The City of Richmond takes stock of greenhouse gas emissions as part of IU Inaugural Resilience Cohort
Richmond will spend the summer collecting information about community-wide greenhouse gas emissions as one of thirteen communities selected to be a part of Indiana University’s first Resilience Cohort.
Findings from the community-wide greenhouse gas inventory will be used to help residents and local officials understand Richmond’s current emissions profile and to help city employees create an action plan to reduce emissions, increase energy efficiency and improve air quality.
A greenhouse gas inventory is a fundamental first step for Hoosier cities, towns and counties committed to combating the climatic changes communities in Indiana are already experiencing, such as heavier rainfalls in spring and winter, more river and flash flood events and more freeze-thaw events wreaking havoc on transportation infrastructure and potholes. The inventory process will be based on 2017/18 data on the amount of energy consumed, the diversity of energy supplied to the grid, vehicle fuel use within the city boundary, the amount of waste generated within the city boundary and more.
According to Mayor Dave Snow, “We, at the City of Richmond, are excited to be on the leading edge of this initiative in Indiana. Richmond is a forward thinking city, with an eye on sustainability. We are eager to play a role in collecting this imperative data with the hope it will lead to future solutions across our great Hoosier state.”
The Resilience Cohort was established by the Environmental Resilience Institute, an Indiana University Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative. The Cohort is made up of 13 Indiana cities, towns and counties that will complete their inventories this summer. As part of the Cohort, Richmond has access to technical resources, a peer network, and training through ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, a nonprofit that specializes in helping local governments with emissions inventories.
“We are delighted that these 13 Indiana communities have chosen to take a critical early step on the path to reducing carbon emissions and enhancing air quality,” said Ellen Ketterson, Director of IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute. “The findings from these greenhouse gas inventories will provide a roadmap for local officials to address emissions produced in their own backyards, improve public health, and strengthen the resilience of Hoosier communities.”
Richmond’s data collection and processing will be conducted by Marcella Lanzillotti, a senior at Earlham College majoring in Environmental Sustainability. Marcella first learned about this internship at her College Fair and says, “Being involved in Richmond’s first greenhouse gas inventory is a really exciting project for the community. I’m looking forward to working on the behind the scenes research of what I’ve been studying (Environmental Sustainability).”
The City anticipates that the inventory will be done by the completion of the Resilience Cohort, September 15, 2019. The final inventory will be shared with the Richmond Rising Comprehensive Planning Committee to ensure sustainability is factored into future planning and development.
Other Resilience Cohort participants include Bloomington, Carmel, Columbus, Delaware County / Muncie, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Greencastle, Goshen, Michigan City, Oldenburg, and West Lafayette.
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.
For more information, visit the project website.