Release: Indy Council Needs to Lead on the Environment

For Immediate Release                                                                            

 September 22, 2019


Indy Council Needs to Lead on the Environment


Candidate John Barth proposes standing committee to oversee Indianapolis environmental and related proposals


INDIANAPOLIS – John Barth, candidate for City/Council District 7 and former Council Vice President, today unveiled a proposed ordinance to create a standing “Environment Committee.” He said the committee is needed to provide leadership and oversight of the City’s environment and natural resources. 

 “Clean air, water, and soil should not be luxuries – every Indianapolis citizen should expect a clean environment,” said Barth. “Establishing an Environment Committee is an important step toward achieving a sustainable infrastructure to ensure we protect our natural assets for future generations and for improved quality of life today.” 

 The committee’s charge will be to:

  • Ensure the Thrive Indianapolis Plan, meant to make our city more resilient in the face of climate threats, has the Council support needed to achieve its goals;

  • Work to achieve environmental equity;

  • Promote more open spaces and methods to pay for them;

  • Enhance recycling options;

  • Ensure city supported investments promote environmental responsibility.

Barth’s proposal establishing the committee has been drafted and, if elected, he will introduce it the first day of Council business in 2020.