Climate Action Plan

Alison Clark Zajdel

alzajdel@gmail.com

Environmental Sustainability Commission

In 2019, Richmond was selected as one of 12 cities to participate in IU's 2020 Resilience Cohort: Planning for Action, which will provide Richmond with the opportunity to analyze the results of our community greenhouse gas inventory and develop a climate action plan.

As part of the cohort, Richmond will receive support from the Environmental Resilience Institute, ICLEI USA, and have a 10-week summer extern through Sustain IU’s Indiana Sustainability Development Program to boost staff capacity for the project.

In 2019, Richmond was selected as one of 12 cities to participate in IU's 2020 Resilience Cohort: Planning for Action, which will provide Richmond with the opportunity to analyze the results of our community greenhouse gas inventory and develop a climate action plan.

As part of the cohort, Richmond will receive support from the Environmental Resilience Institute, ICLEI USA, and have a 10-week summer extern through Sustain IU’s Indiana Sustainability Development Program to boost staff capacity for the project.

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.

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

Process

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The Greenhouse Gas Inventory completed in 2019 is the basis for the Climate Action Planning work being done this year. Below is a schedule outlining the steps and timeline for the process ahead.

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report: COMPLETE
  • Emissions Forecast Predictions: COMPLETE
  • Data Gathering includes: Internal Research, Community Engagement, Readiness Assessments: In-process, Summer 2020
  • Emissions Reduction Strategy: Late Summer 2020
  • Climate Action Plan: Fall 2020

The Climate Action Plan will incorporate actions in alignment with Richmond's new Community Action Plan, Richmond Rising.

About the Hoosier Resiliency Index

The Hoosier Resiliency Index is a tool developed by IU for local governments in Indiana to better understand some of the risks they face as a result of the changing climate—increased heat and changes in precipitation amounts and patterns—and to assess their own readiness for those impacts. Based on our unique climate vulnerabilities, ERI developed a Richmond-specific Readiness Assessments addressing eight sectors listed below. Those whose work intersects with the sectors have been asked to submit a Readiness Assessment in order to provide a full picture for our community. Curious what questions are asked? Click the links below to downloads pdfs of the assessment for each sector.

Get involved!

Climate change impacts everyone. Your voice matters. The better we understand how climate impacts Richmond on the individual level, the more greater impact Richmond's first climate action plan will have. Please contact us to schedule a time to meet!

Project Team

Alison Zajdel, Environment Sustainability Commission President
Matt Evans, GIS Coordinator, City of Richmond
Kate Kotan, Community Development Coordinator, City of Richmond
IU ERI Index Team
IU Extern

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About the Prepared for Environmental Change Initiative
The Indiana University Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative brings together a broad, bipartisan coalition of government, business, nonprofit and community leaders to help Indiana better prepare for the challenges that environmental changes bring to our economy, health and livelihood. Announced in May 2017, Prepared for Environmental Change is working to deliver tailored and actionable solutions to communities across the state of Indiana.

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