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Summit’s headquarters earns double LEED certificationRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Summit earned the environmental accolades by including a variety of green-friendly features, including carpeting made from recycling materials, paints with low or no volatile organic compounds, and HVAC and LED lighting systems with energy-efficient controls.
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Bloomington earns green distinction for city hall

December 28, 2012
Associated Press
Other than bragging rights and a plaque on the wall, what's the value of energy and environmental design certification for the city and taxpayers?
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Indianapolis neighborhood striving for LEED statusRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Designation to east-side project would go beyond building certification.
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Federal courthouse in Indianapolis slated for green roofRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Scott Olson
Plants atop the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse are expected to cut costs in long run.
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Habitat for Humanity builds green house in Cottage Home historic neighborhood

July 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The house in the 1300 block of East Ninth Street is the first low-income home in the state to achieve platinum LEED certification.
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Indianapolis gets $10 million for clean energy

April 21, 2010
Associated Press
The grant announced Wednesday is part of $452 million in stimulus funding nationwide for projects meant to make buildings more energy efficient.
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City-County Building 'greening' project to cost $8 million

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
City expects environmentally friendly overhaul of downtown headquarters to provide net savings of $250,000 per year.
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Timber industry seeks respect, profit from 'green' standards

March 6, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Why should bamboo imported from Asia or steel made through intensive use of energy be consider greener than locally grown trees? timber interests ask.
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Indiana Building Green Symposium gains momentum

February 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
What has emerged as the largest local gathering to discuss green building technologies will meet March 10-11 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
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A peek at the future: Nature Conservancy's 'green' HQ

November 7, 2009
Cory Schouten
Work is on schedule for a new headquarters for The Nature Conservancy of Indiana, which includes a variety of first-in-Indianapolis "green" features. Tour the building through IBJ's narrated slideshow.
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Green year for city hall, businesses

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
It’s been a year since Republican Mayor Greg Ballard launched the City’s Office of Sustainability. On Oct. 6, Ballard and his sustainability director, Karen Haley, outlined accomplishments in the first year.
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Architecture firms launch energy venture

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Architectural and engineering firm Schmidt Associates Inc. and mechanical contractor Johnson Melloh Inc. have partnered to form Energy Solutions by JMS, which will promote energy-savings programs to school districts, libraries and units of local government throughout the state.
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Environmental consultant renovates offices to LEED standardRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Scott Olson
August Mack Environmental Inc. renovated the historic Lexington building in downtown Indianapolis with recycled components and energy-efficient lighting.
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Contractors, manufacturers hope clean-energy incentives, mandates lead to more businessRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Federal stimulus funds and greenhouse-gas legislation have the potential to spark a green version of the Gold Rush. Many Indiana firms are retooling to sell products or services that are or might soon be in demand.
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General Assembly, governor bypass green reformsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Indiana environmental advocates had lots of disappointments this year regarding government reform efforts.
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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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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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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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Knauf plans state's first 'gold-certified' buildingRestricted Content

March 17, 2008
Chris O'Malley
in an uncommon move among Indiana manufacturers typically more preoccupied with foreign competition and deteriorating margins, Knauf Insulation is rebuilding its research and development facility, destroyed in a fire last year, to make it 30 percent more energy-efficient than a conventional office building of its size.
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Developer with environmental bent has $20M pipeline of projectsRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Cory Schouten
Expensive suits and luxury cars are standard issue for most developers, but not for the owners of locally based Casa Verde LLC. Three of four owners sport beards. They build only Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certified projects. But don't let the hippie image mask the company's mission: Make green by building green.
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Nature Conservancy buys blighted industrial siteRestricted Content

January 14, 2008
Cory Schouten
The Nature Conservancy has agreed to buy a blighted industrial property on the eastern edge of downtown to develop a new Indiana headquarters. The $4.5 million project--which will revitalize or replace the former home of Nemec Heating & Supply Co. at 614 E. Ohio St.--should provide another boost to an area that has been bulking up on development, mainly residential.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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