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Philosophy Walk: “Place, Climate Change & Urban Design: Some Practical Applications”

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm MDT

Place, Climate Change & Urban Design

Some Practical Applications

Walk Details

In this walk led by Dennis McCahon and Patrick Judge, we’ll explore the connections between Helena’s “sense of place,” climate change, and urban design.  Some of the things we’ll be focusing on include:

  • Sense of Place & Urban Environmentalism
    • What is urban environmentalism
    • Space vs. anti-space
    • Some key ingredients (as informed by our previous events)
  • City Sustainability Plans/Measures/Challenges
    • Sustainability & resilience
    • Helena’s history & current state (overview)
    • Challenges posed by climate change & its relationship to urban planning/design
  • Future Development/Planning in Helena
    • What is walkable (carbon neutral) urban design in Helena?  Are there other things we should also be thinking about relative to urban design and climate change?
    • How in practical terms does it tie in with thinking about place?
    • Helena’s future vision re urban planning (relative to challenges posed by climate change)

When & Where

This walk led by Dennis McCahon & Patrick Judge will take place on Sunday, May 29th 2022. No prior background in philosophy, urban planning, climate change, or sustainability is required to participate.

Walk Details

Date: Sunday, May 29th 
Time: 10am – 1pm MT
Starting Location:  Intersection of Main (Last Chance) & Placer 
Ending Location:  Carroll College

Registration Info

RSVP: Scroll down to register….
Cost: Free (Donations Welcome)
Other:  Bring comfortable walking shoes & water

See image, info & walking path route info below

Click here for a Google Map Links for starting location


Our Walking Path

Our planned walking path includes 4 stops with discussions at:

Women’s Park, Great Northern Town Center, Centennial Park, and Carroll College (to see some energy demos in the Civil Engineering Lab)

Walk Guides

About Dennis

A fourth-generation Helenan, self-taught artist, and former Helena city planner, Dennis has been fascinated by Helena’s architecture for decades.  His interests are wide-ranging and deep.  Dennis can often be seen walking the trails and streets of Helena, contemplating big ideas about our natural and built environments, history, and art.  A self-described urban design geek, Dennis offers a unique “urban environmentalist” perspective — which he defines as a perspective informed by an interest in “walkability” and the “preservation of habitat for curious pedestrians.” 

About Patrick

Patrick Judge has had the great pleasure of working on local, state, and regional energy issues since 1996. He has held sustainability positions with the Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC), the NW Energy Coalition, and the City of Helena. While at MEIC, he was appointed to the Governor’s Climate Change Advisory Committee (2006-2007) and the Helena Climate Change Task Force (2008-2009).

Patrick is currently employed as a physics instructor at Carroll College, and delights in teaching the “Energy and the Environment” course each spring. He stays connected to environmental work through the Helena Citizen Conservation Board, the Montana Renewable Energy Association board, and NorthWestern Energy’s USB Renewable Energy Advisory Committee. As for recreation, Patrick is passionate about distance running and other endurance sports, and is actively involved in the Helena Vigilante Runners club.

He looks forward to meeting you at the “Place, Climate Change & Urban Design” Philosophy Walk, and can be reached at [email protected] or 406-459-5838.


You will receive a confirmation of your RSVP shortly after you register via e-mail.  As the walk date approaches, we will contact you with any additional relevant information.  If you do NOT receive an e-mail shortly after registering, please contact [email protected]

For those who have not been on our walks before, you can get a feel for our walks and what they’re all about by visiting our walk archive page.  In the meantime, here is a logistical snapshot.

Here is  a general overview of what you can expect on our Philosophy Walks:

  • Free to the Public (donations welcome/appreciated)
  • 3 hour walks (opportunities for rest along the way)
  • Casual, positive & supportive experience
  • 1-2 philosophy guides
  • Small group sizes (generally 7-15 people; may be larger for special occasion walks)
  • Ample opportunity to enjoy nature

To get the most out of your experience with us and enjoy a healthy & safe walk, please bring with you on the day of the walk/hike:

  • Water & Snack
  • Weather appropriate attire & sun protection
  • A walking stick/Trekking poles
  • Comfortable Shoes/Hiking Boots

Make a Donation Here

Our philosophy walks are FREE.  That said, for those who still have the steady income to do so in these trying times, we could really use your financial support right now.  Donations help to cover walk guide honorariums, implementation, resource archiving, and more!  You can make a donation by clicking here or on the button above.  For those facing more challenging financial circumstances, we ask that you please try to “pay it forward” with acts of kindness for your neighbors and community. 

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