Sustainable Indiana 2016

Hoosiers are on the move toward a safer and more sustainable future.  Sustainable Indiana 2016 is tracking, promoting and celebrating this momentum.  Part of what they do is to focus on a “mass action theme” each year leading up to and including the Bicentennial year of 2016.  In 2012, Sustainable Indiana 2016 recognized and celebrated the expansion of gardening across the state.  In 2013 the growing use of Indiana’s trails by hikers and bikers took center stage.  In 2015 the attention will be on planting a “Tree of Hope” and advocating for forests.

Annual Mass Action Themes leading up to the Bicentennial

  • 2012……………… Plant a Garden
  • 2013……………… Take the Trail
  • 2014……………… Choose Green Power
  • 2015……………… Plant a Tree
  • 2016……………… Clean up and Celebrate Your River

Did you know that Indiana’s 23 million acres used to be covered with 20 million acres of forests? Indiana used to look more like the tree-covered states of the Atlantic than the prairie of the Midwest. Since our state’s founding nearly 200 years ago, we have cleared away 90% of our forests, today only 4.7 million acres of forests remain, about 20% of the state compared to the 87% that once was. By comparison, we have 14.8 million acres of farmland.


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