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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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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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Light Pollution

As kids we do crazy things. The street I grew up on ended with a cul-de-sac. There was hardly ever traffic that traveled down it. My childhood best friend and I would lie in the street and stare up at the stars. Why we couldn’t do this in the grass, your guess is as good as mine. Maybe it was the warmth from the asphalt that made it comfortable. There was a sense of wonder when gazing up toward the moonlight. When alone, I found refuge on the rooftop outside my bedroom window, much like Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology professor…
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Evansville-Area Trails Coalition

  Location:  20 NW Fourth Street, Suite 501, Evansville (Vanderburgh County) 47708 The Evansville-Area Trails Coalition promotes the development, use, and maintenance of an interconnected trail system of greenway corridors, off-road trails, sidewalks, and on-road bikeways for active transportation and recreation throughout the greater Evansville area. Contact Information:  Drew Hays, executive director: (312) 285-9840, drewhays.etc@gmail.com, http://www.evansville-areatrailscoalition.org. Category: 12, 15, 19  

Endangered Species Chocolate

Indulge in a Cause Location:  5846 W 73rd St. Indianapolis, IN 46278 Endangered Species Chocolate was born out of a desire to make an impact on the growing number of plant and animal species that are disappearing from Earth. With interests rooted in a deep love of chocolate making, Endangered Species Chocolate set out in 1993 to source natural, ethically traded chocolate as a carrier for an environmental message. Through the crafting of premium, thoughtfully sourced chocolate, Endangered Species Chocolate generates funds for conservation efforts worldwide. LEED registered building, ethical philanthropy (species, habitat & humanity). Contact Information:  (317) 387-4372 info@chocolatebar.com

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