Climate Action Plan

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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 is excited to join with thousands of cities across the world to lower its greenhouse gas 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, led by the Zionsville Parks & Recreation Department, 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 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 Climate Action Plan outlines steps to take to reduce the Town’s contribution to climate change. Our Climate Action Plan will be 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.

2018 Zionsville Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Baseline Model

GHG-2018[1]

Forecast Projections by Sector from 2018 - 2050

GHG-range 2018 to 2049

Zionsville Emissions by Sector at Benchmark Years (2018, 2035, 2049)

GHG-3 years[1]

How Can I Help?

1. Part of this action plan involves incorporating public input by engaging residents and community stakeholders. Zionsville residents, businesses and organizations are asked to complete a series of surveys:

2. Share this page with friends, family and colleagues who may be interested so we can make a plan that includes people of many different sectors.

3. Measure your carbon impact with a carbon footprint calculator.

4. Email us!

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These tables are from the Environmental Resilience Institute’s Hoosier Resilience Index Tool that can be found at https://hri.eri.iu.edu

The Medium Emissions Scenario is a projection of a future in which we curb GHG emissions globally.
The High Emissions Scenario projects a future in which little or no intervention is taken to reduce global GHG emissions.