The Goshen City Council passed Ordinance 5014, Establishing a Department of Environmental Resilience during a regular meeting September 3, 2019, and the department began functioning as such in January of 2020. The new department’s work is 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.