagement Manager, jeremy@homeresource.org

Internship with Missoula Parking Commission. 

The Missoula Parking Commission is seeking a student intern (work-study eligible preferred) with skills/experience in spatial data collection (GPS) and GIS. The work entails mapping of parking infrastructure (ADA, metered spaces, pay stations, signage, loading zones, etc.) in Missoula’s downtown, and the intern is expected to work 10-20 hours per week during Spring Semester.  The position will be compensated.  Coordination with other city office personnel is integral to the project.  If interested, contact Dr. Shively in the Department of Geography at  406.243.6478 or email.

Ever wonder why you didn't get that government job you were 100% qualified for?

Do you use a Mac? That may be the problem. It's not widely known -- definitely not posted on USAJobs -- but there is an incompatibility between some PDF files created using Apple's Preview software and USAJobs. So, if you  create a PDF with several recent SF-50s, using Preview, USAJobs may pass blank SF-50s to the agency you're trying to wrangle a job from. Seriously. The SF-50s may appear in the PDF, but they may appear with blank fields to an HR department screener. An HR office will not contact you, to let you know that a blank SF-50 was in your application, so you might use that form again and again without knowing precisely what went wrong with each attempt. Here's the most recent note from USAJobs tech support: We are aware that certain documents issued recently come though our document conversion process with blank data fields. Unfortunately, the conversion encounters no error, so there is no way we can know which documents are affected. We are investigating ways to prevent this. We believe a majority of these are caused by opening the document in Apple's Preview PDF reader and saving it from there. Be advised that Adobe Acrobat reader is the standard reader we use, so the document must open successfully using it. If the applicant plans to use this document again, they should be advised to either: 1) Convert the document using something other than Apple's Preview, or 2) Download the document directly from the source site without using Preview to view and 'Save as'. That last part is super-important: Always check your documents against Adobe Reader (the free reader, not the more costly full Acrobat) on a PC, prior to posting to USAJobs.

Funding

Student Grant competition, apply by Feb 16.

The Northwest Scientific Association (NWSA) annually awards grants of up to $750 for undergraduate proposals and up to $1,500 for graduate proposals to support student research in the pure and applied sciences. This opportunity also helps you organize your research proposal, may add substance to your curriculum vitae (CV), and may get your study published in the peer-reviewed scientific quarterly, Northwest Science. Deadline for submitting proposals is midnight on February 16, 2017. Find details at Northwest Science by going to ‘Awards & Grants’, then click on Student ‘Grant Awards’.

Housing

$312 - Seeking roommate in cozy lower Rattlesnake house.

Two young professionals (one EVST alum) and one current EVST grad student seeking a female roommate in a lovely, spacious house in Lower Rattlesnake (easy/short bike ride to campus). We have a two story, three bedroom house, two full bathrooms, laundry with washer and dryer, gorgeous backyard with view of Mt. Jumbo, full garage with hardly anything in it, large living room with two couches, electric stove, dishwasher, back deck and bbq space for entertaining, raised bed garden, and compost. We are two females and one male. This is a quiet house with occasional dinner parties. Not 420 friendly. Pets not permitted on lease and our schedules are fairly busy. You would be sharing a large master bedroom with a female teacher who spends the majority of her time at another residence. She is here on average once or twice a week. The room has been partitioned with a curtain, but it would be easy to bolster the separation. Your half has two full closets and is more than big enough to fit a full size bed very comfortably. Summer utilities run on average $20, while winter utilities have been around $30 (we pay gas, electric and wifi). Outdoor enthusiasts are welcome! Available immediately and lease goes through August 9th, but we’re open to a 2-6 month occupancy (but ideally full commitment to August is preferred). Contact Elsie at elsiethomson@gmail.com with questions and interest. Feel free to pass on to good people!

Miscellaneous - Resources

In case you missed President Obama’s Farewell Speech.  

Transcript of President Barak Obama’s Farewell Speech.

Keeping up with Missoula’s Winter Air Quality. 

Missoula has already had a few days of air quality alerts this winter. For the most current information on air pollution levels throughout the state, access Montana’s “Today’s Air” web site. To receive email notices on Missoula’s air quality alerts, contact EVST alum & Missoula air quality specialist Ben Schmidt bschmidt@missoulacounty.us.

Space age farm: Montana chef grows hydroponic greens in upcycled shipping container.

Jennifer Stackpole’s indoor farm looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. Using a pre-assembled hydroponic vertical growing system inside a converted freight container at the Bonner mill site, Stackpole is growing tender crisp greens for local restaurants, stores and markets even as the temperature dips well below freezing throughout the dark Montana winter months. Read the full story in the Ravalli Republic here.

Clean Energy Bills in the 2017 Legislative Session.

AERO (Alternative Energy & Resources Organization) Energy Task Force Chair Jim Baerg attends Montana legislature meetings on bills affecting net metering and clean energy in Montana. Jim provides a summary of clean energy related bills here. If you’d like to keep up with clean energy bills throughout the legislature, Email cwilliamson@aeromt.org to join AERO's Energy Task Force.

Communicating Science with Online Videos. 

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments is another way for scientists to communicate their findings, both to the public and to fellow scientists. Make a video of your study and publish it on JoVE, the world’s first and only peer reviewed scientific VIDEO journal. JoVE has published videos of thousands of studies which are useful to other researchers and to teachers. Sounds like a great way for scientists to collaborate with video makers. 2016 Year in Review of Jove Science Videos.

AERO's Abundant Montana Directory

For more than 20 years, Abundant Montana has been the premier directory for Montanans as well as tourists interested in our state’s vast and diverse food and agriculture opportunities. The directory compiles sustainably produced food, farm products, and businesses with listings varying from farmer’s markets to woolen mills, grass-fed bison to ranch stays, connecting us all to our food and to the land.  A go-to resource for farmer’s markets, farms and ranches, local food, and more, Abundant Montana contains around 300 listings from across the state. If you have a farm, food business, CSA, ranch, or other local food opportunity and aren't part of the directory, add it now! Abundant provides FREE advertising for our Montana producers. 

New Book: Climate Change in Wildlands. 

This recently published book is the end product of a 5 year NASA funded project involving scientists from the National Park Service, Forest Service, Geological Survey, Colorado State U and Montana State U. It focuses on assessment & adaptation planning for US ecosystems affected by Climate Change. Hansen et al 2016. Climate Change in Wildlands: Pioneering Approaches to Science & Management.  Available from Island Press. $70

17 tips for a less toxic 2017. 

Still working on your New Year resolutions? How about cutting down on toxics in your life? Womens Voices for the Earth offers these 17 tips. http://www.womensvoices.org/2017/01/05/17-tips-nontoxic-2017/.

Global Food Sustainability assessment released – where do we score?  

Recently, an international research firm was hired to analyze the food systems of 25 countries, including all G20 nations. The resulting report, Food Sustainability Index, used 58 indicators to compare food system sustainability based on three broad pillars: agriculture practices, wasted food, and the nutritional outcomes. France had the highest score because of a well-nourished population, low use of fossil fuels/chemicals/water, and aggressive policies to reduce food waste. Some hungry nations minimized food waste while others were surprisingly wasteful. One third of world food production is wasted – this is 4 times what would be needed to provide everyone with adequate food. The US ranked low in the assessment due to high obesity and food waste. See Full Missoulian article here.

This Newsline prepared by Vicki Watson and Laura Zanolli. Please send any comments to the Editor.