Paul Steury • The Good of Goshen

Paul Steury

Owner, Steury Eco Consulting

Published Oct. 2020

My lifestyle is thinking about how to be better stewards and how to get other people to think about stewardship, too. As well as education – how to ‘edutain’ and to get people to think about impacts and reducing their impacts while still enjoying life.

I have a business called Steury Eco Consulting. I was hired by the city, along with our partners of Goshen Community Schools, Goshen College, Goshen Health, Goshen Chamber of Commerce, and Everence Financial to write a curriculum that helps kids think about sense of place, stewardship, energy, and climate change. The curriculum is finished, though it’s on hold until next year due to COVID-19.

It’s K to six. The kids are going from joy to action; In the beginning they have fun, and by sixth grade they’re talking about climate change and energy use and trying to help the city think about its greenhouse gas emissions and how to reduce them. Yes, sixth graders can do that.

Goshen Green Drinks is a gathering of like-minded people who want to talk about the environment and environmental issues over a beverage at a local establishment. It’s been going on for nine years. I’m the local founder and the host, still. Green Drinks is actually an international organization.

I’m also the co-host of Citizens Climate Lobby, another international organization. It’s a single-mission-minded organization that is attempting to do a fee and dividend on fossil fuels and their pollution of CO2.

Issue investigation: That’s one of my favorite things to do. I read books, watch documentaries, go to environmental websites and learn more.

I also try to teach people about wild edible plants.

Goshen is known around the entire state as being one of the most progressive cities that thinks about its future and tries to be as sustainable and regenerative and resilient as possible. The friendships and the circles of interactions make this a wonderful place, too. I love it.

Writing, editing, and photography by Scott Weisser and Neil King

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