Thumbs up: Tree-planting stimulus
Get dirty while boosting Indy's environment and economy — that's what we call multitasking. The folks at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful are kicking off My Tree and Me, a campaign offering $20 coupons to offset the cost of buying trees at least 1 inch caliper each at 17 retailers across town. The effort plays into KIB's larger NeighborWoods initiative, which aims to plant 100,000 large trees across the city by 2017. They're already a quarter of the way to that goal. Details on tree coupons can be found at www.mytreeandme.org.
Thumbs up: Library nagging gone digital
Local postal carriers will no longer be burdened with the responsibility of delivering overdue notices from Indianapolis Public Libraries. Starting July 1, the library system moves online with its warnings. The shift toward more web-based practices, including overdue alerts and memos of material availability, will save the struggling libraries an estimated $80,000 in mailing costs. Members can sign up for e-notices on the library website — check out the "Using Your Library" section. Those without Internet access can sign up in person at any location for a telephone service that provides automated alerts.
Thumbs up: Free fruit on the Go
To promote its tasty endeavors, Garden on the Go is offering free fruit to any child that stops by during the month of June. Marion County's mobile produce truck aims to rid the city of "food deserts," confronting the dearth of fresh produce options in Indy's low-income neighborhoods. Garden on the Go makes 12 stops around the city each week throughout the year on its Wednesday-Saturday route. The truck accepts cash, credit cards and SNAP public assistance cards — no excuse not to stock up on fresh, local fruits and veggies. Questions? Call 543-9500; grab a schedule online, available at iuhealth.org/garden-on-the-go/.
Thumbs up: A breath of fresh air
We Hoosiers have a lot of things going for us, but healthy air isn't one of them. The Air Quality and Public Health environmental summit on June 6 will address that less-than-stellar situation. Organized by Improving Kids' Environment and IUPUI, the event is free and set to run from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at IUPUI's Campus Center, with Daniel Greenbaum of Boston's Health Effect Institute and Janet McCabe of the EPA scheduled to speak. Attendees will get updates on regulation and research, proving that our nasty air is choking us both physically and fiscally.