Greenways Foundation
• Biofuels may be the future of green energy in agricultural states like Indiana. Indiana Senator Dick Lugar recently introduced the Dual Fuel Vehicles Bill.
• Indianapolis has a national reputation for its popular bike trails. The Monon trail in Indianapolis has an estimated 1.3 million visitors per year. Look to considerable growth in the green commuting industry in the near future in Indianapolis.
Conservative mid-western cities don't often create popular green transportation programs. That is why it is surprising to find that Indianapolis, Indiana has one of the most popular bike trails anywhere in the United States.

The Monon trail, which runs through large sections of the city and suburbs, has an estimated 1.3 million visitors a year and has spawned trail building and bike culture across central Indiana.

Greenways Foundation is a charitable trust working to "promote the growth, enhancement, and use of Indiana greenways," such as the Monon trail. Anita Knowles, president of Greenways Foundation, predicts a bright future for bike transportation in Indiana.

Anita's organization is currently working to achieve the Indiana Trails Vision, a program designed to put a trail within 15 minutes of every Indiana Resident. With the success of the Monon trail and the support of groups like Greenways Foundation, Indiana is developing into a Midwestern leader for environmentally friendly bike transportation.

Anita also mentioned biofuels as a possible growth industry in the state. As political leaders in a corn and soybean producing state Governor Mitch Daniels, Lt. Governor Becky Silverman, and Senator Dick Lugar are natural proponents of biofuel and have been enthusiastic promoters of the industry. Indiana recently expanded production to 12 ethanol plants and could experience significant growth in the biofuel industry.
Director Of Public Of Policy
Indianapolis Chamber Of Commerce
• Look to the Chamber of Commerce for green networking opportunities. The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce hosts meetings where companies share what they have done to improve their environmental and sustainability policies.
• Check out the Farmers Market. Indianapolis hosts the Indy Winter Farmers Market that connects local food producers with urban consumers.
• Indiana has wind power! The wind energy industry has established a presence in several areas of Indiana, with wind farms being built across the state, including the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in the West Lafayette region.
The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce actively promotes green and environmentally friendly business. The goal of the Chamber's Green Business Initiative is to "promote the interest of businesses that are committed and engaged in environmentally responsible operations and practices." Angela Smith Jones, Director of Public Policy, highlighted the work that the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce does to educate local businesses about greening their products and services. The Chamber hosts two to four events a year, at which a local company that has successfully implemented green policies educates chamber members on their success.
Chief Estimator
Bybee Stone Company
• College majors such as architecture, structural engineering, and construction management provide a good background for work in the limestone construction industry.
• Limestone is quarried, so an understanding of geology would also help.
• The US Green Building Council is working with architecture schools to improve existing programs. Ask about the US Green Building Council's participation in any program that you are considering.
Limestone construction is hardly a new industry, but it may have a claim to the title of most sustainable green industry. Some limestone buildings in England have stood for a remarkable 500 years, according to Jeff Chitwood of Bybee Stone Construction.

In addition, limestone provides insulation that can improve a structure's energy efficiency in both summer and winter. Indiana is known for its limestone deposits, and Indiana students should consider a job in this green Industry.

Green construction with limestone appears to have a bright future, even in a down construction market. Most universities and many municipalities require the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified construction qualification that can be obtained through limestone construction.

In addition, Limestone has a reputation as a timeless building material perfect for both modern and classic architecture. With the widely reported problems in construction durability that have begun to surface with the real estate bubble, expect growth in the green limestone construction industry to continue in southern Indiana.
Business Manager
Solar Energy International
• Take classes at Solar Energy International. Workshops are offered in solar, thermal, green building, and even hydro technologies. Classes are offered in twelve locations around the US.
• Roofers can improve their skills by taking classes in solar energy installation.
• Solar energy installation and commercial size energy efficiency projects are the hottest areas of green technology.
Solar Energy International has been providing education in solar and other renewable energy technologies for 20 years. They have become one of the premiere institutions for accredited renewable energy workshops and offer classes in a number of locations.

Business manager Sandy Pickard highlighted the important work this non-profit does through their educational mission. Solar Energy International has expanded to include workshops in solar electric, solar thermal, micro-hydro, and wind energy. Classes are also offered online.
Communications Director
Center For A Sustainable Future
• Organic farms offer volunteer positions, and can be good places to learn renewable agriculture.
• Iowa State University has a great educational resource: The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State is a great place to learn about the newest advances in sustainable agriculture.
• Another excellent resource, The Stone Barn Center, (north of Manhattan) is a non-profit education center and farm. They offer education for sustainable agriculture.
The Center for a Livable Future (CLF) at John's Hopkins university works in research, educational outreach, and community action targeted at "farming, eating, and living for our future." As Communication Manager for the CLF, Chris Stevens works daily in support of these goals.

Sustainable, or resilient, farming has recently gained exposure with the continued environmental and health problems associated with factory farming. In essence, much of sustainable farming is really a "return to traditional farming," Chris explained. In traditional, or sustainable, farming, animals are not raised in a factory environment in very confined spaces and large amounts of dangerous antibiotics and pesticides are avoided.
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