Mayor Greg Ballard recently announced the winners of the Indianapolis Sustainability Awards, honoring five local organizations for their unique and aggressive efforts in 2010 to advance sustainability in our community. The Nature Conservancy’s Indiana Chapter won in the Energy category for its use of energy-efficient strategies in its headquarters, the Efroymson Conservation Center.
The Indianapolis Sustainability Awards are presented annually by the City’s Office of Sustainability, the McKinney Green Initiatives Fund and the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.
“Each of our five winners was chosen for inspiring innovation, showcasing a positive community impact, demonstrating leadership and promoting education around the principles of sustainability,” said Mayor Ballard. “I am encouraged by the outstanding work of our field of applicants. With such strong community partners, my goal to become one of the most sustainable cities in the Midwest moves closer to fruition.”
Five categories for the awards are air, land, water, energy, and reduce, reuse, recycle. Last year the Conservancy won in the Water category.
The Nature Conservancy sought to build a headquarters that incorporated simple, well-known and tested energy-efficient strategies. By using these strategies, The Nature Conservancy will be able to save approximately $10,507 per year, which can in turn be used to fund its conservation work throughout the state. The Nature Conservancy hopes to receive a Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design (LEED). Platinum is LEED’s highest rating.
“The Nature Conservancy is delighted to win the Sustainability Award for Energy,” said Mary McConnell, state director for the Conservancy’s Indiana Chapter. “The Efroymson Conservation Center’s innovation comes not from the use of cutting edge technology. Rather it’s the application of multiple, simple, well-known and documented energy-efficient strategies throughout our building that helps us reach our energy-saving goals. The true innovation was in harmonizing these technologies to achieve optimum performance with minimal cost premiums.”
Examples of the efficient technologies used in the Efroymson Conservation Center are occupancy and daylight sensored lighting systems, on-demand water heating systems, and R-factor 32 insulation in walls and ceilings.
The Indianapolis Sustainability Awards are designed to inspire innovation, showcase impact, reward leadership and promote education around the principles of sustainability.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.