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June brush pickup begins next week

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The monthly brush pickup will begin on the week of June 24, 2024. During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush. Please have your brush by the front curb, but not in the street, by that first day in the morning at 7 a.m. Brush... more

Public Notice for Modification of Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW)

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Pretreatment Program-City of Goshen Wastewater Treatment Plant Public Notice on behalf of:              United States Environmental Protection Agency                                                      ... more

City Offices closed for Juneteenth

Monday, June 17, 2024

The City of Goshen offices will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. Trash and recycling services will continue as normal. more

Upcoming Events All »

Shade Tree Board

Monday, June 24, 2024, 7:00pm

This meeting is in-person only.

Board of Zoning Appeals

Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 4:00pm

To view the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 890 5155 7762

Board of Works

Thursday, June 27, 2024, 4:00pm

To join the webinar please copy and paste this link on your browser:

Environmental Resilience

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Department of Environmental Resilience

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


The Department of Environmental Resilience 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."

What We Do

Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, the City Forester, is the department head. The Department continues to care for the City's urban forest but also assists the City in identifying opportunities to increase efficiency of resources both environmental and financial as well as provide environmental education opportunities to the public and staff aimed to increase appreciation of our natural places.

  • 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.

The Department of Environmental Resilience works out of the Rieth Interpretative Center at 410 Plymouth Ave. The unique nature of the property, including an urban forest, the Elkhart River, an urban Millrace, reestablished wildflower spaces, and prairie areas, lend itself to both natural exploration and an opportunity for guided hiking and exploration.







Full-time Staff: from the left, Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley (Department Head), Brandi DeVoe (Administrative Assistant), Kendel Martin (Forester), Melanie Helmuth (Forester), Theresa Sailor (Educator - Grant Writer)

Meet our Current AmeriCorps Staff: Lee Bergey, Alexa Kennel, Levi Moser, Anna Osborne













YouTube Channel

Check out the Environmental Resilience YouTube Channel to have 24-hour access to the sights and sounds of Goshen’s natural environment.

The City of Goshen has installed three stationary nature cameras to allow 24-hour access to Goshen’s natural environment, sights, and sounds. These cameras will provide safe 24-hour access to the positive benefits of nature for persons who cannot enjoy the trails in person. This project was funded by the Community Connections for People with Disabilities grant offered through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs in partnership with the Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services authorized by the CARES Act.