Climate Action Plan

The Town of Zionsville is excited to join with thousands of cities across the world to lower its greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the effects of Climate Change. 

As part of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute’s Resilience Cohort, the Town of Zionsville joined 11 other communities in Indiana to develop a climate action plan that improves the resiliency and sustainability efforts of the Town of Zionsville while reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

This page is a resource for residents to learn about Climate Change, the current Greenhouse Gas emissions The Town of Zionsville is producing, as well as how residents can participate in the planning process. 

Learn more about the Resilience Cohort here 

Starkey Park Trees

Greenhouse Gas Inventory

In the spring of 2020 the Town of Zionsville conducted a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This inventory, led by the Zionsville Parks & Recreation Department, was the first step in the climate action planning process.

The inventory measured energy used for buildings, vehicles, transit systems, waste disposal and other activities by Zionsville residents and will help the Town understand where the community can achieve emissions reductions.

What is a Climate Action Plan?

A climate action plan is a fundamental step for Indiana cities and towns committed to protecting their communities from heavier rainfalls in spring and winter, more river and flash floods and more freeze-thaw events that lead to potholes, among other impacts. A Climate Action Plan outlines steps to take to reduce the Town’s contribution to climate change.Our Climate Action Plan will be a road map for the Town of Zionsville to implement changes that increase sustainability efforts and reduce GHG emissions, lessening the impact we have on our environment.

How Can I Help?

 We want to collect a diverse, thoughtful amount of opinions and ideas from the community. 

  • Share this page with friends, family and colleagues who may be interested so we can make a plan that includes people of many different sectors.
  • Part of this action plan involves incorporating public input by engaging residents and community stakeholders. Zionsville residents, businesses and organizations are asked to complete a brief Zionsville Climate and Sustainability Interest Survey.
  • Measure your carbon impact with a carbon footprint calculator! 
zionsville extreme heat
zionsville extreme precipitation

These tables are from the Environmental Resilience Institute’s Hoosier Resilience Index Tool that can be found at

The Medium Emissions Scenario is a projection of a future in which we curb GHG emissions globally.
The High Emissions Scenario projects a future in which little or no intervention is taken to reduce global GHG emissions.