Guest Author: Tom Barrett, GreenWater Infrastructure This is the third article in a series about green infrastructure in Indianapolis. Having looked at Indy’s Combined Sewer Overflow issues and green infrastructure (GI) in general, we now examine one model U.S. city that has fully embraced GI controls. Indianapolis has a sewer problem. Specifically, our combined sewer […]

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Guest Author: Tom Barrett, GreenWater Infrastructure What would Indianapolis look like if, instead of building more “gray” we planted more “green”? In our last article, we presented the serious issues that result from Indy’s Combined Sewer System, particularly with the sewer overflow from that system whenever it rains. The chosen remedy for this dilemma is […]

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Guest Author: Tom Barrett, GreenWater Infrastructure Have you ever received one of these notices from Citizens Energy Group? They’re issued at least 50 times per year, to advise Indianapolis residents to “avoid all contact with streams for the next 4 days,” due to raw sewage overflowing from our antiquated sewer system. How Our Sewer System […]

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When I first talked with Mark, the General Manager at Crown Moving and Storage, he nicknamed our project the Shoe Shuffle. I had contacted Wheaton World Wide Moving about helping us move 1,300 pairs of shoes from three locations in the Indianapolis area to Batesville. For us, it seemed like an overwhelming task. As the […]

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Guest Author: Greg Ehrendreich, Research Analyst, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) Multifamily housing is a substantial portion of the housing stock in Midwestern states, making up 11-22% of the housing market, 13% in Indiana. Energy efficiency for multifamily housing seems like a sure bet. Estimates show possible energy savings in multifamily affordable housing as high […]

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Author: Garrett Lang, Gotta Go Dumpster Service, an HEC Green Business Industrial Compactors: Increase waste efficiency when large scale recycling isn’t an option. In a perfect world, manufacturing plants, industrial facilities and the hospitality industry would all be zero waste facilities. They would be able to recycle 100 percent of the materials they used and […]

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by Bob Weaver You should care. The benefits go well beyond the use/don’t use question. It’s an easy, knee-jerk reaction. “I won’t use a greenway.” Or, “It’s a waste because it will only benefit a few people.” It’s a reaction. But it’s not a solid argument. While it doesn’t have to be your choice for […]

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HEC Green Business Holiday Eating and Gifting Guide ‘Twas the month of December, and all through the State All Hoosiers were stirring, ‘tis the season to celebrate. From Hanukkah to Solstice to Kwanza to Christmas, We hope this year you’ll support an HEC Green Business! Neal Brown Hospitality Group – Holiday dinner and cocktails at […]

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Conserve, Connect, Create. Which one resonates with you? One HEC staffer attempts, and fails, to pick just one. by Bob Weaver Which one resonates with you when you think about the Mounds Greenway – Conserve, Connect, or Create? This is a question we posed on Facebook. It has 20 plus “Likes”, which I assume is […]

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By Shar Kipfer, Community Relations and Development Coordinator I admit it.  I’m a big fan of – and a huge cheerleader for – the Hoosier Environmental Council. I have been for some years now. About a year ago, with a ton of enthusiasm and a fair bit of life experience, I was thrilled to land a position […]

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