Energy & Environment

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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Auto industry requires unparalleled effortRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Morton Marcus
While America's auto industry is being transformed to become efficient and environmentally conscious, put laid off auto employees to work educating students.
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Architect recognized for 'green' effortsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The U.S. Green Building Council recently honored local architect Bill Brown for his contributions to sustainable design and construction.
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Sugar Creek Utility Co. seeks rate reliefRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Sugar Creek Utility Co. wants the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to grant it rate relief for the 84-lot manufactured housing community Riley Village.
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IU launches new energy research centerRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
IU has launched another energy research center, this time the Center for Research in Energy, administered by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, in Bloomington.
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Hoosier Energy hit with $120M claim from John HancockRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris O'Malley
An electric co-op supplying power to customers in 48 central and southern Indiana counties could face a perilous spike in its financial load following a $120 million claim against it by insurance giant John Hancock Life Insurance Co.
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Indiana Municipal Power Agency buys wind power from IowaRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
The Indiana Municipal Power Agency said it has agreed to buy up to 50 megawatts a year from Crystal Lake Wind Energy Center in Hancock County, Iowa.
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DePauw, Ball State, Purdue buildings among top AIA design winnersRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Scott Olson
Three university projects, two of which contain green-building elements, dominated the most recent design awards presented by the American Institute of Architects Indiana chapter. Of the four award winners, three involved college buildings: the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University, the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering at Purdue University, and the Straw Bale Eco Center at Ball State University.
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Purdue University launches Center for Energy Systems and Policy to meld research, business, public policyRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Last month, Purdue University launched the Center for Energy Systems and Policy to make sure its researchers are working early in the process with business and public-policy experts at the university.
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Let's invest in wind, instead of coalRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Developing wind energy for Indiana would be economical and could make the state a leader in the green economy of the future.
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Apples, pumpkins, kids keep orchard tour guide hoppingRestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Whitney Lee

Ruth Butterfield works as a tour guide at Beasley's Orchard & Gardens three or four days a week every fall, leading an average of two tours a day. Most are school groups, but some adults come with their church groups or on nursing home outings, too.


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Retailers save on energy costs through innovative lighting, heating and coolingRestricted Content

September 29, 2008
Sam Stall

With energy costs at historic highs, retailers are struggling to find ways to trim the cost of lighting, heating and cooling their stores and other facilities. The process of wringing out savings can be long, difficult and complex. However, the rewards are too substantial to ignore.


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Law targeting controversial landfill only fuels fight

September 1, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Even for those with a vested interest in the battle over a proposed landfill near Anderson, it's hard to get too worked up over the latest twist before the courts or government agencies. After all, the Mallard Lake Landfill battle is in its 29th year.
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Alternative-energy company eyes Indiana for 4 wind farmsRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Cory Schouten

Alternative-energy giant Horizon Wind Energy is opening an Indianapolis office focused on developing up to four new wind farms in Indiana at a cost of more than $2 billion. The Houston-based company is renovating space on the top floor of the 12-story J.F. Wild Building at 129 E. Market St., where it plans to manage development of new wind farms in Indiana and Ohio.

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Oil companies drill in Indiana fields thought to be 'played out' a century agoRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Sky-high oil prices have rekindled an industry in east-central Indiana that many thought had run its course a century ago. A handful of wily prospectors motivated by oil prices approaching $150 a barrel are betting that's not the case.
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Port-a-potty cleaning not such a foul job after all

July 14, 2008
Chip Cutter
Danny Hutson jumps down from the cab of his truck, grabs a giant yellow and black hose, and gets ready to deal with a familiar smell: human waste and disinfectant. It's all part of the job for Hutson, who cleans as many as 45 portable toilets a day for Aardvark Tidy Toilets, a division of Indianapolis-based Gridlock Traffic Systems Inc.
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Reducing carbon emissions could send state power prices soaringRestricted Content

June 16, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A report from Purdue University suggests industrial customers in Indiana could see disproportional rate increases in the years ahead as the state's coal-intensive electric utilities are forced to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
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Local engineering firm backing effort to turn garbage into ethanolRestricted Content

May 26, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based engineering and consulting giant RW Armstrong has become lead investor in an upstart ethanol firm that would apply novel technology to make the automotive fuel without using corn as the key ingredient. It would be the first big commercial plant in Indiana to make the alcohol fuel with so-called cellulosic material--the holy grail, of sorts, in the ethanol industry.
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Clean Wave hopes to invest $100M in alternative energy, sustainable technologiesRestricted Content

May 12, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A former Silicon Valley sales executive and a Cincinnati investment manager have formed a venture fund here that's trying to raise $100 million to invest in the new darlings of the investment world: clean technology firms. Clean Wave Ventures founders Scott Prince and Rick Kieser are banking on soaring energy costs attracting investors to the risky but potentially lucrative realm of alternative energy and transportation and related fields.
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Area air quality given mixed reviewsRestricted Content

April 7, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Helped by a combination of plant closures and better emission controls, industrial air pollution in the nine-county region has fallen 14 percent since the economic boom of the late 1990s, a federal database shows. But even with the reductions, the metro area will struggle to comply with reduced ground-level ozone limits announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency March 12.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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