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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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ISU: Conservation Champion

ISU: Conservation Champion

Wildlife Federation recognizes Indiana State with Conservation Champion Certification Indiana State University continues to be recognized for its commitment to sustainability. The Indiana Wildlife Federation has awarded Indiana State its Conservation Champion Certification for its sustainable landscaping practices. The certification recognizes the university for sustainable lawn maintenance and landscaping; reducing the use of pesticides and herbicides; eradicating invasive species; selection of native plants for landscaping; and water conservation, retention and recycling. The federation lists five goals in each category. Indiana State achieved all five goals in one category and four goals in each of the other categories. The “Level 3”…
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Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis

Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis

In 2009, Indianapolis voters approved a decision to replace the aging and inadequate Wishard Hospital with a new facility. Named for its benefactors, Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, construction began the following year. I took a tour of Eskenazi hospital with the intention of exploring the numerous eco-friendly amenities the hospital installed to become a greener business. Upon my entry I immediately noticed that this hospital is much more than the waterless urinals and paperless hand dryers I was told about. Eskenazi is more than just a hospital, it’s a cultural healing center. I visited with the intentions of checking out…
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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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Cope Environmental Center

Cope Environmental Center

Executive Director, Alison Zajdel with one of Cope’s many giant conifers Address: 4910 Shoemaker Road Centerville, IN 47330, Wayne County Contact Information: Alison Zajdel, Executive Director,  or 765-855-3188 Founders, Jim & Helen Cope and Fran Parks made conservation a way of life and dedicated themselves to teaching others the importance of sustainability. Each year, over 5,000 students-from pre-kindergarten to college- visit CEC to deepen their understanding of the natural world through hands-on experiences.  Wetlands, ponds, prairies, woodlands, grasslands, hardwood forests and a nationally significant collection of conifer trees are among the nature “labs” where students regain a sense of wonder. The static images and…
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