Three Indianapolis entities are among the 2010 state environmental award winners announced Tuesday at the solid waste management association annual meeting.
Eli Lilly and Company, the Indianapolis Zoo and Daubenspeck Nature Park in Indianapolis were named award winners at the 18th annual Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts, Inc. conference and exposition.
Lilly’s award was in the land use category when it transformed a former gravel quarry into a 255-acre recreational park and incorporated the use of computerized technology in a multi-year project to reduce water usage by 39 percent across 120 acres within the Indianapolis area. The company also manages a fleet of propane mowers that emit less carbon dioxide emissions than traditional gasoline-fueled equipment, cultivates a garden designed for zero storm water runoff, and utilizes insect management methods that diminish chemical use.
An annual program that began in 1994, the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence recognize Indiana’s leaders in identifying and implementing 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.
Indianapolis Zoo was honored for its commitment to educational programming that encouraged more than one million annual Zoo visitors to take steps in their own lives to embrace environmental conservation. Some of the results include recycling more than 6.5 tons of paper, four tons of glass, aluminum and plastic, 520 yards of wood and 24 tons of cardboard. They also composted 200 yards of waste.
Daubenspeck Community Nature Park, encompassing 22 acres at 8900 Ditch Road in Indianapolis, is a unique venture that combines a volunteer run non-profit organization, land belonging to the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township, and a private homeowners association.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management said in a news release Tuesday that by seeking and using innovative environmental practices, these facilities and programs have reduced waste, saved money and contributed to Indiana’s environmental protection efforts, benefiting the health and welfare of the state’s communities.
Environmental award winners for 2010:
- Land use: Daubenspeck Community Nature Park, Indianapolis;
- Outreach or education: Indian Creek Watershed Project, Vevay, and West Lafayette Go Greener Commission; and,
- Recycling/Reuse: Indianapolis Zoo and TREES, Inc., Terre Haute.
Additional information about the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence can be found by visiting www.idem.IN.gov/5155.htm.