Indiana Statewide Climate Action Training Cohort

Status

Start: April 2019
End: September 2019
Client or funder: Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University in partnership with the Indiana University Office of Sustainability’s Indiana Sustainability Development Program

Context

Facing increasingly frequent heat waves, seasonal shifts, and flood events, the State of Indiana is already feeling the impacts of a changing climate. In response, Indiana University is leading the charge to prepare Indiana communities to mitigate and prepare for climate change. For 2019, IU’s Environmental Resilience Instiute conceived of the 2019 Resilience Cohort in partnership with ICLEI USA to provide 14 Indiana cities, towns, and counties with training, technical tools, a peer network, and a sequenced capacity-building program to complete their community-scale greenhouse gas inventory.

The 2019 Cohort was part of Indiana University’s Indiana Sustainability Development Program (ISDP). The partnership connected undergraduate and graduate student externs with eight of the participating local governments to assist with the inventories and, in turn, help train a future workforce of climate analysts.

We would not have had the internal capacity to complete GHG Inventory based on current staffing levels” – Lauren Travis, Assistant Director of Sustainability, City of Bloomington, IN
Indiana Sustainability Development Program Extern Reena Azlan presents to her community during the cohort kick-off meeting
Mayor of Evansville, Lloyd Winnecke (left), kicks off the GHG inventory cohort engagement with Extern, Erin Lasher (center), and Evansville Director of Code Enforcement, Crystal Harper (right)
City of Goshen Forester Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley (right) discusses GHG inventory data collection with the City’s extern, Bronson Bast (second from right) and Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute program staff.

Project Activity

Participating local governments received access to:

  • ClearPath, ICLEI’s cloud-based inventory software
  • Indiana-specific traning and online network
  • one-on-one technical assistance
  • access to ICLEI’s online peer networking community
  • recognition through ICLEI’s Milestones Award upon completion of their inventories, which were prepared in compliance with the U.S. Community Protocol for GHG Emissions Inventories.

Outcomes

13 of the 14 communities completed their greenhouse gas inventory.

Communities can now use the inventories’ data to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and develop their plans for achieving these goals.

Those Involved

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

“I am so thankful for having ICLEI as a partner in the Resilience Cohort program. Their technical expertise and the platform they have for providing support exponentially increased our ability to guide Indiana communities on their path towards climate resilience and greenhouse gas mitigation.” – Andrea Marie Webster, Implementation Manager, Environmental Resilience Institute, Indiana University

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