Indianapolis Mayor Wants to Green His Industrial City

Indianapolis (May 15, 2007)- Mayor Bart Peterson today stood atop a “green” roof at the Indianapolis Museum of Art to announce Indy GreenPrint, his plan to make Indianapolis more sustainable and position the city to be a leader in climate protection, energy efficiency and energy conservation.

Green roof projects, which involve growing plants, flowers and other vegetation on top of roofs, can reduce stormwater runoff and maintenance costs.
Indianapolis is collaborating with other cities across the nation on environmental cleanup, Mayor Peterson said.
“As of April 5, 2007 442 mayors representing over 61 million Americans – including myself – have signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which covers urban areas housing 61 million Americans.
Indianapolis has been a manufacturing center for decades and manufacturing is the region’s largest industry today. Indianapolis factories make aircraft engines and automobile engine blocks, medicine and chemicals.
The state environmental agency and the Indiana State Department of Health issued a report in 2002 on hazardous air pollution that identified the southwest side of the city where factories are concentrated as an area of concern.
Today, Mayor Peterson said programs to improve water and air quality, the efficient use of resources, renewable energy leadership, accessible and reliable public transportation, and green building practices are all key ways to make Indianapolis and community more sustainable.
“I also challenge you, and all residents of central Indiana to make ‘going green’ a priority in your own life,” the mayor said. “Through small actions-like using compact fluorescent bulbs, turning off electronic devices when not in use, carpooling to work, recycling or purchasing fuel efficient vehicles – you can make a big difference to our community, and even our planet.”
Mayor Peterson made a commitment to make Indianapolis greener and more sustainable in his 2007 State of the City Address in February.
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