Missoula College Energy Technology Program Earns Montana Innovator Award

September 01, 2015

MISSOULA – Gov. Steve Bullock joined Missoula Mayor John Engen on Aug. 27 in Missoula to hand out Montana Innovator Awards. The Energy Technology Program at Missoula College University of Montana was among six entities recognized for its contributions to the state of Montana in an effort to “put the squeeze on climate change.”

Under the leadership of MC Associate Professor Bradley Layton, the Energy Technology Program introduces students to the full suite of energy systems and technologies – traditional and renewable – and prepares them for careers in the rapidly expanding energy industry. Missoula College is also building a brand-new, LEED-certified campus in Hellgate Canyon. Layton, his students and his alumni are working with local industries and inventors on renewable energy technologies and carbon pollution mitigation strategies.

Bullock presented the awards on behalf of Montanans for Good Jobs and Clean Air. The organization is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and businesses united in support of leaders who, like Bullock, are committed to a responsible energy future.

“One of tomorrow’s most pressing challenges will be creating more good-paying jobs in our energy economy, while at the same time keeping our Big Sky clean, our rivers cold, our agriculture thriving and our kids healthy,” Bullock said.

The other Missoula-area recipients of the Montana Innovator Awards are:

  • The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
  • Energetechs
  • Flathead Electric Cooperative MMW Architects
  • Solar Plexus

Contact: Bradley Layton, assistant professor and director of Energy Technology Program, Missoula College, 406-203-2365, bradley.layton@umontana.edu.