Greening the Pleasant Run Waterway

Greening the Pleasant Run Waterway

In partnership with the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Citizens’ Energy Group, ERI is pioneering a new model for water re-use in Pleasant Run Creek. The goal is to provide resiliency in fresh water supply and quality, reduced flooding risk, enhanced carbon sequestration, an improved wildlife corridor, and economic and neighborhood revitalization.

This project is developing and piloting measurement systems of social-environmental resiliency to climate change in an urban waterway under transition, including quantifying impacts of urban greening on human and environmental health (e.g., trail use, air and water quality) and testing for positive feedbacks between urban biodiversity restoration, citizen engagement via sharing of human-nature narratives and ecosystem resiliency.

Year one will involve community and partner conversations revolving around engaging stakeholders, acquiring and deploying analytical tools, and developing citizen-science frameworks to conduct this work.

The project is part of the Urban Green Infrastructure working group.