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The Hinkle-Garton Farmstead: History Teaches Sustainability Lessons

The Hinkle-Garton Farmstead: History Teaches Sustainability Lessons

In 2004, Daisy Garton, a long-time resident of Bloomington, donated her property to Bloomington Restoration, Inc. The farmstead, now on the National Register of Historic Places, covers over 11 acres, has two homes, four farm outbuildings, and a thriving organic garden and orchard. In addition to offering volunteers opportunities to understand the needs and participate in the care of an organic garden and orchard, they may assist in the harvesting and processing of maple syrup from the farmstead’s trees. The Queen Anne House The main house, a farmhouse in the Queen Anne style, was built in 1892 and is now…
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Solar Systems of Indiana, Inc.

Solar Systems of Indiana, Inc.

Bloomington residents and businesses are going solar and Solar Systems of Indiana, Inc. is helping them meet their alternative energy goals.  The company has been operating since 2006, and its certifications include: NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practioners), MREA (Midwest Renewable Energy Association), and SEI (Solar Energy International).  In addition to designing and installing residential and commercial renewable energy systems, it also offers educational energy conservation programs. Solar Systems’ mission is to design and install renewable energy systems that are reliable, safe, high performance and pollution free. They strive to construct code-compliant systems that are safe and long…
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The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

At Indiana University – Bloomington, there is a little-known research institute that has brought together hundreds of scholars from across the planet to “learn about the ways in which governance institutions can be crafted to enhance human well-being, while promoting democratic principles and sustainable resource management.” Its name may be daunting, but its mission is simple. The founders wanted to combine experience with theories.  They believed that this is the critical connection between “ideas and what gets done.” In 2009 Elinor Ostrom (now deceased) was awarded a Nobel prize for her work on “the commons.”  This is a term used…
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Boston company plans Indiana hydroelectric project

View Original Post here. Written by: Rick Callahan, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — A Boston-based company announced plans Thursday to retrofit and reactivate a long-idle southern Indiana hydroelectric power plant in a $12 million project. Free Flow Power Corp. plans to install four turbines at the Williams Dam on the east fork of the White River in Lawrence County and upgrade the dam’s existing powerhouse. Water coursing through the turbines at the site about nine miles west of Bedford would generate about four megawatts of electricity — enough to power about 2,500 Indiana homes. Tom Feldman, Free Flow Power’s vice president of project…
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Mid-America Science Park and Stray Light Optical Technologies

Mid-America Science Park and Stray Light Optical Technologies

Location: 821 S. Lake Road Scottsburg, IN 47170 Scottsburg, the county seat of Scott County in southern Indiana (pop. 6747), 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, houses commuters to the metro area, and might not naturally be thought of as a technology and innovation center in itself. But Scottsburg’s longtime mayor, the forward-thinking Bill Graham, imagined and helped bring about a world-class technology business incubator in what was once a brake-parts factory. Executive Director Joe Pearson—who in a previous life served as an agricultural missionary in Borneo—worked with Mayor Graham in bringing the Mid-America Science Park from dream to reality,…
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