Energy & Environment

Green construction takes root in IndianaRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Six experts in green issues shared their outlook on businesses' environmental responsibilities during IBJ's Power Breakfast Feb. 13.
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Tobias Theater renovation is new model for environmentally sensitive constructionRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Sam Stall
The 600-seat Randall L. and Marianne W. Tobias Theater (nicknamed The Toby) is arguably the greenest facility of its kind in the nation.
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Beats the landfill: Staff disassembled seats for recyclingRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Sam Stall
The staff of the Indianapolis Museum of Art decided to recycle the parts of old theater seats to prevent them from being unloaded in a landfill.
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IPL's plan to stave off power plant upgrades would cost at least $31MRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Chris O'Malley
In a move to delay construction of expensive new generating capacity, Indianapolis Power & Light wants to roll out "smart" electric meters to help customers conserve electricity.
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Elkhart's industries could be transformed to focus on energy conservation and environmental improvementsRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Morton Marcus
Elkhart's industries should shift to producing mass transit vehicles and manufactured housing for low-income, high-density neighborhoods.
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Advanced energy next focus for economic developmentRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership—the parent of the BioCrossroads, TechPoint and Conexus industry cluster initiatives—let it be known last month that there would be a fourth leg to its economic development stool: clean technology.
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'Green' design is sensible in era of great uncertaintyRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Fred Green
Contrary to fears, environmentally friendly construction isn't expensive.
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NASA contracts soaringRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Chris O'Malley
NASA begins to award more grants to Indiana firms and universities.
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This company truly recyclesRestricted Content

February 2, 2009

We at the Indianapolis location of AbitibiBowater, North America’s largest newsprint manufacturer and home of the Paper Retriever paper-recycling program, want to assure those who deposit paper in the green and yellow Abitibi Paper Retriever bins that all paper in this program is recycled and not landfilled.

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City's environmental effort gets boostRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The McKinney Family Foundation has created a fund to support initiatives of Mayor Greg Ballard's 3-month-old Office of Sustainability, an environmental initiative that promotes projects ranging from energy-efficient city buildings to bicycle paths.
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Judge clears Duke Energy attorneysRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Attorneys for Duke Energy, including its local counsel, won't face disciplinary actions over misrepresentations made about the status of a witness in a federal trial last May about air pollution violations.
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Church-goers fuel 'green congregation' effortRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Often, they have some of the biggest, most energy-hungry buildings on the block. And it doesn't hurt that their members believe they'll be held accountable in the next life.
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Falling scrap prices hurt recycling industryRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Sam Stall
It's the best of times and the worst of times for Indianapolis recycling firms. On the one hand, public interest and participation in recycling programs have never been stronger. On the other, the industry's capacity to turn all that trash into treasure rarely has been weaker.
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Groups seeks records tied to utility plant projectRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Four Indiana public interest groups are complaining Gov. Mitch Daniels is ignoring a public records request they made Oct. 29 regarding Daniels' support of a Duke Energy coal gasification plant being built in Edwardsport.
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Gas bills to rise in WestfieldRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Saying its expenses are rising, Citizens Energy Group wants to raise its natural-gas delivery charge for customers in Westfield.
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Green bills sprout at StatehouseRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Legislation filed in the Indiana General Assembly this year seeks renewable energy mandates, stricter building codes throughout Indiana.
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Duke Energy CEO on 'elite' listRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
he CEO of the biggest electricity provider in Indiana has been ranked No. 50 on "The Global Elite" ranking of 50 influential individuals compiled by Newsweek.
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Duke Energy lawyers accused of deceitRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Chris O'Malley
U.S. District Court Judge Larry J. McKinney is threatening to suspend counsel for Duke Energy, including its local attorneys, from practicing in federal court after finding they misled Indianapolis jurors last May in a trial over air-pollution violations.
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Tougher standards give Appel Heating and Air Conditioning a boostRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Amanda Getchel
Business at Carmel-based Appel Heating and Air Conditioning isn't cooling off, despite the nation's economic woes. Revenue continues to increase as the industry becomes more environmentally friendly.
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Something to think about as a new year dawnsRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
I think about the economic crisis, the housing crisis, the climate crisis, the energy crisis, the automotive crisis, the Middle East crisis, the education crisis, the college affordability crisis and all the other crises — real, imagined and manufactured — and I wonder whether they'll drive us to the precipice, or even the apocalypse, and whether we'll change at the last minute, and, should we survive, whether we'll remember what we want to forget or forget what we want to remember.
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'Smoke free' needs to be the law in all Hoosier public placesRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
If Indianapolis is going to be a first-class city, it needs to have a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law.
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State ends contract with local air pollution control agenciesRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Local health groups are aghast at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's decision to end contracts with six local air pollution control agencies.
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Smoke Free Indy advocates mount new campaignRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anti-smoking advocates are organizing a new attempt to strengthen Indianapolis' ban against smoking in the workplace.
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Convention center, please go greenRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Wouldn't it be great to offer the new addition to the Convention Center as an example of green-building practices?
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Conservationist awarded for his dogged pursuit to save endangered speciesRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Mickey Maurer
Through the efforts of The Indianapolis Zoo, the animal conservation world lasers in on Indianapolis every two years — presenting our community an opportunity to recognize and learn from a hero in science and conservation.
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