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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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Soundtrack for a Hoosier Green Legacy

Soundtrack for a Hoosier Green Legacy

All great celebrations need music, right? Thankfully, we weren’t the only ones to think so. As we prepare to head into the last six months of our Bicentennial celebration year, an amazing group of Hoosier musicians have shared their extraordinary talents and creativity to bring about this album, “Songs of Sustainable Indiana” to help us set our Green Legacy to song. The collection features many beloved local artists, such as Carrie Newcomer, with her song “Geodes.” The album begins with rising stars, Lily and Madeleine, sisters from Indy, and their song “The Devil You Know.” Bloomington singer-songwriter, Travis Punterelli is…
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Mayfield Green Housing Cooperative

Mayfield Green Housing Cooperative

Mayfield Green is a pleasant place to live. It has a playground, large swimming pool, exercise room, computer lab and a large expanse of green space. Its 344 townhouses sit on 37 acres. The crime rate is low. Its community center provides everything from ESL classes to health fairs. A visitor finds a vital and well-kept housing complex. What’s different about Mayfield Green is that it is neither a for-profit apartment complex nor a form of subsidized housing. It’s a housing cooperative in which the residents actually own a share of the entire property. As owners, they elect the board…
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“Hands on Indiana”

“Hands on Indiana”

“Hands On Indiana” engages the public to celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial in 2016 by pledging to sustain Indiana’s Air, Water, Food, Energy, and Biodiversity. The pledge is to take hands-on actions organized to help the “What can I do?” person make better choices in their daily life. HANDS ON INDIANA has on line resources to inform and engage anyone wanting to chart their course at HandsOnIndiana.com These hands represent the participant’s commitment to Indiana’s sustainability. They are created by coloring the patterned film from computer keyboards then tracing hands, cutting them out and sharing them. This show is the first mass…
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A Fresh Look at Irvington

A Fresh Look at Irvington

Summer Sunday afternoons in the Irvington neighborhood of Indianapolis are special. Around 10am, tents start popping up all over the northwest corner of Ellenberger Park (5301 East Saint Clair) and tables are put out. Within just an hour or so, booths full of fruits & vegetables, crafts, art, soaps, and honey are greeting people and selling their products. It’s not the only farmer’s market of its kind, but it’s a welcome fixture in a state that continues to get 90% of its food from outside our borders. We took full advantage of our afternoon at the Irvington Farmers Market, walking around…
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