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City of Evansville Green Community of the Year

In October, the City of Evansville was awarded the Green Community of the Year Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns for the second year in a row. Evansville received the Green Community Award in 2009 and Green Community of the Year – the top award – in 2011 and 2012. The award was based on Evansville’s answers to a 49-question survey. Not only did the city meet the minimum score required to be a Green Community, it also ranked highest among other communities its size. The survey addressed renewable energy, conservation, purchasing and recycling policies, brownfields redevelopment,…
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Seed and Nut Gathering Project

Seed and Nut Gathering Project

  The City of Anderson sponsors a city-wide volunteer driven re-forestation project.  The volunteers gather the seeds and nuts, sort and process them, and then plant them in areas selected for re-forestation. The goals for the Fall of 2013 are: Collect and sort approximately 3,000 to 5,000 hardwood, shade, understory, fruit tree and shrub seeds and nuts. Plant approximately 1,000 various individual nuts and seeds at the tree nursery. Stratify / Scarify approximately 2,000 individual nuts and seeds in refrigerated units for Spring 2014 planting. Directly plant 1,000 to 2,000 seeds and nuts in selected re-forestation sites. To learn more…
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Sustainability at City Hall in Terre Haute

Sustainability at City Hall in Terre Haute

In 2012 officials within the Institute of Community Sustainability at Indiana State University arranged for a meeting with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett. The meeting resulted in the placement of an unpaid Sustainability intern in the Mayor’s office. “The Mayor was very excited and receptive in starting the conversation about sustainability at city hall,” ISU Intern Steven Flowers said. Flowers says right now officials within city hall are looking at low hanging fruit items. Already the Mayor touts changing all of the stop lights to LED (light emitting diodes) lights. LED lights take far less power to operate than their former…
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Muncie Bureau of Water Quality

  Location: 5150 West Kilgore Avenue
 Muncie,  Indiana 47304   Committed to Helping Sustain and Improve water quality in our West Fork White River As part of the Muncie Sanitary District, Bureau of Water Quality (BWQ) has been monitoring and treating Muncie’s water since 1972. The BWQ was one of the first programs formed in the nation due to a former Ball State Student, John Craddock. Since the BWQ was formed, there have been numerous transformations; including a total of 34,000 pounds of toxins each year removed from the White River, and an 80% reduction in the bacterial counts. In…
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Putnamville Correctional Facility

Plant Director:  Michael Callahan Location: 1946 West U.S. Hwy 40 
 Greencastle, IN 46135   “Prison systems have often been accused of recycling inmates.  A Central Indiana penitentiary prefers the attention it’s getting for reusing cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard.  The Putnamville Correctional Facility near Greencastle recycles 10 tons a month of cans, bottles, paper, plastic wrappers and other material that deserves a second chance”  (John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star) Additional green indicators cited in Mr. Tuohy’s Indianapolis Star article include: A windmill on the grounds generates enough power for one large building. Water conservation system that saves more than 1…
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