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The Clearinghouse of River Valley Resources – Madison Indiana

The Clearinghouse of River Valley Resources – Madison Indiana

Just a block off Main St. in Madison, Indiana is a 1950 building that once housed a car dealership. You can’t buy a car there anymore but if you’re unemployed or underemployed, you can get an enormous variety of help. It’s called the Clearinghouse and it has provided a path to a good, satisfying job for a great many people over the years. The Clearinghouse is a child of River Valley Resources, which since 1990 has sought to develop a trained and competitive workforce in the 12 county area of southeast and central Indiana. The non-profit has impacted the lives…
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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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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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Urban Farming in Gary Downtown-Emerson

Urban Farming in Gary Downtown-Emerson

Urban Farming Comes to Downtown-Emerson:  A collaboration of Growing Power, Progressive Community Church, F.A.I.T.H. CDC, the Legacy Foundation, and Gary Downtown-Emerson Spotlight. Working to serve the needs of people in the Gary Downtown-Emerson area experiencing poverty, blight and a lack of fresh, healthy food choices, the urban farming project is just one small part of the revitalization efforts, but it has a huge impact on quality of life. F.A.I.T.H. CDC is made up of members of Progressive Community Church, Agape Ministries, and Saint Monica and Saint Luke Catholic Church, as well as other organizations. Curtis Whittaker of Progressive Community Church…
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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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