Media Event Scheduled to Discuss Climate Change Threats to Grizzly Bears

March 31, 2014

MISSOULA – With the annual college basketball tournaments just finishing, a new National Wildlife Federation report, which can be read online at, shows how changing climate is creating a new battle for college mascots all over the country, including the University of Montana’s Grizzlies.

Never backing down from a challenge, UM Mascot Monte, students, professors and administrators will join National Wildlife Federation officials to host a media event to discuss the threats facing grizzly bears due to changing climate. The media event will begin at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Adams Center Sky Club.

The university will outline steps being taken to address carbon emissions. UM students will present their “big check” to partially fund carbon offsets to meet UM’s 2015 emission reduction goal.

In 2010, UM adopted a Climate Action Plan detailing strategies to reduce and neutralize all of its carbon emissions. The first goal of the plan is to reduce emissions 10 percent below 2007 levels by 2015. Students support the plan and are raising funds to purchase carbon offsets to meet the 2015 goal. Important energy-efficiency work on campus is reducing emissions, just not fast enough.  

Presenters include Mike Reid, UM vice president for administration and finance; Steve Running, UM Regents Professor and director of the Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group; Sterling Miller, retired grizzly bear biologist; Eva Rocke, Associated Students of UM sustainability coordinator; Kara Colovich, UM student; Dave Dittloff, National Wildlife Federation regional representative; and UM Mascot Monte. 

For more information, call Dittloff at 406-214-8109 or email; call Cherie Peacock, director for UM’s Office of Sustainability, at 406-243-6001 or email; or call Eva Rocke at 406-243-4856 or email


Note to the media: The presenters can be contacted directly. Their phone and email addresses are: Reid, 406-243-4606,; Running, 406-243-6311,; Miller, 406-531-8361,; Rocke,406-243-4856,; Colovich,307-349-3458,; and Dittloff, 406-214-8109,






Contact: Cherie Peacock, director, UM Office of Sustainability, 406-243-6001,