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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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The Children’s House and Adelaide’s World Saver

The Children’s House and Adelaide’s World Saver

When it comes to climate change, some people get it and some don’t. Six year old Adelaide definitely gets it. Adelaide is a student at The Children’s House, a Montessori based school located in northwest Indianapolis. Recently, Earth Charter’s Jim Poyser led a nine week session on climate change at the school. Among the many activities of the program, the children measured their carbon footprint, made bumper stickers and toured several sites where people are combating global warming. Behind the school is a small wooded area. As part of their work, the children went there and imagined what would happen…
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Krueger Middle School Receives Environmental Excellence Award

Krueger Middle School, Michigan City, won a 2013 Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. 41 organizations and companies were nominated; five won awards and Krueger was the only school included among the recipients. Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) administers the award, which is given annually to “companies or organizations that utilize innovative environmental practices through programs and technologies that reduce waste, save money and contribute greatly to Indiana’s environmental protection efforts. These successful projects benefit the health and welfare of Indiana’s communities and the state as a whole.” Krueger is fortunate to be situated on a 100-acre campus, which…
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Indy Reads

Indy Reads Location: 2450 N. Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46208 For non-profits to survive, they must innovate and create sustainable funding streams. “As an organization as a whole, we rely too heavily on grants and individual donors. One year it’s there, one year it’s not,” said Travis DiNicola executive director of Indy Reads. As not-for-profit organization Indy Reads uses volunteers to provide basic literacy tutoring to illiterate and semi-literate adults. In Marion County, an estimated 100,000 adults read at the lowest level of literacy. Programs include one-on-one tutoring, small group sessions, English as a second language instruction, and “Literacy Labs” at…
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