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Sustainability
in Indianapolis
Melody Park, Director
City of Indianapolis –Office of Sustainability
What on Earth is The Office
of Sustainability?
Office of Sustainability is a
professional office created by Mayor
Ballard ...
Main Charges of
Office of Sustainability
• Lead sustainability efforts within city government
• Coordinate and collaborate...
What is Sustainability?
Three Pillars
• Environment
– Best practices to create healthy environment
• Economic
– Promote st...
What is the City’s Effort on
Sustainability?
5
• The City is evaluating and
quantifying the sustainability efforts
so that...
Natural Systems
Current Priorities
• Enhance our tree canopy
• Preserve and expand our natural
areas
• Improve outdoor air...
Natural Systems
Programs
• Make Change Indy – Water
Currency Program
– Make Change is a pilot program for
alternative curr...
Economy & Jobs
Current Priorities
• Target and seek out
opportunities for business
retention and development
• Ensure a ro...
Built Environment
Current Priorities
• Maintain affordable housing
options for all residents
• Develop or redevelop vacant...
Built Environment
Development
• Market Square Arena
Development
• Lugar Tower
• CityWay
Built Environment
Bikeway and Trail Projects
• 71st St. Bikeway – Under construction
• Fall Creek Trail – Monon Trail to C...
Built Environment
Near-Eastside Neighborhood Sweeps
• Conducts home energy audits in the
near-east side neighborhood of
In...
Built Environment
Ecohouse Loan Program
• Offers qualified applicants up
to $15,000 for home upgrades
– Free home energy a...
Climate & Energy
Current Priorities
• Reduce greenhouse gas
emissions
• Diversify and green our energy
supply
• Increase e...
Climate & Energy
Programs
• Car sharing
– $35 million all-electric vehicle system
– 500 cars
– 200 rental stations
– 1200 ...
Education, Arts & Community
Current Priorities
• Improve and increase high-
quality education options for all
residents
• ...
Education, Arts & Community
Art Council Grant
• $1 million grant funded by the
City of Indianapolis & Capital
Improvement ...
Heath & Safety
Current Priorities
• Encourage active lifestyles
• Promote nutritious eating and
local food production
• Im...
Heath & Safety
Indy Food Fund
The Indy Food Fund has announced its first-
ever grant awards totaling $49,450 to eleven
org...
Heath & Safety
The Indy Public Safety Foundation was
created with the goal of becoming a support
system for the police and...
Equity & Empowerment
Current Priorities
• Encourage civic engagement and
participation in local decision-
making
• Reduce ...
Equity & Empowerment
New Wishard Hospital
• Indiana’s Largest Public Health System
• Will rank among the most advanced hos...
Equity & Empowerment
Indianapolis Cultural Trail
• 8.0 mile trail that serves as the hub for the
City’s greenway and trail...
Equity & Empowerment
City’s Minority, Women, Veteran and Disability
Business Enterprise Program
• Promotes meaningful busi...
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What on Earth is Sustainability?

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What on earth is sustainability and what does it mean to the city of Indianapolis? What does the City's Office of Sustainability do and what impact is the SustainIndy effort having on the overall health of the city of Indianapolis? Learn some of the answers by watching the slideshow.

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What on Earth is Sustainability?

  1. 1. Sustainability in Indianapolis Melody Park, Director City of Indianapolis –Office of Sustainability
  2. 2. What on Earth is The Office of Sustainability? Office of Sustainability is a professional office created by Mayor Ballard to be the driving force behind SustainIndy. 2
  3. 3. Main Charges of Office of Sustainability • Lead sustainability efforts within city government • Coordinate and collaborate on community sustainability goals - including acting as primary liaison to the City of Indianapolis Green Commission, and • Establish public-private partnership opportunities to move forward aggressively on achieving the vision of a more sustainable Indianapolis 3
  4. 4. What is Sustainability? Three Pillars • Environment – Best practices to create healthy environment • Economic – Promote strong economic development • Social – Well being of the people 4
  5. 5. What is the City’s Effort on Sustainability? 5 • The City is evaluating and quantifying the sustainability efforts so that we can improve on livability
  6. 6. Natural Systems Current Priorities • Enhance our tree canopy • Preserve and expand our natural areas • Improve outdoor air quality • Improve water quality and secure water supply
  7. 7. Natural Systems Programs • Make Change Indy – Water Currency Program – Make Change is a pilot program for alternative currency in the Mid-North Neighborhood of Indianapolis. If you do something good for water you get Water Currency Coins that you can spend at local businesses for their products. • CSO – Controlling infiltration
  8. 8. Economy & Jobs Current Priorities • Target and seek out opportunities for business retention and development • Ensure a robust local economy with quality jobs and living wages to promote self-reliant community with a high standard of living • Increase the post-secondary education attainment and improve outcomes of workforce and deployment programs
  9. 9. Built Environment Current Priorities • Maintain affordable housing options for all residents • Develop or redevelop vacant or underutilized areas in the city • Enhance public spaces • Expand transportation options
  10. 10. Built Environment Development • Market Square Arena Development • Lugar Tower • CityWay
  11. 11. Built Environment Bikeway and Trail Projects • 71st St. Bikeway – Under construction • Fall Creek Trail – Monon Trail to Central Ave. – Under construction • South White River Greenway – Under construction • Eagle Creek Greenway – Currently being designed • 46th St / Mitthoeffer Bikeways – Design 2014/2015 • Southeastern Ave. / Prospect – Design 2014/2015 • Airport / Raymond St. Bikeways – Design 2014/2015 • Pennsy Greenway / German Church Rd. – Currently acquiring land • Pogues Run Greenway – Currently being designed
  12. 12. Built Environment Near-Eastside Neighborhood Sweeps • Conducts home energy audits in the near-east side neighborhood of Indianapolis • Homes receive targeted energy- efficiency upgrades, including air sealing and attic insulation.
  13. 13. Built Environment Ecohouse Loan Program • Offers qualified applicants up to $15,000 for home upgrades – Free home energy audit that helps identify and prioritize upgrade choices. – Referrals to licensed trusted contractors and project managers. – Discounts on Energy Star appliances. – Long-term money savings and improved comfort. – Up to $3,000 in matching incentives.
  14. 14. Climate & Energy Current Priorities • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions • Diversify and green our energy supply • Increase efficiency of city buildings and infrastructure • Encourage green building • Decrease overall waste and encourage recycling
  15. 15. Climate & Energy Programs • Car sharing – $35 million all-electric vehicle system – 500 cars – 200 rental stations – 1200 charging stations • Bike sharing – $1 million • City-County Building LEED Certification – Implementing prerequisites for the LEED certification process. • Greening America’s Capitals – A design workshop was held March 19-21 to incorporate green design features into the east plaza of City Market and south plaza of CCB.
  16. 16. Education, Arts & Community Current Priorities • Improve and increase high- quality education options for all residents • Broaden the range of arts and culture resources • Create opportunities for community interaction and community building opportunities • Share information about community issues and services • Celebrate diversity in our community
  17. 17. Education, Arts & Community Art Council Grant • $1 million grant funded by the City of Indianapolis & Capital Improvement Board – Enables arts organizations to provide arts programming and educational opportunities – Promote Indianapolis as a cultural destination – Enhance economic development – Build the capacity and stability of Indianapolis’ arts and cultural organizations – Share arts programs and activities with underserved audiences
  18. 18. Heath & Safety Current Priorities • Encourage active lifestyles • Promote nutritious eating and local food production • Improve emergency prevention and response • Reduce natural and human hazards
  19. 19. Heath & Safety Indy Food Fund The Indy Food Fund has announced its first- ever grant awards totaling $49,450 to eleven organizations undertaking transformative food projects across Marion County. • Improve access to healthy food for Indianapolis residents • Spur economic development and create jobs • Create a sense of place, foster civic engagement, and beautify our neighborhoods • Increase the amount and demand for food grown locally • Create a sustainable metropolitan area
  20. 20. Heath & Safety The Indy Public Safety Foundation was created with the goal of becoming a support system for the police and fire departments and the city’s EMS and emergency communications agencies. • Business and community leaders volunteering their expertise • Money raised will support extra training, additional equipment and youth leagues
  21. 21. Equity & Empowerment Current Priorities • Encourage civic engagement and participation in local decision- making • Reduce environmental and health hazards • Enhance access to foundational community assets • Ensure human services program are available to guarantee basic needs
  22. 22. Equity & Empowerment New Wishard Hospital • Indiana’s Largest Public Health System • Will rank among the most advanced hospital in energy efficiency and environmental design in the US • 85% of Marion County voters approved construction of the new Wishard Hospital • Wishard handles more than 1.2 million outpatient visits annually
  23. 23. Equity & Empowerment Indianapolis Cultural Trail • 8.0 mile trail that serves as the hub for the City’s greenway and trail system • Estimated economic impact $864.5 million, estimated jobs created 11,372(based on study by the Indiana University Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, 2008) • No local tax money used for this project
  24. 24. Equity & Empowerment City’s Minority, Women, Veteran and Disability Business Enterprise Program • Promotes meaningful business opportunities • Builds productive partnerships • Creates successful integration of M/W/V/DBE firms within the business infrastructure of the City of Indianapolis
  25. 25. Thank you!

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