Our team of advisors and instructors understands the many dimensions of climate change risk and readiness that define a climate smart home: Physical sciences, geography, social impacts, community preparedness and home design.


Steve Thompson  is the founder of Climate Realty LLC. A former journalist, he has held leadership positions in Montana's non-profit conservation community for 25 years.  He previously directed a philanthropic foundation and has written and edited for National Geographic Maps. He is chairman of Climate Smart Glacier Country, a public-private partnership in northwestern Montana focused on local climate solutions. 




 Steven Running is a Regents Professor of Ecology at the University of Montana and a member of the International Panel on Climate Change. He directs the Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (NTSG), a research laboratory pioneering new approaches for ecological and hydrological analyses. Using computational process modeling, satellite remote sensing and GIS, NTSG applies ecological theory and environmental analysis to understand how terrestrial vegetation responds to climate variability. 



BrettBrett Rosenberg is a sustainability consultant in Missoula, Montana. His business, Treeline Strategy, serves the building community, local governments, businesses and other organizations to blend sound environmental choices with prudent economic investments.  He assists communities developing climate change plans for mitigation, adaptation and resilience. His experience in the policy arena includes stints with the US Conference of Mayors and the American Institute of Architects.



YungLaurie Yung is an Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science in the Department of Society and Conservation at the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation. She directs the College's Resource Conservation Program. Among her research priorities is a project to assess community and social vulnerability and adaptive capacity in the context of climate change.




LokenSteve Loken founded and owns Loken Builders, a green building and development company in Missoula, Montana.  He's involved in national green building circles and also has long experience and interest in sustainable community-level design, infrastructure and energy systems. He focuses on climate-smart property design and community-level resiliency.




salatheEric Salathé is an Associate Professor of Climate Science and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. He is the UW Director of the Northwest Climate Science Center and a principal of UW's Climate Impacts Group. The primary focus of his research work is to transform global climate change simulations into information suitable for studying regional impacts of climate change.