Butler University and the Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) will both be inducted into the Green Lights Hall of Fame on September 15 at the Christian Theological Seminary.
The Green Light Awards—a series of climate solutions compiled by Sustainable Indiana 2016 as part of the Bicentennial—are distributed to organizations and individuals who are at the forefront of promoting sustainability across the state of Indiana.
The CUE is being recognized for its efforts to study, practice, and educate sustainable solutions for urban environments such as the CUE Farm, research on urban wildlife, and the Make Change Indy program that rewarded 440 Indianapolis residents for engaging in a total of 950 hours of sustainable activities.
The second recognition of the evening will be presented to Butler President James M. Danko for signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2012 and taking subsequent steps to meet this commitment to achieve carbon neutrality on Butler University’s campus by 2050.
“The presentation of two Green Light Awards to Butler University is evidence of our leadership in pushing the boundaries of sustainability in Indianapolis,” CUE Director Julia Angstmann said. “The Center for Urban Ecology is proud to be part of a statewide effort to leave behind a positive environmental legacy for future generations.”
Sustainable initiatives on Butler’s campus to date have included two LEED Gold-certified buildings and one LEED Silver renovation, rain gardens and permeable bike lanes, motion sensor and LED lighting, the CUE Farm, and composting of food waste, among others. Each awardee was featured in a green Legacy story on the Sustainable Indiana 2016 website throughout the past year.