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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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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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“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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Floral Footprints: Bluebird Flower Farm

Floral Footprints: Bluebird Flower Farm

(ed. Bluebird Flower Farm is formerly Petals @ the Market) We are learning that flying fresh flowers all around the globe isn’t good for our planet (or frequently our workers) and even flowers grown in hothouses can have a huge carbon footprint. Local flowers that are part of our landscape are a lovely way to brighten your table top sustainably. When we visited the farmer’s market in Orleans last month, we stopped by Bluebird Flower Farm’s stall. Owner Stephanie Todd told us about her idea to make the most of her summer break as a teacher to sell flowers from her…
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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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