On Tuesday, the Goshen City Council passed an ordinance creating the new Department of Environmental Resilience.

City Forester Aaron Kingsley will head the department, which will work with all other City departments in finding more effective and sustainable approaches to the City’s (municipal government) operations.

While Kingsley will continue to work on the 45 by 45 tree canopy goal, the new department will allow him to also work with other department heads to cut costs and find more sustainable alternatives for operating our facilities. The new department will also provide educational opportunities for students and residents.

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and Clerk Treasurer Angie McKee signed the ordinance, making the new department official today, Friday, Sept. 6. Kingsley and City staff will be working in the next few months to set up the new department so it is fully operating by January of 2020.