Resilience Cohort

What is a Climate Action Plan?

A Climate Action Plan is a document used to set emissions reduction goals and identify actions to meet these goals. Local governments select actions based on data from completed greenhouse gas inventories and input from the public. 

Climate Action Plans Examples

Actions Typically Found in Midwestern Climate Action Plans

  • Energy efficiency and conservation measures
  • Clean energy projects
  • Waste reduction or recycling programs
  • Public transportation upgrades
  • Expansion of tree canopy coverage
  • Embracing and supporting electric and alternative fuel vehicles
  • Improved stormwater management and retention
  • Encouraging adoption of alternative commute incentives by local businesses and organizations

Partnership with Sustain IU's Indiana Sustainability Development Program

The Environmental Resilience Institute partners with Sustain IU's Indiana Sustainability Development Program (ISDP) to place IU undergraduate and graduate students with local governments participating in the Resilience Cohort. Students work for 10 weeks full time between May and August. 

2020 Program Timeline

January-April 2020

The 2020 Resilience Cohort began in January. From January through April, Environmental Resilience Institute staff and ICLEI USA will work with the staff liaison from participating communities to identify, evaluate, and begin to prioritize carbon-reducing opportunities. Institute staff will help the liaisons with greenhouse gas reduction strategy analysis and ICLEI USA will provide software and technical assistance through regularly scheduled webinars, individual consultation, facilitated peer networking, and guidance on specific tasks for target setting, forecasting emission reductions, identifying benefits and costs of greenhouse gas reduction actions, and selecting strategies to engage community members. Participating communities will select a greenhouse gas reduction target as a basis for prioritizing reduction actions.

May-September 2020

ISDP interns will receive an in-person training to bring them up to speed on their host community's work, and will start their placements. Summer tasks, whether with or without the support of an intern, will include drafting the climate action plan, coordinating community input and cross-departmental participation, and completing other analysis as needed. Local governments will be encouraged to complete their draft climate action plans by September 2020.

October-December 2020

One last community review of the final draft will take place, in anticipation of going to the mayor, city or town council, county commission, or other approving body for adoption.

Combined Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

Some Cohort participants are opting to use the Institute's Hoosier Resilience Index to integrate climate adaptation goals into their climate planning process. Those communities will begin to analyze and understand how they will be impacted by climate change and have already begun using the Index's Readiness Assessment

The Institute thanks the McKinney Family Foundation and the Duke Energy Foundation for their generous support of the 2020 Resilience Cohort.