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Litter Pickers by Bicycle

Litter Pickers by Bicycle

Before the dew ever sets into the grass on Sunday morning, Terre Haute resident Rance Fuqua has already stopped for a donut and coffee on his bike. The red light on his back tire flashes, and he peddles in the darkness navigating to Walter Baldauf’s garage. Once there, the two tinker around for a bit. As the sun slowly starts to rise, they strap kitty cat litter buckets and large plastic totes to their bikes. With one hand on their handlebars, and the other holding a long grabber, they are off, meandering around the streets of Terre Haute to pick up litter….
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Make Change Indy Rewards Community Members For Doing Sustainable Activities

Make Change Indy Rewards Community Members For Doing Sustainable Activities

By rewarding citizens in the form of Community Currency for engaging in sustainable activites, Make Change Indy is creating a sustainable ripple effect of positive change in Indianapolis on both the individual and community level. This program was developed to target community members who are on the cusp of action with the incentive they need to take progressive action in their community. Community members can record their sustainable actions by taking a picture and posting it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #makechangeindy and filling out a simple form. Once the action is recorded, Make Change Indy will send…
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Urban Farming for Social Mission and Good Eating Too

Urban Farming for Social Mission and Good Eating Too

In 2012 Rick and Karen Hersberger felt a calling to be more involved in their faith community and the needs of those living in the city. So, they sold their 9 acre property west of Anderson, IN, and moved into the city. Their new property included a vacant lot next to the home which they promptly turned into an urban farm. They named their farm NERKA Faith Farm, an “acronym for our awesome family, (Niki, Eli, Rick, Karen, and Amanda)”. They define their mission as: “To get involved in the community. Bring awareness about urban gardening. To show Christ in…
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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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“The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI”: A Student Led Initiative Launches To Reduce Waste and Give Back

“The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI”: A Student Led Initiative Launches To Reduce Waste and Give Back

On September 5, 2014 the Campus Kitchen at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) officially launched becoming the first Campus Kitchen in Indiana and the 37th in the nation to join the Campus Kitchen Movement. The Campus Kitchens Project helps students to eradicate hunger and eliminate waste while creating a more sustainable campus through repurposing university and community food waste into free, healthy and nutritious meals which can then be served to the local people in need. Last year nationally, Campus Kitchens recovered 9, 000 lbs of food that would otherwise have gone to waste and were able to convert that…
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