Resilience Cohort

Next Year 1 Cohort: April - September 2021
Who can apply: Town, city, and county governments in Indiana

Applications will become available in October 2020 for the 2021 program.

Participants in Year 1 of the Resilience Cohort are guided through the process of conducting a community-wide inventory but have the option to simultaneously complete an inventory of emissions from local government operations.

  • Community-wide inventory: Local governments collect data on energy use (e.g., amount of electricity and natural gas used in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors), solid waste sent to the landfill (e.g., tons of waste), water use and treatment (e.g., the volume of digester gas produced per day), and transportation (e.g., vehicle miles traveled estimates) occurring within the jurisdiction’s boundary, among other sources.
  • Local government operations inventory: Local governments collect data on employee commutes (e.g., estimated miles traveled), government solid waste generation (e.g., tons of solid waste sent to the landfill), government building energy use (e.g., amount of electricity and natural gas used), and fuel used by the government’s vehicle fleet, among other sources.

Participation Benefits

  • Step-by-step guidance through the inventory process
  • Access to ClearPath, ICLEI’s comprehensive cloud-based inventory software
  • Indiana-specific training and technical assistance offered through 10 live webinars
  • One-on-one technical assistance
  • An Indiana-specific online network to facilitate resources, peer support, and cohort communications
  • “Power in numbers” to encourage timely and complete response to data requests (many agencies and utilities have never been asked for this data before)
  • Recognition through ICLEI's Milestones Award (upon inventory completion) and, if desired, marketing and communications support (e.g. press release template, participation in a final case study)
  • Access to the ICLEI Community, an online peer-city networking hub complete with greenhouse gas inventory training videos and crowd-sourced Q&A with dozens of cities, for the length of the cohort
  • Following the completion of the Cohort, participants will have the option to apply for a one-year ICLEI membership at a price reduced by the amount paid to participate in the Resilience Cohort

Another benefit of participating in the Resilience Cohort is access to ICLEI resources at a reduced rate, subsidized by grant funding. Participating local governments are asked to pay a fee based on population size.

Population >50,000: $500
Population <=50,000: $200

*A different pricing structure is available for local governments working as part of a regional inventory. Please contact ERI for more information.

In addition to this small fee, participants are required to provide

  • A dedicated government staff person to complete the inventory. ICLEI estimates local government staff time at 10 – 15 hours a month, on average, for five months (April 15 – September 15), plus the amount of time it takes to write an inventory report, if desired.
  • Optional: If the community decides to host an IU extern to support Cohort participation, the local government will need to provide a computer, workspace, and phone for the extern, and will be asked to contribute to the partial cost of the student stipend.

The 2019 Resilience Cohort provided 14 Indiana cities, towns, and counties with training, technical resources, a peer network and capacity to complete a community-scale greenhouse gas inventory.

2019 Resilience Cohort Summary Report    View text alternative of the report

2019 Participants

Bloomington, Carmel, Columbus, Delaware County / Muncie, Evansville, Fishers, Fort Wayne, Gary, Greencastle, Goshen, Michigan City, Oldenburg, Richmond, West Lafayette

Participant Press Releases and News Coverage

View news coverage about the participating communities' inventories.


The 2019 program was supported by the McKinney Family Foundation and Earth Charter Indiana.

What is a greenhouse gas inventory?
A greenhouse gas inventory is a fundamental first step to becoming a more resilient community. The inventory quantifies the carbon emissions released by man-made sources within a defined boundary in a twelve-month period. The process provides data on the amount of energy consumed, the diversity of energy supplied to the grid, a community's vehicle type and fuel usage distribution, and more. Communities completing inventories can use the data to set a baseline, identify a reduction target, and develop a plan for reducing those emissions.

Preparation of a greenhouse gas inventory is a fundamental first step for a city, town, or county committed to reducing carbon emissions and increasing energy efficiency.