State and Local Climate and Energy Program
Energy Efficiency and Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions on the Northern Cheyenne Tribe Reservation
Northern Cheyenne Tribe Reservation, Montana
Federal Funding: $200,000
Project Timeline: February 2010 – December 2013
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe continues to renovate the Tribal Environmental Protection Department (EPD) office. Contracting is underway for installation of new siding, a new roof, insulation, and flooring. The renovation is taking place according to the retrofit plan, which included a preliminary score indicating Gold Level Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Certification. The plan is prioritized into phases based on importance and financial limitations as the Climate Showcase Communities grant will only cover part of the envisioned renovation. However, the Tribal EPD is continuing to fundraise to ensure completion of phases that are not covered by the Climate Showcase Communities grant. The EPD set up an account in EPA’s Portfolio Manager and is adding electrical and propane data to track greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. Upcoming activities include measuring the GHG emission reductions and energy savings from the retrofit of the EPD building and holding an open house to educate the community once the retrofits are complete.
Demonstrating Energy Efficiency Leadership on a Central Community Building
The Tribal EPD Office on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation is one of the most energy-inefficient buildings on the Reservation, making it a priority for energy efficiency retrofits and green power. To reduce the Northern Cheyenne Tribe's GHG emissions, the Tribal EPD has partnered with the National Wildlife Federation to turn this building into an energy efficiency demonstration and training project.
To achieve its primary goal of reducing the Tribe's GHG emissions, the Tribal EPD updated a previous energy audit to fully account for building maintenance activities and used this audit to plan energy efficiency retrofits and green power projects. The plan received a preliminary score indicating Gold Level LEED Certification.
Contractors will implement these retrofits and green power projects with support from tribal college students and community members. A training program will cover three sessions on energy audits, energy efficiency, and small scale renewable energy. Participants will conduct audits and participate in retrofits of the Tribal EPD Office as part of a field training component.
The benefits of the project include cost savings from energy efficiency improvements, reductions in the tribe's GHG emissions, and improved employment opportunities for students and community members. By promoting the project as a replicable model, the Tribe is seeking to expand the project to other buildings on the reservation and share lessons learned with other communities. To implement the program, they will also develop partnerships with multiple stakeholder groups, including the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, Greenweaver Inc., Lakota Solar Enterprises, Tongue River Electric Cooperative, and Montana State University Extension. The Northern Cheyenne Tribe has a strong cultural and historical connection to the land, wildlife, and waters on the Reservation, and this project is a vital opportunity for the Tribe to align its energy needs and use with its ecological and cultural values.
|Area:||318 square miles|
|Median Household Income:||$23,679|
|Reported Results (as of September 2013)||Projected Cumulative Results|
|Annual GHG Reductions||0 mt CO2e||30 mt CO2e|
|Job Training Participants||16||20|
- Northern Cheyenne Tribe: A Climate Showcase Community
- City of Denver, Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and Salt Lake City Receive Grants to Combat Greenhouse Gases, 2/25/2010