A better future for Montana, Montanans, and the world.

Our Mission

MTCares advocates for building a better future for all Montanans through environmental stewardship and  sustainable development. Together we can  protect our land, our pocketbooks, and our freedom.

We are focusing all our efforts on I-187 to get Montana to at least 80% renewable energy by 2034. Once we get 25,468 approved signatures, it will go on the ballot for the November 2020 election.

Our Team

MTCares is run entirely by volunteers from across the state of Montana. We are a fellowship of citizens concerned about climate change. There are many ways to help, from  collecting signatures and working the phones to making donations and writing articles.

Russ Doty

ORGANIZER, LEGAL COUNSEL, VOLUNTEER

Russ is the original creator of Initiative 187. 

Russ Doty was born in Great Falls, Montana, grew up there and attended Montana State University (Bozeman) and the University of Montana (Missoula), where he earned a Masters’ Degree in Political Science.

Russ served in the Montana House of Representatives from 1967-9 and as council to the Montana Public Service Commission from 1975-6. He retired from the Western Area Office of the US Postal Service in 2004 and returned to Montana for 9 years, where he volunteered as Chair of the Billings, Montana, Energy Conservation Commission and served as CEO/General Council of New World WindPower, LLC, a position he is now retired from.

In 2013, he moved to Greeley, Colorado, but remained active in Montana (one of three states he became licensed to practice law in) as pro bono attorney in a case to require NorthWestern Energy to install LED street lighting to save more than 64% of the energy used to light our roads and to pay for it by reducing street lighting overcharges being assessed Montana communities and their taxpayers.

A geothermal system heats his home and Xcel Energy pays 9 cents a kWh for the production from its solar collector while allowing net-metering–for a total benefit of 20+ cents a kWh. The solar panels have produced 69,000 kWh and $13,800+ in value since being installed. He drives an all electric Nissan Leaf when not on long trips.

While recovering successfully from a recent stroke, a confirmation that his time is limited, he refocused by writing this Initiative and creating this MTcares website as part of his personal commitment to help mitigate looming problems associated with global warming in this state he owes so much to. If you are willing to help him, please click here.

Dr. Steven Running

Scientist | MISSOULA

Steven is a retired Regents Professor, Forest Ecology, College of Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana.

Steven is a retired Regents Professor, Forest Ecology, College of Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana.  He is responsible for developing the earth observing-oriented algorithms used by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA’s satellites, Terra and Aqua. He continues to be the lead investigator on this project. Running’s MOD17 algorithms are used to provide accurate and continuous global monitoring of the terrestrial biosphere,[1] specifically, generating near-real-time data sets for repeated monitoring of vegetation primary production on vegetated land at 1-km resolution at 8-day intervals.[2] These datasets are unique in that they provide global data on primary productivity and span a decade.

A recognized expert in global ecosystem monitoring, Running was invited to serve on the board of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2007, the IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about human-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”.[3][4] Running made the following statement about winning the prize: “We’ve got to get past all the petty bickering and get to work. This is about a big transition for society over the next 50 years. The path we are on is unsustainable. What the Nobel committee is saying is that we’ve got to wake up. We’ve got to change the course of the whole world.”[5]

Steve Running is co-author of the 2007 book, Forest Ecosystems,[6] and has published over 240 scientific papers.[7]

He is supporting the 80% by 2034 initiative and has agreed to review climate science posted on this site for correctness.

Dodie Andersen

Director | Missoula

Dodie is the Coordinator of Transition Missoula and serves on the board of AERO, which is working for a sustainable Montana. 

Dodie has lived in Missoula for ten years. Before that she spent five summers in Missoula while helping to update a home there. It was during those five years that she and her husband, Max, came to see how much they loved Missoula and Montana as a whole. They retired there and Dodie was one of the founding members of 350 Montana. Currently she is Coordinator of Transition Missoula and serves on the board of AERO, which is working for a sustainable Montana. 

While raising her four children, Dodie was very involved in PTA. She served as president at various PTA/PTSA’s levels and finally served for five years on the California State PTA Board of Managers. An elementary and middle school teacher by career she also was elected to a term on her local school board. Her five grandsons are the lights of her life and a strong motivation for her working for a livable planet.

Karen Stears

Director/PRIMARY I-187 CO-SPONSOR | Billings

Karen is a genetic counselor and member of the City of Billings Energy Conservation Committee.

Karen received her Masters in Genetic Counseling at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and works as a Genetic Counselor at St. Vincent Healthcare – Billings, Montana. She has three children, three English Labs, and a contagious love for gathering signatures.

Mike Mosolf

Treasurer | dILLON

Still an avid fisherman at age 82, Mike has been involved in environmental issues beginning with support of the 1964 Wilderness Act. He is a US Army veteran who also taught science, English, and history while coaching football in Twin Bridges and Heart Butte.

Mike has been a self-employed property manager in Dillon for 37 years and served for two years on the Montana ACLU board of directors. Twice, he has been a candidate for Beaverhead County HD 72. He collected enough signatures there in 2017-18 to qualify I-184 in that legislative district and intends to qualify I-187 there this time.

Su DeBree

DIRECTOR | Helena

Rev. Su DeBree is a retired United Methodist pastor who has served congregations throughout Montana and Wyoming the past thirty years. She is thankful to take part in MTCARES as we amplify our voices and work together to address the growing climate crisis, for the sake of all creation. 

Su grew up in Ronan, Montana, graduated in 1995 from the University of Montana and worked as a public school and community educator in Montana, Alaskan and Colorado communities from 1966-1990.  With her late husband Ken, Su raised a combined family of six children on a family ranch in the Birdseye community north of Helena.  She enjoys ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

With a persistent interest in science, Su has followed the changes in our environment and spoken out for many years about rising concerns.

Clara Bentler

DIRECTOR | BILLINGS/MISSOULA

Clara was a field fellow at Forward Montana Foundation in Billings. She recently graduated from Billings Senior High School as President of her class and will be attending the University of Montana this year to study political science and business.

Clara has always been interested in politics but for the longest time, had this idea in her head that it was a world for people who could vote and were old enough to understand what “fiscal year” or “appropriations” meant. It took a national, student-led movement for her to realize that students and young people have every right to be engaged in the discussion. She consented to be a MTCARES Board member because young folks have ideas and things to bring to the table. Age, race, or gender shouldn’t decide if they’re listened to or not.

It’s about #youngpeoplepower. Which is why she went to DC to take part in the ACLUs advanced advocacy program. There she got to meet many amazing organizers from all over the nation who all care so much about bettering their community and that makes her so incredibly hopeful and excited for the future. She and her friends helped qualify I-184 in House District 47 in 2018 and after a trip to see the glaciers in our park before they melt, are already jumping into the signature collecting process to put I-187 on the 2020 ballot.

Join the team!

Together we can make a better future for our state, the people who live here, and the world. There are a dozen ways to help and something everyone can do. 

  • Go Door to Door
  • Make phone calls.
  • Organize events
  • Help fundraise.
  • Write articles and emails
  • Notorize signatures

Elizabeth Stears (Billings) gathering signatures in Red Lodge