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Got Lemons?


Closed windows, gas or electric heat, these are the times of poor air quality.  Using lemon peels with natural sea salt to take absorb the toxins in my winter home.  Trying to add more houseplants and live Rosemary to the mix to "breathe" the extra carbon emissions.  What do you do to clean the air quality of your home?

Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on January 27, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Practicing Biodynamics: Pruning in January

The Center for Sustainable Community Permaculture Observation Journal Entry #1, January 7th, 2013: Hayden and Ernest “Practicing Biodynamics: Pruning in January”

Today Hayden and I (Ernest) practiced pruning in the orchard. According to the …


Added by Ernest Rando on January 17, 2013 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments


Last night I watched the movie "The American President" starring Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen and Michael J. Fox. The casting, the writing, and the chemistry are all near perfect but what stood out this time (my third time seeing it) was how the issues struggled with seemed so contemporary for a movie made in 1995: Global Warming, Gun Control, Libya, Political Posturing, and Leadership.

Finally, the :President (Michael Douglas) gets it.  He was elected to lead…


Added by John Gibson on January 6, 2013 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Assumption choices in 2013

Assumptions rule our actions and relationships.

If we assume that Human Nature is driven by self-interest, Mother Nature is an endless storehouse of treasures and a dumping ground for our waste, and that success is measured by GNP (Gross National Product) we get one set of actions.

If we assume that Human Nature is prone to cooperation in cohesive community,  Mother Nature is a benevolent lover, and that success is measured by GNH (Gross National Happiness) we get another set…


Added by John Gibson on December 31, 2012 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Preserving the fall harvest, Center for Sustainable Community Canning Kitchen

Here are photos of some of the first fall harvest vegetables that we preserved in the Center for Sustainable Community Canning Kitchen. We started off the season with storing strawberry corn kernels,canning tomatoes, beets, applesauce, BBQ sauce, sweet & sour sauce, chutney, and lots of peach jam. It was the first time that Megan and I had ever canned this much food from a garden. Enjoy the photos and if your ever in the neighborhood…


Added by Ernest Rando on December 26, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The roots of violence

Yes, gun regulations and better mental health services may help.  Even so, I think the issue goes deeper.  We have a culture that nurtures violence through win-lose competition and exploitation.  Many are thereby pushed to the margins, isolated, and ignored; a perfect recipe for resentment and discontent.  I fear we will rush in to treat the symptoms and overlook the root causes of violence.

Added by John Gibson on December 18, 2012 at 11:34pm — 1 Comment

Center for Sustainable Community November Perma-Blitz

The Center for Sustainable Community November Perma-Blitz went well for our first Perma-Blitz. Our aim is to create a no-cost skill-building Permaculture Event (Perma-Blitz) each month. We also hope to be able to support some local permaculture Meetup groups around the state once a month. The organizers of the November Perma-Blitz were …


Added by Ernest Rando on December 3, 2012 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Birds, My Urban Wild Habitat, and 'Electrosmog'

Really, really missing our birds. I have been tracking wildlife, birds in our urban wildlife habitat for ten years now. This year, no Juncos, Titmouse left several moons ago, and never returned, same with Chickadees, Red Breast woodpeckers.  Hardly any Cardinals either.

I realize weather changes, continued drought mainly, could be to blame, as well as the decimation of thousands of trees by invasive, alien insects, man, but there could be another issue here, electrosmog.



Added by Ellen on November 29, 2012 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

What to do with Apples from the Backyard Orchard

We are new members of the Center for Sustainable Community, but we felt right at home helping out this fall with the apple preserving, harvesting, and orchard maintenance.

This post is a general how to preserve apples article that demonstrates how C.S.C. worked together to preserve apples this year. We have a 3-ish acre orchard (mostly apples) that is quite mature and in need of some tender loving care. We have many apple trees that could be replaced and we believe the orchard is in…


Added by Ernest Rando on November 24, 2012 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Local Feast - Food For Thought

Tuesday, November 20 at 6pm - Legend - 5614 E Washington Street, 46219

This month the Irvington Green Initiative will continue our effort to provide a forum for everything 'Green' by presenting Kristin Hess and Laura Henderson. Kristin is the award-winning…


Added by Jeff Echols on November 8, 2012 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Falling for a green transition

A great big temper tantrum for my transition to fall! In with a cold, head congestion and many toss and turn nights the thought of turning my home for the season was the last thing from my mind. But fall marches for no woman like the brisk wind from the North. So in honor of the days ahead the season of light here are my favorite green transition in this season of orange and…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on October 14, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Presidential Debate

I listened to the debate last night and decided that although one or the other will be our next President neither of them deserve to be.  There was no mention at all of sustainability, global warming, or climate change.  There were a few comments about renewable energy but only in the context of energy independence.  Both debaters took fossil fuel energy for granted without even suggesting the damage it is doing to the environment, the atmosphere, and the health of all species.  Where is the…


Added by John Gibson on October 4, 2012 at 2:09pm — 1 Comment

The Big Transit Event

Tuesday, October 23rd at 6pm - Location to be announced.

This month the Irvington Green Initiative will continue their effort to provide a forum for everything 'Green' by teaming with the Hoosier Environmental Council and Indiana Citizens' Alliance for Transit to talk about Transit.



Added by Jeff Echols on September 30, 2012 at 6:33pm — 3 Comments

Turn the White River Green Hour

Tuesday, September 18 - 6pm at ONE 10 STUDIO - 211 S Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis 46219

We're excited to be teaming with the Hoosier Environmental Council for our September Green Hour.

Many of you will remember our fantastic program last November when we had the pleasure to host both Carey Hamilton, Executive Director of the Indiana Recycling Coalition and Jesse Kharbanda, Executive Director of the Hoosier…


Added by Jeff Echols on September 14, 2012 at 8:01am — No Comments

I got to test drive an Electric Vehicle

I was lucky enough to be able to test drive an Electric Vehicle.  I was near Downtown Indianapolis at www.TheGoGreenPros.com.  They do Electric car conversions as well as veggie oil, hydrogen generators, as well as general car repairs.

The car had 200,000 electric miles on the same motor and it uses 20 golf cart batteries for power.  This one is a fiero but there are many cars that convert well.  This would be great for a commuter the range…


Added by Eric Stallsmith on September 13, 2012 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Jasper Indiana Garden Party 8-18-2012

I went to a great garden party in Jasper to celebrate the www.sustainableindiana2016.org day of garden parties.  We were hosted by Living Roots Ecovillage.

What I learned that day far exceeded my expectations and really made me realize that farming in Indiana is changing as we speak.  I also saw first hand what happens when a group of smart and motivated…


Added by Eric Stallsmith on August 20, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Bloomington Garden Party 8-18-2012

I went to a garden party and met new friends

(a better post exists on this by Ann Kreilkamp, the person that hosted the party.  check it out here)

In Bloomington, The Center for Sustainability participated in…


Added by Eric Stallsmith on August 20, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Game on Grocery Store


After a year of belonging to the Indy Food Swap, I have come to understand the power of the fete.  Woman joined together to accomplish a goal and in this case a grocery basket goods to fill my weekend with joy.


I feel abundant when we gather, to share, participate and potluck into an afternoon of frivolity with a mission.  To fill the larder during the harvest.


My heart was inspired by the garden vegetable salsa and I am seeking the recipe for the Cup…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on August 19, 2012 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Day of the Lughna: Glamping

This is how it really turned out on Sunday, August 12, 2012


The Day of the Lughna is a celebration of the beginning of the harvest.  An ending to the time of lack and the beginning of abundance.  Today, we celebrate in the perfect weather in our great State of Indiana.


A mussie tussie was the first gift to my gal pals as I greeted each one of them with an organic nose gay upon their forearm.  The bouquet garne was filled with a scented geranium, hyssop and…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on August 12, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Better Bones & Gardens!

The programming for the next Green Hour is a screening of the short film Better Bones and Gardens!

Tuesday August 21st - 7pm at Mundell & Associates - 110 S Downey Avenue, 46219

This month we'll continue our effort to provide a forum for everything 'Green' by screening the short film "Better Bones & Gardens."

Thanks to the planning…


Added by Jeff Echols on August 8, 2012 at 6:58am — No Comments

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Dry cleaning while greening


So, what dry cleaner can I use now?



OK, so this question wasn’t actually emailed to me. It was asked directly by my husband while planning his attire for a wedding.

There are a handful of “green” dry cleaning options out there these days, but you [...]

Treecycling recap

Happy 2015, Folks! Now that we’re closer to Groundhog Day than Christmas, I thought it’s about time I offer up a tree-cap of #TreecyclingIndy.

For starters, THANK YOU to all who donated to the gofundme campaign. We raised almost exactly enough money to cover the expenses associated with the program. [...]

Foam party


I have a bunch of Styrofoam from various product packaging, enough to fill two trash cans.

Is there a place in Indy that I can recycle or properly dispose of this?




If I could illustrate me answering this question, it would look like a Calvin and [...]

Reface Don't Replace

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Reface! Don't Replace!

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