Green year for city hall, businesses

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

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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DePauw, Ball State, Purdue buildings among top AIA design winners

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’ building

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 projects

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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