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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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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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Paris is always a Good Idea

Paris is always a Good Idea

Audrey Hepburn said that and I believe it’s true. And this time, I think COP21 was a good idea. It’s taken me some time to pull coherent thoughts about what I learned from my week at the largest, most ambitious global climate conference ever hosted. I think I came home overflowing with things I desperately wanted to share with people and discuss with everyone. Some of them were hard truths, criticisms, and frustrations but many were exciting, horizon-expanding ways we look at sustainability and thus climate change mitigation and adaptation. The word “decarbonize” was on everyone’s lips in Paris last…
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Nurturing the Urban Forest

Nurturing the Urban Forest

  Nurturing the Urban Forest Sixty four cities in Indiana have achieved the title of Tree City USA. For a list of these cities click here. Each of these cities has committed to promote and nurture a healthy environment for trees within their city. Among the earliest cities to achieve this designation is Anderson. The following is a reprint of an article in Mayor Kevin Smith’s newsletter. Certainly Anderson, and all the other cities, deserve praise for their good work in improving the environment within their city limits. City Receives 23rd Foundation Designation Thursday, March 26,the Arbor Day Foundation announced…
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City of Evansville Green Community of the Year

City of Evansville Green Community of the Year

In October, the City of Evansville was awarded the Green Community of the Year Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns for the second year in a row. Evansville received the Green Community Award in 2009 and Green Community of the Year – the top award – in 2011 and 2012. The award was based on Evansville’s answers to a 49-question survey. Not only did the city meet the minimum score required to be a Green Community, it also ranked highest among other communities its size. The survey addressed renewable energy, conservation, purchasing and recycling policies, brownfields redevelopment,…
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