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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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Urban Forests in Indiana

Urban Forests in Indiana

More than 65 cities in Indiana have been designated as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.  This means that those cities have officially made the commitment to improving their urban forests by: establishing a board or department to manage the community’s trees, passing a Tree Care Ordinance that gives this body the responsibility for writing and implementing an annual community forestry work plan, establishing a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, organizing an Arbor Day observance and proclamation with a simple tree planting event or an award ceremony that honors…
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Linda McGurk: Rain or Shine Mamma

Linda McGurk: Rain or Shine Mamma

When did your love of the outdoors begin? I think it’s hard to pinpoint a certain time when my love for the outdoors started, because I’ve always been immersed in it. Part of that is just due to having grown up in Scandinavia, where people really cherish nature and live by the motto “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothes.” Getting outside every day and enjoying the natural world – whether by taking a walk in the woods, digging in the garden or going skiing – seems to be part of our fabric. I grew up hiking, camping and roaming…
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Cope Environmental Center

Cope Environmental Center

Executive Director, Alison Zajdel with one of Cope’s many giant conifers Address: 4910 Shoemaker Road Centerville, IN 47330, Wayne County Contact Information: Alison Zajdel, Executive Director,  or 765-855-3188 Founders, Jim & Helen Cope and Fran Parks made conservation a way of life and dedicated themselves to teaching others the importance of sustainability. Each year, over 5,000 students-from pre-kindergarten to college- visit CEC to deepen their understanding of the natural world through hands-on experiences.  Wetlands, ponds, prairies, woodlands, grasslands, hardwood forests and a nationally significant collection of conifer trees are among the nature “labs” where students regain a sense of wonder. The static images and…
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SHIRLEY HEINZE LAND TRUST – BRINGING NATURE HOME AWARDS

    Location: 109 W 700 N, Valparaiso, IN 46385, Porter County Valparaiso – Shirley Heinze Land Trust (SHLT) was established in 1981 as a charitable trust to preserve and protect the unique ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes region. It manages nearly 1,300 acres in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties. SHLT preserves these natural areas for present and future generations to enjoy. SHLT advocates landscaping with native plants to counteract displacement of local ecosystems due to massive development. Each year they host an award ceremony to honor institutional landscapers that use native plants in their projects. The 2013 winners were …
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