Recently, the city of Evansville has begun work on a Climate Action Plan (CAP), headed up by Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute representative Carolyn Townsend and Timothy Weir, administrator, Commission on Homelessness for Evansville and Vanderburgh County. This strategic plan is set to outline how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change.
“But this plan will go so much further beyond that,” says Townsend. “We’re hoping this plan is comprehensive in that we’re addressing other issues such as food insecurity and food deserts in our area.”
To be as comprehensive as possible, Townsend and Weir spent June and July surveying residents, organizations, and businesses. In gathering data, they hope the community takes a personal role in climate action.
“We want to get across that this is a long-term plan designed to span across decades,” says Noah Stubbs, director of communications for Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “Our goal is to make a plan that is attainable and practical for the community.”