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The Children of Indiana Nature Park

The Children of Indiana Nature Park

Let’s reboot our kid’s interest in nature! -By Melissa Moran and Laura Sertic Did you know kid’s need nature? Research shows that children who spend time outside are more creative and are better problem solvers. They’re healthier, more physically fit, more confident, better test takers, and less stressed.  Re-establishing a connection to nature is vital to the health and well-being of children, their families, and their communities. What’s more, we need kids to connect with nature. Because when you connect with something, you care about it and when you care about something, you want to protect it. To foster healthy…
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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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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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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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Urban Forests in Indiana

Urban Forests in Indiana

More than 65 cities in Indiana have been designated as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.  This means that those cities have officially made the commitment to improving their urban forests by: establishing a board or department to manage the community’s trees, passing a Tree Care Ordinance that gives this body the responsibility for writing and implementing an annual community forestry work plan, establishing a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, organizing an Arbor Day observance and proclamation with a simple tree planting event or an award ceremony that honors…
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