Indiana makes strides in environmental management
Indiana Department of Environmental Management celebrates 25 years of environmental progress in air, land and water pollution prevention.
Monday, July 18, 2011 - 14:34
BANNER YEAR: Commissioner Easterly (left) presents a flag to a green business. (Photo: IN.gov)
In recognition of 25 years of environmental progress, Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Commissioner Thomas Easterly released the "25th Anniversary State of the Environment 2011."
According to Easterly, the report "provides a review of changes that began in 1986, recent accomplishments, and the issues and challenges which lie ahead."
Information about IDEM's progress and current programs is available in the full 25th Anniversary State of the Environment 2011 report.
Areas covered in the report include progress in Hoosier air, land and water quality. Substantial improvements are reported in recycling of tires, and concentrations of PCB in tissues of fish.
In 2006 IDEM created the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). This performance-based recognition program for Indiana businesses has 49 participating businesses voluntarily complying with environmental regulations and implementing at least one environmental improvement initiative each year. Reductions were seen in the following areas:
water use by 91 million gallons, comparable to 139 Olympic-sized swimming pools;
electricity use by 21.5 million kilowatt hours, comparable to the amount of electricity needed to run 8,308 residential air conditioners for one year;
natural gas consumption by nearly 9,616 therms, which is like eliminating air pollution 2,003 propane cylinders used for home barbecues;
waste by 7.2 million pounds, equivalent to the approximate weight of 1800 automobiles;
hazardous waste by 185,000 pounds, comparable to the weight of 18 Asian elephants; and
4.4 million pounds of materials recycled.
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