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May 2009 Blog Posts (25)

The Rumkowski Rabbits

Nothing heavy here. Just a sweet little parable about bunnies... and left-gatekeeper websites.

There was once a warren of rabbits. Most of them were content with being rabbits. For one thing, they had no choice. Furthermore, they realized they had certain talents that enabled them to thrive as rabbits. This they were told by… Continue

Added by waldopaper on May 29, 2009 at 3:36pm — No Comments


As I prepared for my day out of the home office, I outfitted myself in a preppy white shirt, white cotton capris and a cabled turquoise sweater vest, it was at that moment that I changed my thinking about wardrobe. Lead a thought revolution. Choose America's fabric denim. Limiting our wash loads makes a Indiana Greener.

By the by... I am seeking a greener Indiana alternative to Tide if you have one. So, because a very wise woman said "new is for suckers" I went to the thrift store in… Continue

Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on May 28, 2009 at 1:21pm — 6 Comments

Unleash the Goats!

States unleash goats to keep grass trimmed

Maryland uses 40 goats to "mow" grass along highways

Animals are reducing carbon footprint without hurting threatened turtles

New York and Colorado also use goats to trim grass

(CNN) -- Forget lawn mowers. Maryland officials have found a natural way to combat brush while protecting a threatened species.

Maryland officials wanted an eco-friendly solution that wouldn't hurt the area's bog… Continue

Added by Ellen on May 27, 2009 at 8:16pm — 3 Comments

"Green" Clothing

Be forewarned I am ranting.

If anyone thinks just because someone is overweight means we are not going to want to be part of the greening of our society they are looking at the world in a discriminative lens.

For the last two years, I have attended the Chicago Green Festival put on by Green America and Global Exchange. The 2008 event… Continue

Added by Julia Gorrell on May 27, 2009 at 5:41pm — 2 Comments

VOTE TODAY for Indy Food Co-op to get new website!

Indy Food Co-op is currently in 8th Place - help by VOTING for the Indy Food Co-op get a new-fangled website!

Just go to: http://immersive-training.net/non-profits

and use the box in the right column to vote for your favorite non-profit, Indy Food Co-op!!!!

Please don't wait - help us win this important contest today!

Share this with your friends, family and co-workers to VOTE for Indy Food Co-op!

Avoid voting 2nd and 3rd for the top spots… Continue

Added by Julie L. Rhodes on May 26, 2009 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Group IDs invasive plant species

The Invasive Plant Species Assessment Working Group of Indiana has released its downloadable pamphlet, Landscaping with Non-Invasive Plant Species: Making the Right Choice.

The 22-member group, formed in 2001, spent six years analyzing first-hand scientific reports on dozens of plant species, examining how invasive or potentially invasive they are in Indiana. They looked at how these widely available plants escape our landscapes to take root in… Continue

Added by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp on May 24, 2009 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Our Empire of Dirt

I hurt myself today…To see if I still feel I focus on the pain…The only thing that's real The needle tears a hole…The old familiar sting Try to kill it all away… But I remember everything ~ Hurt, by Trent Reznor

On Memorial Day we all have our own rituals. It could be grim and reflective as graveside gardening… or a good weather get-together, smoke and sauce of a backyard barbeque with the drone of Indie engines in the… Continue

Added by waldopaper on May 23, 2009 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Bikini Bare

With the swimming pools opening accross Indiana this memorial day it is time to ponder a greener razor. Change your thinking. Try a recycled razor. Lead a thought revolution one dollar at a time.

An innovation in shaving, the Preserve® Triple Razor provides an eco-friendly shaving option that doesn't sacrifice performance. With our titanium-coated blades and lubrication strip for comfort, Preserve's Triple Razor delivers a clean, close shave for both men and women. Available in four… Continue

Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on May 21, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Ready to discuss LED Lighting

I keep seeing CFL light bulbs as the go-to photograph when people talk about going green. It's my industry, I know it and I know it well, and quite frankly, it absolutely makes me cringe.


That CFL light bulb represents an 'in the meantime' technology, that's not the most efficient, that contains mercury, that many refuse to use anyways because of its downfalls (not instant on, hard to dim, bad CRI, non-consistent color… Continue

Added by Tammi Myers on May 19, 2009 at 5:01pm — 5 Comments

This is great!- Thanks to everyone involved!

I first learned of A Greener Indiana when I met - CEO Derek Reuter handing out cards at the Obama Community Meeting at Concord High School a few months ago. I had intended to sign up a long time ago, but I am so busy and it's just amazing how fast time flies.

Time is yet another limited nonrenewable resource that we must conserve with all of our might!

Thanks to Derek and everyone involved with this. It appears to be an excellent resource and we have much to do to help… Continue

Added by Tom Butler on May 15, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Urban Life

There are many positive changes I have seen in Indianapolis within the last year that makes me have hope. Several stores including Marsh Marketplace, Gap, and others have begun to offer $1-2 reusable bags for shopping. It has also caught my attention that the amount of people riding bikes, walking, etc. has become more prevalent. There has been an increase in the number of recyclable units offered, locations including schools and supermarkets. One event that takes place every year with… Continue

Added by Carmen Schorey on May 14, 2009 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Gestures of Gratitude

After what feels like a scouring of literature on the thoughts on deliberate living I have arrived at a point of enlightenment. Your exchange of ideas on this forum www.agreenerindiana.com are valued and appreciated. Change your thinking. Be present and focus on the next 24 hours and plan for the next 48 hours. What we do each day does matter. Lead the thought revolution. What will you do tomorrow to change the world?

To this end it is… Continue

Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on May 13, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

SAVE MAUMEE Earth Day River Clean-Up 2009 Report, Updates, and Thank-yous!

Save Maumee River Clean-Up Roadside Banner Earth Day 2009

Save Maumee Earth Day River Clean-Up 2009

Celebrate, River Lovers! LOOK what you have done for Earth Day 2009 on the Maumee River! The River thanks you from its bottom!

TRULY, THANK YOU! This work could not be accomplished without YOU!

Sunday April… Continue

Added by Abigail King (Frost-King) on May 13, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Crap Happens

Besides losing my job today, crap happens!

Crap Happens: A Grist Special Report on How We Dispose of Our Poop

A Grist Special Series Intro

Tom Twigg / GristThree hundred million Americans head to the restroom multiple times a day. The amount of sludge produced staggers the mind—7 million dry tons per year and counting. And it’s not even just crap—it contains residues from everything else we put down the drain, from the detergent in your dishwasher to the chemicals… Continue

Added by Ellen on May 12, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

SAVE MAUMEE Earth Day River Clean-Up 2009 Report, Updates, and Thank-yous!

Save Maumee River Clean-Up Roadside Banner Earth Day 2009

Save Maumee Earth Day River Clean-Up 2009

Celebrate, River Lovers! LOOK what you have done for Earth Day 2009 on the Maumee River! The River thanks you from its bottom!

TRULY, THANK YOU! This work could not be accomplished without YOU!

Sunday April… Continue

Added by Grace Strahm on May 11, 2009 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Affluenza Cure: It's all in the Journey

Voluntary simplicity is experiencing life directly with our hearts, minds and bodies. Certainly, this is a motivation to tune up our bikes and re-inflate the tires from a winter’s rest. One major challenge to a greener Indiana is the miles of commuting for employment or provisions. Change your thinking and take a fresh look at how you travel from one place to another. You can lead a thought revolution.

Describe the pleasure of transportation

Think about the costs of personal… Continue

Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on May 11, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Diana Leafe Christian will present a keynote on Ecovillages during 4thh Annual Simply Healthy, 2009

Living Simply Well, Community Building, and Eating Local and Eating Healing Meals” is our focus for 2009. Diana Leafe Christian will help us take a closer look at community building by showing "Ecovillages: Where They Are, What They're Doing, Why They're Important". With over 400 photos, she shows why ecovillagers are devoted to developing these ecological settlements, how ecovillages are beneficially influencing the wider culture, and how ecovillages will most likely affect patterns of human… Continue

Added by Patricia C. Coleman on May 9, 2009 at 9:01am — No Comments

Denim Drive

Ideas for the Green Initiative do not always come from me or the Green Initiative Committee, such as the Denim Drive. This idea came from Robin, Plant 1, Die Room 1st shift employee. Robin came up to me the end of March and said, "I was reading my daughter, Kristen's National… Continue

Added by Julia Gorrell on May 7, 2009 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Bike-to-Work Day

Office commuters can go green on Friday, May 15 by participating in Bike-to-Work Day. Bicycle Indiana is preparing for Bike-to-Work Day on May 15 by organizing routes and meeting places across the state that allow cyclists to link up and safely commute to work. Bicycle Indiana will help promote more than 40 different bicycle-related rides, races and events throughout Indiana during the week of May 11-17—a week proclaimed by Governor Mitch Daniels as Indiana Bike Week. Employers in many cities… Continue

Added by Tricia Parrott on May 7, 2009 at 11:34am — 1 Comment

Green Boating

I have recently added a page to our website titled "Green Boating". I intend to expand this and invite anyone to send me additional tips, information and insights to include on this page. The site page is:

Added by Jerry Hay on May 7, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

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