Indianapolis, IN (June 4, 2008)- David E. Forsell, president of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, is among ten recipients of a 2008 NUVO Cultural Vision Award. Established ten years ago, the program recognizes individuals and organizations in Indianapolis doing innovative work and to celebrate the spirit of community. “The NUVO Cultural Vision Awards are about shining a light on the talented people and creative enterprises,” write the weekly newspaper’s editors.
“I’m surrounded by very bright, passionate people,” says Forsell, whose organization coordinates 30,000 volunteers to work on 400 projects each year. “What I think is nice about our David Forsell IS 2008.jpgorganization is we provide traditional volunteer opportunities, but we’re also interested in creating change.”
A couple of projects exemplify what Forsell is talking about. The Neighborwoods program has received national attention as it works toward its goal of planting 100,000 new trees in Center Township in 10 years. To determine where the trees should go, KIB created a map showing the township’s most stressed-out neighborhoods, based on nine factors elucidating pre-existing environmental and socio-economic pressures. So far, KIB has planted 7,000 trees in township ‘hot spots’ where the existence of trees can help the most. ‘We’re using our ends as a means towards growing leadership and a culture of ownership,’ Forsell says.”
The agency’s new environmentally-friendly headquarters is also cited. Forsell says KIB is “where people with disparate values systems can work together for the common good.”
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