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Over the last five years, Green Broad Ripple has enjoyed increasing visibility. This has been good for our self esteem yet more importantly; it is beginning to lead to our having some influence in the affairs of our community.
Our organization has several ongoing initiatives:


Brenda Rising-Moore has organized 10 Broad Ripple restaurants to recycle glass. This admirable effort has been most effective and has drawn the attention of other restaurants and city agencies to the point that Brenda has become the to-go source for recycling information for many in central Indiana and beyond. GBR has been nominated for a sustainability award as a result of this project.

Urban Gardens:

Morgan Johnson has led the successful fourth year planting of our Urban Garden #1 (61st Street near Winthrop) and cultivated a relationship with the State Fair that gave us access to the new fairgrounds greenhouse to grow our plant start. GBR wants to thank our dear friend Candace for the continued use of her property and to all of our volunteers who helped make this a stellar growing year. We sold over 100 lbs of tomatoes to local restaurants including the Union Jack Pub and Napolese.

As a result of our partnership with the State Fair, we have been invited to participate in this year’s State Fair by mounting a presentation in the Greenhouse. We can talk about Green, sustainability, our organization, local food, and recruit members.

Green Alleys:

We are about to launch a major effort to engage the community on a pilot project to take this initiative to the next level including applying for grants for the project. We will partner with Marian University to stage an event based on the theme “The Nature of Nature” as part of the Spirit and Place festival that will feature the Green Alleys concept.

Green Lecture/Film Series:

GBR has partnered with the "Green" Entrepreneur of the Year Brandon Pitcher of 5 Kingdoms Development to bring a series of workshops that educate participants in biomimicry and systems thinking. These important concepts help our citizens see how to bring about sustainable solutions to our neighborhood. Along with the lectures, GBR has begun our long anticpated film series in which we showcase educational films that discuss some of the issues our community, state, nation and world are facing with food, water, energy, public health, environmental degradation and other problems. These films are selectively chosen to not only tell the story, but to also offer practical solutions to many of these complex issues.

Bike Rides with INDYCOG:

GBR spearheaded the complete streets philosophy for our community back in 2008 with the petition that it was timely and necessary to request bike lanes for Broad Ripple Avenue from our City. In addition, we felt that promoting these lanes along with other cycling infrastructure through Indianapolis was important for furthering this concept. GBR has proudly partnered with INDYCOG on several bike ride events including Pedal Indy, the Annual Tweed Rides, and the up and coming Saddle Up Ride which will raise funds to purchase bike parking corrals for our Village. These bike corrals in tandem with the bike lanes and sharrows on Broad Ripple Avenue will enhance our streetscape creating a more bike and pedestrian-friendly environment.

11-15-2014   |Bill Brink Memorial Garden tree planting
Please join us from 9am -12pm at the Indianapolis Art Center and help us install 88 native trees and shrubs along the Monon Trail as part of Phase 1 of the Bill Brink Memorial Garden. Perk-Up Café will be providing refreshment and KIB will be providing the tools and know-how. We hope to see you there.

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