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NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

FOR RETROFITTING OF A TVI CAMERA TRUCK'S CRAWLER EQUIPMENT Click here to review full RFP. The City of Goshen has issued a Request for Proposals for the purchase and retrofitting of a TVI camera truck’s crawler equipment and Trade-in of current equipment. The complete Request for Proposals packet... more

POST OFFICE DELAYS MAY AFFECT UTILITIES CUSTOMERS

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

It has come to the attention of Goshen Utilities the U.S. Postal Service is having issues with mail delivery. This delay in mail service is affecting some utility customers by causing their utility payment to be late. For customers concerned about the timely delivery of their utility payment,... more

WINDCHILL BRINGS SUBZERO TEMPS TO GOSHEN

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Goshen is seeing the first cold snap of the season, with strong winds and subzero temperatures sweeping through today and tomorrow. The National Weather Service predicts wind gusts to increase up to 45 mph, with wind chill values of 0 to -15 degrees tonight and Thursday night. Please dress warmly... more

Upcoming Events All »

Traffic Commission

Thursday, January 20, 2022, 4:30pm

This meeting is in-person only.

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, January 24, 2022, 2:00pm

To join the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84748004365 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 847 4800 4365 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Board of Aviation

Monday, January 24, 2022, 2:00pm

This meeting is in-person only.

Environmental Resilience

GHG Emissions    Climate Action    Zero Waste   Forestry

 

Aaron Sawatsky Kingsley, Director of Environmental Resilience

     

     Rieth Interpretive Center
     410 W. Plymouth Ave.
     Goshen, IN 46526
     (574) 534-0076
   
 Environmental@goshencity.com

 


The Department of Environmental Resilience works out of Reith Intrepretative Center at 410 Plymouth Ave. The department is the City's hub for Environmental Programming offering Nature Hikes as well as School and Community Programs.

The Rieth Interpretive Center’s primary purpose is education, with a focus on interpreting the natural, cultural, and industrial heritage of our community. Through its programs and its use opportunities, the Center will exemplify the concept of reconciliation between man and environment. The Center provides universal access to all of its educational opportunities.

Hours: Open to the public on Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm and open Fridays 8 am - 3 pm for programs, activities, and events. The facility is located at Millrace Park, 410 W. Plymouth Ave.     


Nature Hikes: Take a walk in the woods as we look for wildflowers, signs of bird nests, wildlife habitats and multi-colored leaves. Join us in observing nature and the changing seasons. Start your day with a breath of crisp, invigorating autumn air! For more information, call the Reith Center at (574) 534-0076.


School and Community Programs: Schedule a field trip to the Rieth Interpretive Center for your school group, club, scouts, home school, church group, seniors group or whomever. We will create a program based on your interest, complete with a nature hike and an indoor presentation.   

Program topics include, but are not limited to, those listed below: 

  • The Seasons
  • Using Our Senses Outdoors
  • Food Chains
  • Dissecting Owl Pellets - Not open till 2022
  • I Dig Dinosaurs - Not Open till 2022
  • Night and Day
  • Recycling
  • Nature Hikes
  • Bird Walk
  • Conservation/Preservation
  • Geology
  • Regional History
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Sustainability

Thank You for Your Support!

Donations of food for wildlife and monetary donations are greatly appreciated. We thrive on the generosity and goodwill of our community. Support the programs at Rieth Interpretive Center today by contacting the department at (574) 534-0076 or email environmental@goshencity.com to make arrangements for your donation.


 

History of the Department

The department was established to help promote and protect the public health, safety and general welfare of the community, to enhance and protect the environment, to promote economic development and to promote the planting, maintenance and removal of trees within the City of Goshen, according to Ord. 5014. 

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman, when recommending the creation of the new department, said: "For many years, Goshen has been a leading community, not because we have all the answers but because we are bold and have the foresight to take the long view. We now need to find additional ways to better our physical environment and make our budgets even more efficient."

Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, the City Forester, is the department head, and while he will continue to work on the City's urban forest, he also will help the City's other departments in accomplishing goals related to green efforts, data collection, education and efficiencies both environmental and financial. 

  • Read Mayor Stutsman's letter to the City Council about the creation of the Department of Environmental resilience here.
  • To see Ord. 5014, click here.