City to develop Climate Action Plan in partnership with IU

(June 15, 2020) – The City of Evansville announced it has begun the process of developing a Climate Action Plan (CAP) with the assistance of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute. Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will direct the plan development, supported by IU Resilience Cohort extern Carolyn Townsend, a dual masters degree student at the IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Timothy Weir.

The City is participating in the 2020 IU Resilience Cohort to support its climate action planning process. The results of Evansville’s community-wide Greenhouse Gas Inventory completed last Fall will help identify strategies the community can use to reduce GHG emissions in the future. The City expects to complete a draft of the CAP by September to share with City Council and other regional stakeholders. 

“Our Climate Action Plan will create immediate, lasting benefits to our community, including strengthened economic development, improved air quality, and reduced waste,” said Mayor Winnecke. “Engaging our citizens is vital, so we are conducting a survey and host virtual town hall meetings to gather community input.”

Other Indiana cities in the 2020 Resilience Cohort include: Carmel, Elkhart, Fishers, Fort Wayne, Gary, Goshen, Michigan City, Richmond, West Lafayette, and Zionsville. 

A CAP is a fundamental step for Hoosier cities and towns committed to protecting their communities from the impact of heavier rainfalls, more days above 90 degrees, frequent flash floods, and freeze-thaw events that cause potholes.

The City will conduct virtual town hall meetings this summer to enable residents and stakeholders to provide their input to the CAP. For greater convenience, morning and evening sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • June 23rd at 6pm
  • June 26th at 8:30am
  • June 30th at 5:30pm
  • July 8th at 6pm
  • July 9th at 6pm
  • July 14th at 6pm 
  • July 15th at 10am

Due to current COVID-19-related social-distancing requirements, these town halls will be conducted entirely online and are subject to change. To register and receive updates for the town halls and access additional information about the CAP, visit here.

Residents are encouraged to participate in a CAP survey, here.