A Greener Indiana

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We really do live in the coolest neighborhood!

This past weekend, our neighborhood association held a weekend retreat. It was a huge commitment of time for the residents of Cottage Home , a neighborhood nestled between downtown and near eastside Indianapolis. But, we had a great turn-out, and the energy all weekend was amazing.



First, let me tell you that Cottage Home was a working class neighborhood built around the big-boss' house back in the last 1800's, early 1900's. The homes… Continue

Added by Julie L. Rhodes on March 3, 2008 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

I'm Greener than a Frog!

... According to my 8 year old son.

This shocked me when he said this to a stranger the other day. First of all I didn't think he really understood what it meant to be "green" and I didn't realize he knew there was anything different than the way our home operates day-to-day.



But it was a beautiful realization.

I forget about all of the things we do "differently" than much of America because of our focus on low consumption, low waste. Not to mention the hundreds of other… Continue

Added by Christopher Whited on February 28, 2008 at 7:07am — 1 Comment

Composting in Indiana

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 24 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. That's a lot of waste to send to landfills when it could become useful and environmentally beneficial compost instead!



The past couple of weeks I've been doing research for a client on the composting infrastructure in Indiana, and let me tell you folks, it is sad, sad, sad. Most communities, including Indianapolis, have some… Continue

Added by Julie L. Rhodes on February 27, 2008 at 12:30am — 12 Comments

I would like to build a green home in the spring.

I plan to use concrete walls, ceilings and floors, with radiant heat, supplied by solar energy cells. The walls will be 12" thick, and very safe and efficient. This technique is a little more expensive to build than using lumber, but the energy savings offset the initial outlay for construction in a few years. Plus, we use far less trees, and obtain a better product that will last for generations.

Added by John Hillenburg on February 26, 2008 at 5:10pm — 3 Comments

Now is the time....

Now is the time, to turn Indiana around. Are we all really up for the challenge? Seems those who are most dedicated to a greener Indiana, are also those who are busiest....who are already so involved, so committed, so dedicated, and so close to burning out. How do we continue to build on the momentum from the work of the US Green Building Council, or Sustainable Earth or the Hoosier Environmental Council? How does the average person feel connected to the green… Continue

Added by Julie L. Rhodes on February 25, 2008 at 10:22pm — No Comments

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