Make the Region Resilient with a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

Make the Region Resilient with a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

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Alex Bazan started this petition to City and Town Councilmembers and Mayors of the Northwest Indiana Region and

A fundamental step to reducing our impact on the environment is by taking a greenhouse gas emissions inventory.

A greenhouse gas emissions inventory is a full accounting of our energy consumption, such as the energy we consume from the electric grid and transportation. By completing an inventory, we can use the data we collect to develop a plan to reduce our impact.

Taking proactive steps to protect the environment can be costly. But the Resilience Cohort, a program by Indiana University, assists local cities and towns in Indiana in completing an inventory at a fraction of the cost. The program also sends an intern for the summer to complete the inventory.

Both Republican and Democratic led cities, towns, and counties in Indiana have participated in this program with towns as small as 700 to over 100,000 in population. This is truly a bipartisan program.

Normally an inventory can cost at least $15,000. IU pays the bulk of the cost, potentially making it possible for municipalities to pay as little as $1,700. And through a regional approach, we have an opportunity to lower costs even more through cost sharing.

The Northwest Indiana region is truly a region. We rely on other towns and cities in so many ways, and the effects of environmental degradation in one community affects neighboring communities too. We have a unique opportunity to make a HUGE IMPACT by understanding our collective role on our environment

How do we know what we can fix if we don't know what's fixable? By doing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory we will know:

  • How much emissions we contribute
  • What sources cause the most emissions

And with that knowledge we can develop a plan to:

  • Reduce emissions cost-effectively
  • Improve public health
  • Mitigate the effects of climate change
  • Be a resilient Region that is prepared for climate change

Do the easy ask. Sign our petition so that we send a signal to our elected officials that the Region wants a greenhouse gas emissions inventory.

This inventory is a win-win. It's affordable, it better informs our elected officials, and it challenges us to plan for a more resilient future. It's what we expect from our elected officials. Let's be proactive. Let's be prepared. Let's protect our environment and secure our future! Sign our petition and pass it on!

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