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Elkhart County Pay Dirt 2024

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Where cultivation and construction meet. Tuesday, March 5th 2024 at 6 PM - 8 PM Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds 17746 CR 34 Goshen, IN 46528 The evening of Tuesday, March 5th the City will hold its annual Flood Resilience Public Meeting. This event is free and part of the paydirt conference.... more

Late-Winter Pruning

Friday, February 16, 2024

The Goshen Forestry Division will begin young tree pruning the week of February 19. Our initial focus will be on Oak trees in neighborhoods between Lincoln and Plymouth Avenues. Specifically, we will plan to work on street trees which the City planted in or near the right-of-way over the past 12... more

Community Relations Commission to host International Women's Day Luncheon

Thursday, February 15, 2024

The City of Goshen Community Relations Commission is hosting a luncheon on International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Goshen Theater to celebrate and honor women in the Goshen community.  “I’m looking forward to celebrating the women of Goshen and am grateful... more

Upcoming Events All »

Park Board Meeting

Today, 4:00pm

Public may join in person or virtually by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89736482570

Downtown Goshen Economic Improvement District

Thursday, March 7, 2024, 7:45am

The regular meetings of the Downtown Goshen Economic Improvement District Board will take place on the first Thursday of each month, excepting July, as set forth in the schedule below. The meetings will be held in the conference room located in Goshen City Hall at 202 South 5th Street, Goshen, Indiana. All meetings of the Goshen Downtown Economic Improvement District Board are open to the public with the exception of an executive session that may be held as authorized by Indiana Code §5-14-1.5-6.1. The Board may schedule meetings in addition to those listed above as necessary, subject to public notice requirements.

Cemetery Board

Thursday, March 7, 2024, 2:00pm

Environmental Resilience

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Department of Environmental Resilience

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

 

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.
 

 

Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, Director of Environmental Resilience

    

   

 

 


 

 

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 will provide opportunities for persons who cannot enjoy the trails in-person to have safe 24-hour access to the positive benefits of nature. 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.