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SustainIndy Marks Fifth Anniversary

SustainIndy, an initiative designed to increase the city’s sustainability and quality of life for residents and visitors, is marking its fifth anniversary this month. Since it was launched in October 2008 by Mayor Greg Ballard, the city’s Office of Sustainability has led the effort to achieve communitydefined goals and establish public-private partnerships aimed at improving the local economy and environment.

The terms “sustainability”, “going green” and “reducing the environmental footprint” can often mean different things to different people—SustainIndy’s application of them has been evident in many beneficial initiatives. Programs have included creating 60 miles of greenway trails that connect neighborhoods, parks, attractions and amenities throughout the city—up from less than one mile of bike paths in 2008—building the largest all-electric car-sharing service and increasing urban gardening opportunities.

Greenways serve as an alternative mode of transportation that save people money, help protect the environment and provide many recreational opportunities for residents and families in communities across Marion County.

As SustainIndy marks this milestone, we congratulate their achievements and cheer their efforts to enhance the quality of life in our area and ensure that Indianapolis remains vibrant and healthy for future generations.

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