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[IDEM] Seven organizations receive highest honor for environmental achievements
Start Date: 10/3/2012
End Date: 10/3/2012
Entry Description

Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence have been presented to seven organizations to honor their extraordinary efforts to protect and benefit Hoosiers and our environment. Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Commissioner Thomas Easterly presented the awards yesterday during the 20th Annual Conference of the Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts at PRIMO-West Conference Center in Plainfield.


“Improving the environment involves local innovation, enthusiasm and a commitment to change,” said Easterly. “The extraordinary achievements of these organizations benefit our communities and our environment.”


These are the categories and the recipients:


Outreach and Education:

Ÿ  2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, Indianapolis, Marion County for the 1st & Green project. All of the environmental programs of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl were managed under the 1st & Green project. The goal went was not only to reduce the environmental impact of Super Bowl XLVI but also to inspire Indiana residents, businesses, organizations and individuals to take action to improve our environment that will last long after the game was played. Initiatives include the 1st & Green Challenge, a Web-based program in which participants logged the actions they took to reduce water usage and carbon emissions; Green Corps, an environmental education program in which high school students throughout Indiana carried out tree plantings, clean-up projects and recycling projects; and the 2012 Trees by 2012 program, in which over 2,800 trees were planted on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. 1st & Green also included recycling, prepared food recovery and materials recovery programs during the event. 


  • Upper White River Watershed Alliance and Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation, Indianapolis, Marion County for the Clear Choices Clean Water project. This ongoing campaign is aimed at increasing awareness about the impact residents have on the environment, with a special focus on individual action and widespread social change. The initiative includes an online pledge system, interactive website at, and Facebook page, along with the use of traditional promotional postcards, radio, TV and billboards. Pledges are focused on specific water quality friendly lawn care, such as using phosphorus-free fertilizer, using native plantings, and managing septic systems, yard waste and pet waste. 


Greening the Environment:

Ÿ  Clay Township Regional Waste District, Indianapolis, Hamilton County, for its Greening CTRWD project. Clay Township Regional Waste District (CTRWD), a sewer district in Hamilton County, has worked to become a leading environmental steward in the sewer business through the launch of several programs and initiatives in 2010 and 2011. Initiatives include the creation of a wildlife friendly habitat at its wastewater treatment plant, extensive outreach for the prevention of fat, oil and grease (FOG), moving to a paperless system in its accounting and collections department, and purchasing high-efficient equipment above national standards. The ongoing programs and initiatives benefit the environment and the community, and create substantial savings.


  • Town of Ferdinand, Ferdinand, Dubois County, for the Town of Ferdinand Green Initiatives. The Town of Ferdinand has implemented several green projects over the past couple of years in an effort to become an overall greener community and help residents understand the importance of being environmentally friendly. Initiatives include beginning a recycling program for the town offices; beginning a recycling program in two town parks; obtaining a grant to plant about 125 new trees in the 18th Street park; and obtaining a grant to use a mixture of recycled tires and asphalt to resurface about one mile of walking trails. Not the least of its initiatives is the use of non-potable, recycled water to irrigate football, soccer, softball, and baseball fields at the 5th Street park. The water is captured prior to discharge, stored in an underground tank, and sprinkled overnight. It has resulted in a savings for the wastewater treatment plant and the park board.

Land Use:

Ÿ  City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation, Bloomington, Monroe County, for the Bloomington Indiana B-Line Trail. In turning an abandoned railroad corridor into a linear park called the B-Line Trail, the City of Bloomington used a unique approach to simultaneously cleanup and redevelop the area. Arsenic, lead and other contaminants were left behind by over a century of railroad use. The project involved protecting the public from exposure to these contaminants through various remediation techniques, including capping with impervious concrete, asphalt, pavers and clean soil. Excavation was avoided where possible, which reduced quantities of landfilled material. The final phase of the B-Line was dedicated and opened to the public in September 2011 after remediation and construction was complete. The project was funded through several sources including an INDOT Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant and Indiana Brownfield Program (IBP) remediation grant, which is the first time these agencies have worked together.



Ÿ  City of Fort Wayne Solid Waste Department, Fort Wayne, Allen County, for its Single Stream Recycling Program. The City of Fort Wayne, in partnership with its contractor Republic Service, has changed the structure of collection and processing contracts and is using technological advancements to improve its recycling program. In 2011, the city implemented a new single stream recycling program. Participation rates increased from 33 to 73 percent in one year. Changes in the structure of collection and processing contracts are making it easier for residents to recycle, provide revenue from the materials, and incentivize the program. The use of automated collection trucks are making it easier for the collection contractor to service homes and maximize efficiencies on their end.


  • Kimball International, Inc., Jasper, Dubois County, for its Corporate Recycling Center. The Corporate Recycling Center of Kimball International, Inc. is a unique operation of the Office Furniture, Hospitality Furniture and Contract Electronics Manufacturing company, recycling over 4.3 million pounds of materials in 2011 in 65 differing commodity types. The Corporate Recycling Center avoids landfill fees and has returned a financial gain back to the Kimball facilities for a total savings of over $4 million since it was founded in 2002. Energy use reductions at the Corporate Recycling Center have shown that large reductions can occur at small locations with only two employees. Greenhouse Gases were reduced by 63 metric tons per year from 2008 to 2011. The Corporate Recycling Center hosts tours for visitors to provide education on recycling, re-use, and new energy efficiency products. It also provides a source for employees to recycle materials that would not normally be an option in rural areas of Indiana.

The City of West Lafayette also received a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for its innovative waste-to-energy wastewater treatment system that allows electricity to be generated from grease and food scraps. The award was presented in the category of Energy and Renewable Resources during the annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show held on September 20, 2012, at PRIMO-West in Plainfield.


About the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence ( recognize Indiana’s leaders who have identified and implemented innovative environmental practices into their programs and facilities. The awards program is open to all Indiana facilities, state and local units of government, individuals, and technical assistance organizations that implement exemplary environmental projects with measurable results.


About IDEM

Established in 1986, IDEM ( implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment. 



Contact Information:
Name: Amy Hartsock
Phone: (317) 233-4927
Entry Type:
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Entry Category:
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  • Agency Name
    Environmental Management, Indiana Department of

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