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Mayfield Green Housing Cooperative

Mayfield Green Housing Cooperative

Mayfield Green is a pleasant place to live. It has a playground, large swimming pool, exercise room, computer lab and a large expanse of green space. Its 344 townhouses sit on 37 acres. The crime rate is low. Its community center provides everything from ESL classes to health fairs. A visitor finds a vital and well-kept housing complex. What’s different about Mayfield Green is that it is neither a for-profit apartment complex nor a form of subsidized housing. It’s a housing cooperative in which the residents actually own a share of the entire property. As owners, they elect the board…
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“Hands on Indiana”

“Hands on Indiana”

“Hands On Indiana” engages the public to celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial in 2016 by pledging to sustain Indiana’s Air, Water, Food, Energy, and Biodiversity. The pledge is to take hands-on actions organized to help the “What can I do?” person make better choices in their daily life. HANDS ON INDIANA has on line resources to inform and engage anyone wanting to chart their course at HandsOnIndiana.com These hands represent the participant’s commitment to Indiana’s sustainability. They are created by coloring the patterned film from computer keyboards then tracing hands, cutting them out and sharing them. This show is the first mass…
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This Library is on a Roll!

This Library is on a Roll!

It started with a card table full of books, like these things often do. Just something to sell to raise some money for the Orleans Farmers Market, says Bob Turner. He and his wife Debbie have worked in non-profit for many years and when they realized the market needed some development support they donated their own books and got started. And the donations kept coming in, more used books, more interest in picking out books. So the idea for the mobile library was formed. A church in Louisville gave them a big boost with books leftover from their sale and they’ve…
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One Year and 400,000 People Later

One Year and 400,000 People Later

Our People’s Climate March team started out from Indianapolis on Saturday night, a bus full of environmental hopefuls, bound for New York City and what would be the world’s largest Climate Action event. We drove quietly through the night, waking to navigate the congested streets of Midtown Manhattan on our way to our designated drop off zone. The March Coordinators  had worked for months to make this the most organized and thoughtfully grouped March they could. The results were amazing. As a former New Yorker, I have seen many parades with chaotic organization, leaving vast amounts of trash in their…
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Floral Footprints: Bluebird Flower Farm

Floral Footprints: Bluebird Flower Farm

(ed. Bluebird Flower Farm is formerly Petals @ the Market) We are learning that flying fresh flowers all around the globe isn’t good for our planet (or frequently our workers) and even flowers grown in hothouses can have a huge carbon footprint. Local flowers that are part of our landscape are a lovely way to brighten your table top sustainably. When we visited the farmer’s market in Orleans last month, we stopped by Bluebird Flower Farm’s stall. Owner Stephanie Todd told us about her idea to make the most of her summer break as a teacher to sell flowers from her…
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