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Sustainable Indiana 2016


Sustainable Indiana 2016

Sustainable Indiana 2016 is a collaborative initiative of Earth Charter Indiana (ECI) to achieve measurable progress toward sustainability by Indiana’s Bicentennial year 2016. The initiative was created to connect, inform and inspire the growing sustainability movement in Indiana.

Hoosiers can be proud that there are so many efforts already underway to make our communities more sustainable! We are compiling examples of these sustainable initiatives across Indiana so that they can serve as role models for others.

Website: http://www.sustainableindiana2016.org
Location: EARTH CHARTER INDIANA 3535 Kessler Boulevard,North Drive Indianapolis,IN 46222
Members: 14
Latest Activity: Jan 16, 2016

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Garden Parties Day is just 2 days away, we hope all the hosts are ready! We wanted to show our appreciation for participating in our 2012 mass action. We are looking forward to learning and meeting all of you this Saturday!

For the complete list of our parties, please visit http://sustainableindiana2016.org/2012-mass-action-garden-parties/
New interview with John Gibson:
SustainableIndiana2016's Executive Director, John Gibson, shared information about our upcoming Garden Parties Initiative and local food challenge in the State of Indiana with Kathy Sipple on blogtalkradio. Please click here to listen
Posted Date: July 16, 2012
SI2016 has been working on launching our 2012 Mass Action day on Saturday, August 18, 2012. We are hosting "Garden Parties" throughout the State of Indiana! 

Indiana is fast becoming a national leader in gardening. To prove it, Hoosiers will be celebrating their gardens throughout the State of Indiana on one grand day of coming together on Saturday, August 18. To recognize existing gardens of all kinds and to provide mentoring for those who wish to start a garden of their own. We would love for you to come join us celebrating Hoosiers' effort on their sustainable living practice!

Please check out for more information on how to register or nominate someone you know who would enjoy hosting a garden party at http://sustainableindiana2016.org/2012-mass-action-garden-parties/ 

We are very excited about this! 

More to come...stay tuned!
Exciting Upcoming Event in Fort Wayne on July 17, 2012!
"Finding Food in Farm Country"

Meet Ken Meter, the keynote speaker from Crossroads Resource Center, who will share with us his findings from conducting statewide study of locally grown Hoosier foods.
When: Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Where: McMillen Center for Health Education (for direction, please click here)
We hope you can attend!


Texas Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe Responds To Rick Perry

A “Gleaning” from the Internet—Worth the Read 

Original Post on THINKPROGRESS By Brad Johnson on Aug 16,2011 at 12:50 pm

Our guest blogger is Dr. Katharine Hayhoe,associate professor at Texas Tech University and director of the Texas Tech University Climate Science Center. With her husband Andrew Farley,a Christian author and pastor of an evangelical bible church in west Texas,Dr. Hayhoe has written a book about what climate change means to people of faith.


Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe


ThinkProgress asked Dr. Hayhoe to respond to Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-TX) argument that climate science is a “contrived phony mess” based on “so-called science” in a “secular carbon cult.”

The science of climate change is based on fundamental physical principles that we’ve known about for several hundred years. Every time we burn coal,gas,or oil,it produces carbon dioxide. By digging massive amounts of these fossil fuels out of the ground and burning them,we are disrupting the natural carbon cycle and causing carbon dioxide to build up in the atmosphere.

Carbon dioxide is a heat-trapping gas;its properties can easily be measured in a lab (and I have done it myself). As it builds up in the atmosphere,it traps heat,raising the average temperature of the earth.

There are many lines of evidence we rely on to document the long-term warming of the earth in response to human activities. Thermometers and satellites are just two of these. For many of us,we only have to look in our own backyards to see the evidence with our own eyes. Trees are blooming earlier in the year,winters are getting warmer,summers are getting hotter,extreme heat is becoming more frequent,birds,insects,and other animals are moving northward … in all,more than 25,000 independent lines of physical and biological evidence point to a warming world.

None of us are happy with the idea that humans are altering the average conditions of the planet. If I had my druthers,I know that I would much rather it be a natural cycle that we couldn’t do anything about! But the truth is this:if our planet were being controlled by the sun,or by natural cycles,it would have cooled over the last few decades as we’ve received less energy from the sun than we did before. Instead,the planet has only gotten warmer.

Shooting the messenger who brings bad news is an old habit;but we all know it does nothing to change the news itself. In the same way, dismissing hundreds of years’ worth of science because it doesn’t give us the answer we want to hear will not change the facts.

Humans are altering the average conditions of the planet. So what can we do?

We can continue to challenge the reality of the issue;or we can seize this as an opportunity to wean ourselves off our dependence on the old,dirty,inefficient,and limited fuels of the past. Instead,we can make wise choices — conserving the resources we do have,and investing in our own economy to develop clean sources of energy that will not run out on us and will ensure a better life for our children. Who doesn’t want that??


Good Gardening Advice


Jim DeCamp has been gardening his whole life and drew inspiration from watching his grandparents’ garden. Pam began 32 years ago in 1980,feeling compelled to be self-sustaining and in harmony with the land. Starting up was a trial and error process,learning along the way,especially since they do not use pesticides or fertilizers. It takes time to learn what works and what does not for your plot of land. Each year the DeCamp Gardens experiments with new techniques such as companion gardening. Additionally every year they try out new and unique varieties,such as purple green beans,white cucumbers,purple potatoes,or black tomatoes.

Satisfaction,accomplishment,self-fulfillment are just a few of the phrases the DeCamps use to describe the benefits of gardening,along with exercise of both body and mind.  The three-acres of gardens truly are their own personal gym membership. After hand weeding the entire garden who has time to work out,especially after spending much of the winter months planning!

Starting all the plants from seed in plugs,not everything goes as planned. Frequently the DeCamps discover what plants got mixed up in the planting process or mismarked. Having hot peppers in the row where the egg plants are supposed to be is surprising. So,DeCamps’ advice to anyone wanting to start a garden?  Don’t be afraid to fail,that is how you learn,learn by doing and most of all,be patient.

Jim and Pam DeCamp garden in Noble County.  They can be reached at p_decamp@hotmail.com ordecampgardens@gmail.com

Their story has been submitted by Julia Gorrell,Region 2 Coordinator for Si2016 as an Agricultural green innovation.


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Comment by Ellen on March 1, 2013 at 12:43pm

Well...slow on the draw here, but I did like you on FB.


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