A plan to make city government operations more environmentally friendly is taking shape and may be done by the end of the year. Goshen City Council members Monday received an update on the status of the Climate Action Plan, which is being created by the new Goshen Department of Environmental Resilience.
According to Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, city forester and director of the department, he and his staff have been working on the plan since June, utilizing as a resource the Youth Environmental Resolution passed by the council in the spring of 2019. He indicated that his hope is to have the plan completed by the end of the year.
“This summer’s work has focused on creating a Climate Action Plan focused only on local government operations,” Sawatsky-Kingsley said of the plan… At present, Sawatsky-Kingsley noted that there are three components of the plan. They include: a 2019 emissions inventory update, emissions projections up to 2035, and a compilation of emissions reduction strategies.