This week, an IU graduate student joined the City of Goshen remotely as a summer extern, working with the Indiana Sustainability Development Program to help Goshen create a climate action plan.
Earlier this year, Goshen’s department of Environmental Resilience began meeting with representatives of 11 other cities around the state who will also be working on climate action plans this summer. We are being coached by the IU Environmental Resilience Institute and the ISDP.
The climate action plan they will develop is one of the items called for by the Youth Environmental Resolution, passed unanimously by the City Council in April 2019. In short, the climate action plan will lay out the details by which the city of Goshen government operations can work toward the goal of net zero emissions by 2035. This is a big goal, and an important one, built on the backbone of cost savings through greater efficiency, green infrastructure implementation, smarter energy consumption, and energy use reductions.