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Climate change action plan begins in Tippecanoe County

A new Climate Action Plan Project will help shape a greener future in Tippecanoe County.

Posted: Sep 22, 2020 6:16 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2020 6:18 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County are coming together to create a more eco-friendly community. It’s part of a new county-wide Climate Action Plan Project.

The county is partnering with Chicago-based engineering firm Greeley and Hansen for the project. They will help create an environmental plan focusing on more eco-friendly practices and policies.

"We're working on making sure our environment is going to be a healthy environment not just in our time, but for the future,” said West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis.

The plan was approved by County Commissioners Monday. Both Lafayette and West Lafayette Board of Works approved the plan at their meetings Tuesday.

According to Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, Tippecanoe County is the first place in the state where two cities and the county have come together to create a climate action plan.

"We're always going to come out better when we work together like this. We're going to have something that's more comprehensive and that we're going to get more bang for our buck for in making a true measurable difference,” said Roswarski.

Lafayette Economic Development’s Project Manager Margy Deverall said the new project will help address issues caused by the changing climate.

"The climate has already changed. So there are things that we need to and plan for right now to prepare for things that are going to impact the city, the residents and business,” said Deverall.

The project will be split into five different phases. The first two will focus on developing schedules and communication plans for the project.

"Going forward we can make sure that we're not making it worse and look at policy changes, practices, good practices that will help prevent it from getting worse,” said Deverall.

Last year, West Lafayette passed a resolution to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency.

"We have made some significant mistakes in so far as taking care of our base, of our home, of our planet. And it's now time to reverse that change,” said Dennis.

Dennis said having a county-wide initiative will greatly benefit the community moving forward.

"This is how we take all the small projects and all the great work thats been done individually, put it into one strong collaborative effort and really start having some metrics that we can move toward in the future,” said Dennis.

Phases one and two are expected to take around two years to complete. After, the project will focus on public outreach and implementation.

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