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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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Cicero’s Green Legacy

Cicero’s Green Legacy

We were delighted to present the Town of Cicero with a Bicentennial Green Legacy Community Award this past week. Among their notable achievements, Cicero has educated the public about Storm Water in the past 2-3 years by including projects like artist-designed rain barrels and incorporating 2 new rain gardens in the Red Bridge Park. The town is in the process of converting all their outdoor lights to LED bulbs. Cicero city officials have increased green development standards for new development, increased public awareness and opportunities for recycling days, planted 20 trees annually, joined the Tree City program as a designated community, and achieved CLEAN Communities status…
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Muncie Climate Rally Held In Solidarity With Nyc People’s Climate March

Muncie Climate Rally Held In Solidarity With Nyc People’s Climate March

Approximately 75 Muncie residents, Ball State University students and faculty and students from The Indiana Academy (gifted high school students from around the state) attended a Climate Rally on September 21st, 2014 in solidarity with the People’s Climate March in New York City (which approximately 20 BSU students attended). The NYC march was organized to demand world leaders attending a U.N. Climate Summit the next day set realistic goals on carbon emissions and seriously address world climate issues. The Muncie Climate Rally (organized by Carolyn Vann with substantial aid from John Vann and numerous other individuals who made signs, distributed…
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Update On Cope Environmental Center Plans For A New Sustainable Building

Update On Cope Environmental Center Plans  For A New Sustainable Building

The Cope Environmental Center (CEC) is in the pre-construction stage for a 6000 square- foot new sustainable environmental education center expected to be completed next year according to Alison Zajdel, Executive Director. This building will be a keystone project for Indiana’s bicentennial celebrations. Working with an architectural firm from Dayton, LWC, the plan is to have the first Indiana net-zero-energy building registered with the Living Building Challenge (LBC). This certification has the most rigorous green building standards in the world, even more rigorous than LEED. At this time, there are only five building in the US with the “Living Building”…
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SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY – Beyond I CAN

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY – Beyond I CAN

Social sustainability is difficult to define and is very broad – encompassing the health of people and their communities.  It includes such topics as social equity, community resilience, social justice, labor issues and human rights. The work being done at Beyond I CAN is a good example of social sustainability.  In their mission statement they are “dedicated to the lives of individuals with special needs through the experience of running their own business, from artistic design and production to marketing and sales.  Enhancing the quality of their lives due to self-confidence built on real abilities, the artisans become productive citizens…
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