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The City of Indianapolis today announced the creation of the McKinney Family Green Initiatives Fund to support the city's SustainIndy initiative and to help drive local sustainability projects.

"We have been impressed by and appreciative of Mayor Ballard's leadership in creating the Office of Sustainability and making green initiatives a priority of his administration," said Kevin McKinney, spokesperson for the McKinney Family. "We are pleased to be able to support the city's efforts and look forward to working together to make Indianapolis a greener, more sustainable community."??

"The McKinney Family Green Initiatives Fund will move Indianapolis a significant step forward toward our goal of becoming one of the Midwest's most sustainable cities," said Mayor Greg Ballard. "Partnerships are the key to achieving this goal, and I am truly grateful to the McKinney family for their commitment to our city."

The charitable fund, established through the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), initially will be designated to support Office of Sustainability staff salaries, developing the first LEED-certified city owned building in Indianapolis, and creating bicycle lanes on city streets.

This isn't the first act of such generosity by the McKinney Family Foundation. Last year the Hoosier Environmental Council announced that the matching-funds grant it received from the Foundation was the largest such funding source in the organization's history,

And, in the interest of full disclosure, as well as immense pride, NUVO itself would not exist without the generosity and unwavering support of the McKinney Family; our founder and publisher Kevin McKinney, in particular.

More information on how the funding will be used can be found in an article that appears today in the Indianapolis Business Journal: http://www.ibj.com/html/detail_page.asp?content=29606

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