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Today, IPS celebrates the 46th annual National
Earth Day movement! 

 

Every year since the inaugural celebration in 1970, after a
devastating oil spill, billions of people across the world show support by
channeling their energies toward environmental issues and innovative solutions.

 

In an effort to decrease our carbon footprint and become
more environmentally friendly, IPS has mapped out opportunities for our
district and schools to make a difference.

 

Our Energy Management Department has been working tirelessly
to replace florescent lighting in select buildings and schools throughout the
district.

 

“A more energy-efficient LED option will be utilized and
will burn 40 percent less energy,” said Kristi Hardin, IPS Budget and
Efficiency coordinator. IPS receives rebates through this initiative, which is
invested to convert more schools in the future.

 

Recycling continues to be a major focus for most
environmental conservators across the globe. Increasing our recycling efforts
by 4.5 percent, IPS has implemented single stream recycling at all schools and
facilities throughout the district. This method streamlines the recycling process,
eliminating the need to separate materials, i.e. aluminum, paper and glass,
which can comingle.

 

Most schools report that students play a key role in
retrieving and emptying the bins.

 

On April
15
, we celebrated six scholars from Sidener Academy for their efforts to
combat waste and pollution within their school through an innovative push to
discontinue the use of Styrofoam lunch trays. The group is currently forging
relationships with Rousseau McClellan School 91 and Center for Inquiry School 84
to combine their energy for the initiative.

 

“By utilizing the Styrogreen machine, we could greatly
reduce the amount of waste our school produces at lunchtime each day, which
would have a positive impact on the environment,” says Kathy Lause, assistant principal
at Rousseau McClellan School 91.

 

Want to join the national Earth Day movement? Take action through the Earth Day Network and join the nearly 3
billion people pledging to fight against climate change.

 

If you’re looking to have some fun while
supporting a great cause, families are invited to the citywide Earth Day
celebration hosted by Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett on April 23. The event
will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Military Park in White River State Park. The
festival will feature more than 125 vendors, live music and plenty of kid-friendly
activities!