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Muncie Climate Rally Held In Solidarity With Nyc People’s Climate March

Muncie Climate Rally Held In Solidarity With Nyc People’s Climate March

Approximately 75 Muncie residents, Ball State University students and faculty and students from The Indiana Academy (gifted high school students from around the state) attended a Climate Rally on September 21st, 2014 in solidarity with the People’s Climate March in New York City (which approximately 20 BSU students attended). The NYC march was organized to demand world leaders attending a U.N. Climate Summit the next day set realistic goals on carbon emissions and seriously address world climate issues. The Muncie Climate Rally (organized by Carolyn Vann with substantial aid from John Vann and numerous other individuals who made signs, distributed…
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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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SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY – Beyond I CAN

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY – Beyond I CAN

Social sustainability is difficult to define and is very broad – encompassing the health of people and their communities.  It includes such topics as social equity, community resilience, social justice, labor issues and human rights. The work being done at Beyond I CAN is a good example of social sustainability.  In their mission statement they are “dedicated to the lives of individuals with special needs through the experience of running their own business, from artistic design and production to marketing and sales.  Enhancing the quality of their lives due to self-confidence built on real abilities, the artisans become productive citizens…
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BSU Students Launch Permaculture in Muncie

BSU Students Launch Permaculture in Muncie

Faye Lichtsinn is a remarkable young woman who decided to make her local community more sustainable before she graduates.  Only 20 years old and a student in the department of Natural Resources at Ball State University she was inspired by attending a Power Shift conference in Pittsburgh, PA October 18-21, 2013.  This youth movement was designed to involve youth to shift priorities at every level of society, from local communities to the national government, in order to build “a stronger and more vibrant climate movement to fight fracking, divest from fossil fuels, demand climate justice, and build a clean energy…
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Bell Aquaculture

Bell Aquaculture

The Earth’s population is predicted to reach 9 billion before 2050 and a major concern now and for the future is how to feed our enormous, growing population.  In addition, approximately 20% of more of our diets should come from animal-based protein.  Considering the Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR, the amount of feed for an animal to convert to weight), we need to move away from beef to pork, chicken, or fish protein.  Not only does fish have the best FCR (approximately 1:1 or 2:1), it is a low calorie protein and contains numerous important nutrients, including essential fatty acids.  According…
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