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Survey to gauge how Indianapolis views sustainability


February 18, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS - Businesses, health care organizations, churches, nonprofits, higher education institutions, other groups and residents in Indianapolis are being asked how they view sustainability in a survey sponsored by the Indiana Construction Roundtable and conducted by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The results will be presented April 24 at a Sustain a Better Indy event.

The survey consists of 19 questions. Among them: “How sustainable is your organization or home?” “Do you recycle at your organization and home?” and “How willing would you be to pay more for the implementation of sustainability efforts in Indianapolis?”

A general definition of sustainability is that it creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that fulfill social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

Surveys will be collected through mid-March, when responses will be analyzed, said Colleen McCormick, director of the IUPUI Office of Sustainability.

The survey’s purpose is to examine the sustainability practices of those in the Indianapolis community and use the data to determine possible improvements to current and future sustainability practices, McCormick said.

This research project was undertaken with the support of Citizens Energy Group, Eli Lilly, Enginuity Engineering + Management, F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Hagerman Group, Indianapolis Power & Light, IU Health, IUPUI, Mattison Corp., Messer Construction, Meyer Najem, MSKTD & Associates, North Mechanical Contracting and Safety Management Group.

In addition to presenting survey results, the Sustain a Better Indy meeting will feature a summary of sustainability findings and perspectives from other cities similar in size to Indianapolis and a discussion panel of community leaders, who will respond to the survey results. It will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. April 24 at the Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St.

“Ultimately we anticipate that the findings will be eye-opening to many Indianapolis core business and institutional leaders as they realize that living in a more sustainable manner is not only an environmentally sound practice, but one that actually makes good business sense and positively impacts the quality of life within our community as a whole,” the Sustain a Better Indy planning committee said in a statement.