• Conduct Chartering Session
• Establish Leadership Framework
• Develop Interagency Agreement
• Draft Vision and Mission Statements
• Develop Communication Plan
• Identify Key Stakeholders
• Facilitate Action Plan Review Workshops
• Develop Resource Catalogue
• Prepare Schedule
• Perform Baseline Assessment
• Identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
• Integrate Approach with Existing Plans
• Identify and Prioritize Potential Program Initiatives
• Synthesize Data and Organize Initiatives
• Focus on Sustainability and Resilience
• Clean and Renewable Energy Alternatives
• Improved Transportation Options
• Reduced Waste Strategies
• Measurement and Verification of Metrics
• Development of New Policies
• Engaging with Local Businesses and Industries
• Public Outreach
The cities of Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County are joining forces in a historic, cooperative Climate Action Plan initiative. By proactively addressing climate change through mitigation and adaptation initiatives, these three agencies are committing to collectively lead economic, social, and environmental improvements throughout the region. The benefits for making this investment include the following:
Collaboration and engagement from residents, local industries, institutions, and businesses will be vital in the development of a synergistic and holistic Climate Action Plan. The cities of Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County invite these groups to join the municipalities in creating a sustainable “win-win” outcome together.
Climate change involves significant changes, over several decades or longer, in temperature, precipitation, wind patterns, and other aspects of climate. Weather varies naturally from year to year, so one unusually cold or wet year followed by an unusually warm or dry year would not be considered a sign of climate change. Climate change involves longer-term trends, such as a gradual shift toward warmer, wetter, or drier conditions.ii
» EPA’s Climate Change site provides details on the science and impacts of climate change, sources of emissions, a household emissions calculator, and much more.
» What You Can Do about Climate Change on EPA’s Climate Change site offers suggestions for what you can do at home, at the office, at school, and on the road to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.
» Climate.gov, run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, serves as a source for news and features on U.S. and global climate, maps and data, and resources for teachers.
» NASA’s Global Climate Change site provides news, educational information, apps, images, multimedia, and other resources.
» The U.S. Global Change Research Program conducts the U.S. National Climate Assessment and conducts a wide range of other research on climate change.
» Climate Change Evidence and Causes, a report by the National Academy of Sciences, looks at 20 common questions about climate change and provides authoritative answers from leading climate scientists.
» Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment provides a series of easily understandable reports that show how a changing climate will affect state and local interests.
i (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2021)
x (Purdue University, 2021)
There are a variety of organizations and efforts in our community that are diligently working to improve the environment. Many of these organizations provide ways for you to get involved through volunteering or provide information so you can learn more about climate change and how it will impact central Indiana. Here are some links to help you stay informed and active.
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