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Indy to Review Carbon Emissions, Climate Change

City-commissioned study will make recommendations for meeting goal of "carbon-neutral" Indianapolis by 2050

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indy will review how it's addressing climate change, and what it can do better.

The city will hire a consulting firm to assess its greenhouse gas emissions, trash generation and recycling, and disaster readiness. And the review will assess what Mayor Joe Hogsett says are the links between climate change and community issues like health, poverty and crime. Hogsett notes police and prosecutors have long noted a correlation between warmer summer temperatures and more crime, and suggests more hot days may affect the crime rate.

Former Mayor Greg Ballard created an city Office of Sustainability, and implemented steps from installing solar panels to leaning on electric or natural-gas-powered vehicles for the city fleet.  Hogsett has teamed with Citizens Energy Group on a plan to plant 10,000 trees in the city , and this summer signed off on a goal of making Indianapolis "carbon-neutral" by 2050. Hogsett says the review will assess the effect of past efforts as well as recommending future action.

The city has asked interested bidders to submit their qualifications by October 6. The cost of the study hasn't been determined, but Hogsett says he expects a report early next year.

(Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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