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Eleutherian College: A Sustainable Heritage

Eleutherian College: A Sustainable Heritage

A sustainable future will require green building practices for new buildings. But better yet, instead of a new building, repurpose an old. And if that old building drips with history, so much the better. For both those reasons, Eleutherian College in Lancaster, Indiana is worthy of notice. Rev. Thomas Craven, an ardent abolitionist from Ohio, had a dream of a school where blacks and whites, men and women could attend classes together. He spoke of this dream on a visit to the Neil’s Creek Abolitionist Baptist Church which immediately set about making the dream a reality. Local citizens joined the…
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Energy Conservation Journey of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis

Energy Conservation Journey of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis

Our energy conservation journey began in 2000 when the Center for Congregations in Indianapolis offered to pay half of the cost ($500) of doing an energy audit of our church buildings.  We received a comprehensive report outlining how we could reduce our energy use.  The report covered the standard energy audit areas – lights, furnaces and air conditioners, refrigerators, and temperatures over several weeks time.  This audit did not cover insulation and infiltration. As a result of the audit, we seriously began tracking our utility usage.  We have a comprehensive spread sheet that includes the utility consumption and cost by…
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Venture Out: Southeast Indiana Business Incubator

Venture Out: Southeast Indiana Business Incubator

Spend a dollar at a big box national chain store and the money leaves the area, but buy local and that money stays at home. Profits from a national chain go to stock holders in distant locations, but local profits go to individuals nearby causing that dollar to circular more quickly. A strong local economy is a key to a sustainable future. Recognizing this fact, the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce formed Venture Out Business Center in 1996. It provides an affordable space for entrepreneurs seeking to start new businesses. In addition to a place to operate, Venture Out offers…
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Fort Wayne Farmers Market: Buy Local, Buy Fresh

Fort Wayne Farmers Market: Buy Local, Buy Fresh

In October 2012, Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Market (FWFM) began as one of the few year round, producer only farmers markets in Northeast Indiana, running just one Saturday a month.  With great success early on, the market then moved to two weekends a month shortly after its inception.  In four short years, our vendors have become more sustainable and growers have learned how to produce even in the harshest winter months.  Beginning in October 2016, we will be open EVERY Saturday; rain or shine, cold or stifling hot!   Even in the harsh Indiana’s winter, our growers have overcome obstacles and have…
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The Children of Indiana Nature Park

The Children of Indiana Nature Park

Let’s reboot our kid’s interest in nature! -By Melissa Moran and Laura Sertic Did you know kid’s need nature? Research shows that children who spend time outside are more creative and are better problem solvers. They’re healthier, more physically fit, more confident, better test takers, and less stressed.  Re-establishing a connection to nature is vital to the health and well-being of children, their families, and their communities. What’s more, we need kids to connect with nature. Because when you connect with something, you care about it and when you care about something, you want to protect it. To foster healthy…
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