bloomington indiana climate justice town hall

Outcomes and Conclusions

To continue the conversation, the commission plans to create a public feedback report on the event to present to the Bloomington City Council. The Commission hope this allows for further discussion on how to integrate equity within the city’s climate plan implementation, including the potential development of a racial equity impact assessment tool for Bloomington. While such policy measures will require further engagement with stakeholders, government, and city council members, the town hall provided a venue for an in-depth discussion of environmental equity and justice issues within the community.  


Event planners reported technical difficulties in hosting a hybrid event. Simultaneously coordinating among in-person and digital audiences made it difficult to engage all participants in conversation at once. While the commission hoped to facilitate a single discussion among all attendees, the hybrid platform separated the event into two conversations—one being held in-person and one online.  

Takeaway Message

Lauren Clemens, Assistant Director of Sustainability: “This is the beginning and continuation of a conversation. Any opportunity you have to communicate and engage with the public is productive because it strengthens relationships with the community and city government.”  

Colin Murphy, Bloomington Commission on Sustainability, Former Commissioner:Cities have an invaluable opportunity to rectify the unfortunate history of environmental injustice and to begin to fulfill the constitutional mandates in the 5th and 14th amendments. Cities across the country are taking seriously the issue of climate justice and climate mitigation. My vision is for the City of Bloomington, in a binding way, to do the same and fulfill the due process clause.”

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