Climate Action Plan

Zionsville is taking action on climate change. Join us in this critical work to protect our Town within a park.

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Indiana University's Resilience Cohort

The Town of Zionsville is one of 11 communities selected to be part of Indiana University's Resilience Cohort. The Town joins with thousands of cities across the world to lower its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change.

Greenhouse Gas Inventory

The Town of Zionsville is making a commitment to address climate change. In the spring of 2020 the Town of Zionsville conducted a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This inventory was the first step in the climate action planning process.

The inventory measured energy used for buildings, vehicles, transit systems, waste disposal and other activities by Zionsville residents and will help the Town understand where the community can achieve emissions reductions.

What is a Climate Action Plan?

A Climate Action Plan (CAP) is a fundamental step for Indiana cities and towns committed to protecting their communities from heavier rainfalls in spring and winter, more river and flash floods and more freeze-thaw events that lead to potholes, among other impacts. A CAP outlines steps to take to reduce the Town’s contribution to climate change. Our CAP is a road map for the Town of Zionsville to implement changes that increase sustainability efforts and reduce GHG emissions, lessening the impact we have on our environment. 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Baseline Model
Greenhouse Gas  Forecast by Sector
Greenhouse Gas Forecast By Sector

Curbside Compost Pickup

We've partnered with Earth Mama Compost to offer residents special pricing for curbside compost pickup. Earth Mama Compost is a local woman-owned business providing fee-based curbside compost to residents. 

Zionsville residents can sign up for this service for $10/month, a discount of 50%. Sign up is available through the Earth Mama website. If 300 households participate and compost just 25% of their solid waste weekly, we will divert 86 tons of waste from landfills annually. 

Those who sign up will receive a starter kit from Earth Mama Compost that includes a compost bucket, an 8-gallon compostable liner, a small countertop bin to keep in the kitchen and a roll of 3-gallon liners. Earth Mama will replace the compostable liner and provide a complimentary bucket of compost in the spring. All compostable kitchen scraps are picked up by Earth Mama Compost every other week (contactless pickup) and dropped off at GreenCycle where they are transformed into soil-enriching compost. 

Zionsville and Earth Mama Compost