Bicentennial Green-Legacy Community Award

Indiana will celebrate its bicentennial in 2016.  Legacy has become the moral issue of our time.   What kind of world, what quality of life are we leaving our children and their children?   Every generation before us, of course, has asked this question but there is a fierce urgency about “legacy” that is unique to our time.  Scott Russell Sanders, in his book A Conservationist Manifesto, joins a growing chorus of scientists, academics, civic leaders and grassroots citizens in making the point:

“Whether one considers the disruption of global climate, the tattering of the ozone layer, the clear- cutting of forests, the loss of topsoil, the poisoning of lakes by acid rain, the collapse of ocean fisheries, the extinction of species, the looming shortages of oil and fresh water, the spread of famine and epidemic disease, or dozens of other challenges, it’s clear that our present way of life is ruinous for the planet and for all Earth’s creatures.” 

How might we shift to a more durable and responsible way of life?  What models do we have for a culture of conservation?  What changes in values and behavior would be required to bring it about? Where can we see it emerging in practice?”

The Bicentennial Green-Legacy Community Award 

An institutional or geographic community qualifies for this three-level award on the basis of “green points” accumulated:  Silver (75 points), Gold (140 points), Platinum (200 points). Points are derived from sustainable indicators related to both collective and personal property operations.

When a community achieves the stated criteria it will be honored in a public ceremony/press conference and awarded an attractive sign to be posted on the premises.  The sign will read: “A Bicentennial Green-Legacy Community.”  The world is hungry for models of sustainability that teach and inspire.

Nine Collective-Operations Indicators—20 points each*

Healthy People:

  • Food from local sources (100 miles)……………..….20% by or before 2016.
  • Water Conservation (2006 baseline)………………..20% by or before 2016.
  • Reduce Obesity (2006 baseline)………………..……..20% by or before 2016.

Healthy Economy:

  • Increase Green Jobs (2010 baseline)………………….……… 20% annually.
  • Reduce Child Poverty (2006 baseline)……………………….20% by or before 2016.
  • Electric and Fuel Efficiency (2006 baseline)…………..….20% by or before 2016.

Healthy Environment:

  • Clean & Safe Energy (Wind, Solar, Geothermal)……..20% by or before 2016.
  • Landfill Waste Reduction (2006 baseline)…………..…20% by or before 2016.
  • Tree Cover, Organic Ag, Natural Habitat…………..…..20% by or before 2016.

Sixteen Personal-Operations Indicators –1 point each

1.   Plant a garden  9.     Cut meat consumption in half
2.   Recycle 50% or more 10.    Support 3 locally owned businesses
3.   Have a Home Energy Audit 11.    Install water saving devices
4.   Insulate, seal leaks 12.    Join a CSA or Food Cooperative
5.   Drive less + Electric or Hybrid 13.    Do not fertilize or water lawn
6.   Walk 3 miles weekly 14.    Give up all soda pop drinks
7.   Buy an “Energy Star” appliance 15.    Volunteer for a civic project
8.   Choose the Green Power Option 16.    Advocate for clean, renewable energy

*At least half of the total qualifying points must come from Collective-Operations Indicators

Download the Application and Verification Form

Bicentennial Green-Legacy Community Award 

  • Robin Run Village (Marion County)

  • The City of Carmel  ( Hamilton County)

  • The City of Goshen  ( Elkhart County)

  • The City of Lafayette  (Tippecanoe County)

  • The Living Roots EcoVillage  (Orange County)

  • The City of Evansville  (Vanderburgh County)

  • The City of Noblesville  (Hamilton County)

  • The City of Greencastle  (Putnam County)

  • The City of Fort Wayne (Allen County)

  • Englewood Christian Church and Community Development Corporation (Marion County)

  • Orange County

  • The City of Whiting (Lake County)

  • The Town of Cicero (Hamilton County)

  • The Town of Dyer (Lake County)

  • The City of South Bend (Saint Joseph County)