On August 24, Mayor Greg Goodnight will join select mayors from around Indiana to take part in a Climate Leadership Summit in Indianapolis. The event is co-convened by Carmel Mayor James Brainard and Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura. The non-partisan event will focus on how cities can do their part to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Mayor Goodnight will be part of a panel of mayors sharing their local success stories. In addition, Mayor Goodnight will be a speaker at a breakout session on “Jobs, Economic Development & Image,” along with Robin Winston, President of the Winston/Terrell Group and Jesse Kharbanda, Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council. Additional breakout sessions will cover topics such as Food & Water Security, Legal Issues and Environmental Justice.
“As mayors, we know that dealing with climate change starts with a focus on sustainability at the local level,” said Mayor Goodnight. “We have to take the first steps, whether it is planting trees to preserve our urban forest or right-sizing roads. These efforts need to be community-based and they need to start with us.”
Other mayors taking part in the summit include Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Logansport Mayor David Kitchell, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo and Fort Wayne Mayor Thomas Henry.
The summit will feature peer-to-peer conversations with discussions on climate change impacts on human health and city infrastructure.
The summit is being presented by Earth Charter Indiana, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading information and organizing efforts to fight climate change in the modern consumerist society.