CLimate Leadership summit 3: September 13, 2018

Stay tuned for updates on CLS4 in 2019!

We want to thank our Sponsors, Partners, Volunteers, Presenters, and Coordinators for making CLS3 possible.

Sponsors: Indiana University’s Grand Challenge Prepared for Environmental Change, The McKinney Family Foundation, Cummins Inc., SESCO group, Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, Eskenazi Health, LISC Indianapolis, and the Indiana Public Health Association.

Presenters: Dr. Jeff Dukes, PCCRC; Janet McCabe, IU Environmental Resilience Institute; Therese Dorau, City of South Bend Director of Sustainability; and Kumar Menon City of Fort Wayne Utilities.


Englewood CDC at Englewood Christian Church

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Participating Cities 2018:

Angola, Batesville, Bloomington, Carmel, Columbus, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Logansport, North Vernon, South Bend, West Lafayette


About CLS

 The Climate Leadership Summit is our annual, statewide conference specially designed for mayors, city leaders, and community partners to discuss how to prepare for the changing climate. We focus on mitigation and adaptation through green jobs, renewable energy, public health, sustainable food, water conservation, communication and outreach, and youth engagement, among many other important topics. We celebrate the progress Indiana communities have already achieved and give cities the opportunity to share best practices. Check out photos and videos on our Facebook page of last year's #CLS2017!

Cities Participating in 2017: Indianapolis, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Goshen, Logansport, North Vernon, Whiting, Gary, Kokomo, Crawfordsville, Bloomington, Muncie, Lafayette, Evansville, Angola, West Lafayette, Columbus



In August 2016, we inaugurated this remarkable gathering, the first of its kind, the Climate Leadership Summit. Our founding mayors, Jim Brainard and Joe Stahura, along with Earth Charter Indiana, convened mayors, their delegations, experts, and advocates from across the state for a day of intensive learning. The purpose was simple: to inspire action to create climate resilient communities across the Hoosier State.

We left with a commitment to continue our conversation and find ways to support each other as we move into an era of great uncertainty and opportunity in addressing climate change. Over the past year, that drum beat of solutions-oriented climate action has only gotten louder and we’ve seen some remarkable successes in many of our communities. 


Cities and Mayors

Mayors and cities can bring a delegation of up to six people from their city who represent key stakeholder areas—leaders from faith, business, environment, youth, etc.—who are committed to building a vision of a more resilient Indiana.

The 2017 Climate Leadership Summit was co-hosted by 7 Hoosier Mayors: 

  • Mayor Todd Barton, Crawfordsville

  • Mayor Jim Brainard, Carmel

  • Mayor Greg Goodnight, Kokomo

  • Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary

  • Mayor Joe Hogsett, Indianapolis

  • Mayor Dave Kitchell, Logansport

  • Mayor Joe Stahura, Whiting


Community Partners

We are grateful to our sponsors and community partners who made this important event possible. If your organization would be interested in getting involved, please contact us.

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