Indiana Cities take on climate change

The Resilient Communities Campaign (RCC) is Earth Charter Indiana’s initiative that unites its Youth Power Indiana program with the recently-retired SI 2016.

The RCC is a collaborative project with and between Indiana cities ready to take on the challenge of climate change, and see it as an opportunity for green-sector jobs, infrastructure innovation, local food and energy production, community-building, and climate readiness. ECI will, in 2017, identify cities ready to lead the resiliency movement in Indiana, ultimately resulting in climate action plans and resiliency strategies. 

Our goal is 20 Indiana communities engaged in climate resiliency by 2020.

Climate Leadership Summit

In August of 2016, in partnership with Indiana Public Health Association, with the support of SESCO, Umbaugh, Purdue Climate Change Research Center, and Winston/Terrell, we held the first ever Climate Leadership Summit at the Interchurch in Indiana. There were a hundred people in attendance from all sectors of the community: health, faith, youth, engineering, etc. In all, 13 cities were represented, with 7 of those cities led by their mayors.

The day included plenary speeches by Indy Mayor Joe Hogsett, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, plus a panel that included Mayor Joe Stahura (Whiting), Greg Goodnight (Kokomo), Mayor Brainard, and Kumar Menon, director of Fort Wayne Utilities. We also enjoyed presentations by two climate scientists, Gabe Filippelli (IUPUI) and Jeffrey Dukes (Purdue). A series of breakout sessions dug deep into specific areas of resiliency (health, jobs, the role of youth, etc.). 

Subsequent to our Climate Leadership Summit, we visited numerous Indiana cities to present a plaque, thanking city leaders for their participation:

The Future

In 2017 we plan to hold another statewide summit, along with smaller, regional cluster gatherings.

For more information, contact Jim Poyser