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UM Students Cycle the Rockies While Studying Energy, Climate Change

In May eight students and two University of Montana instructors pedaled out of Billings to begin a four-week, 700-mile cycling expedition to explore the state, its opportunities for producing clean energy and the impacts of climate change.

Now in its fifth year the annual Cycle the Rockies: Energy and Climate Change in Montana course will make its way across the state ending in Glacier National Park in June.  Along the way, students tour a range of energy production sites, learn from a variety of state, industry and environmental experts, and meet with local Montanans concerned with the impacts of climate change and energy sustainability on their communities.

The route began in eastern Montana with a tour of an oil refinery in the industrial core of Billings. The group continued pedaling north and west through grasslands and island mountain ranges on the central plains, visiting energy-efficient buildings and production sites for wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power along the way.  Next they will ride along the Rocky Mountain Front observing climate change impacts.

Following the students as they make their way across the state on their blog at

The course is offered for UM credit through the Wild Rockies Field Institute and is led by Jen Poltraz, John Todd and Noah Pollock.