Clearwater Credit Union backs climate change with donation

Rob Chaney

Following on the global climate-change initiatives coming out of COP-26, Missoula-based Clearwater Credit Union donated $50,000 to regional organizations involved in climate resilience.

“We know that problems like wildfire seasons are becoming more severe, smoke and air quality problems are becoming more severe,” said Paul Herendeen, Clearwater’s director of impact market development. “But on the flip side, we see a tremendous investment opportunity, and as a financial institution, that’s what we want to be doing.”

The donations were shared among Climate Smart Missoula, Families for a Livable Climate, Montana Environmental Information Center, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Montana Conservation Voters and the Northern Plains Resource Council.

Clearwater regularly donates 5% of its net income every year to philanthropic causes, Herendeen said.

“The stakes are high,” said Amy Cilimburg, executive director of Climate Smart Missoula.  “This financial support will help us accelerate our efforts to ‘Electrify Missoula,’ partner with low-income advocates to grow our Clean Indoor Air program, collaborate with others around the state to reduce emissions and build resiliency, and so much more.”

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