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City Sustainability Highlights

While there are always opportunities to improve our record in sustainability, the City of Bloomington has already taken significant steps in the right direction.

Gold-level Bike Friendly Community

bike In 2014, Bloomington received a Gold designation from the League of American Bicyclists-one of under 25 communities in the country to receive this honor. We continue to strive to diversify our transportation system by making our streets more bike friendly and by encouraging our citizens to pedal for health and to save money and gas. Click here for more information on biking in Bloomington.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

In 2012, as part of a Duke Energy pilot program, the City of Bloomington installed two downtown electric vehicle charging stations for public use. The stations are located in Garage Band (7th and Walnut) and Garage Market (on Morton between 6th and 7th). See here for more information.

B-Line Trail

B-Line Trail Icon The B-Line Trail will provide recreation and active transportation opportunities, and will expand the community's ability to both live and work downtown. Locating this major artery of active transportation through the heart of the downtown increases opportunities for biking and walking can reduce the need for automotive transportation.

Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale

hoosier to hoosier Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) is a reuse program that aims 1) to divert reusable items from the landfill during student move-out, 2) to prevent additional resource consumption by selling collected items to students and community members in order 3) to raise funds for local charities and other organizations. H2H is a partnership between Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, City of Bloomington, and the IU Office of Sustainability.

Award Winning Transit System

transit In 2010, Bloomington Transit was delighted to receive the American Public Transportation Association's 2010 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award for systems in the category of less than 4 million annual ridership. The system has gone from carrying fewer than half a million riders in the mid-80's to over 3 million in 2010, and it's still growing.

Green Building Ordinance

This ordinance commissions energy-efficiency analyses on 15 City buildings and mandates the buildings be brought up to LEED-Silver standards, assuming construction costs can be offset by savings within a 10-year period. It also ensures that future City construction be built to LEED-Silver standards. See Green Building for a link to the ordinance. City Hall has achieved a 44% reduction in electricity use, and achieved LEED certification in 2012.

As part of these efforts, the City also adopted a Sustainable Purchasing Policy (PDF 67.67 KB).

City Energy Dashboard

energy dashboard In late 2010, the City of Bloomington purchased an energy dashboard, which enables us to see our energy usage every hour, and to compare that usage to the earlier time periods in order to pinpoint and reduce peak usage periods, in order to save both energy and money.

Evergreen Village-a green neighborhood

EverGreen Village is a 12-unit subdivision developed by the City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department. The subdivision is a green-built, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) pilot project aimed to provide affordable housing to low-income residents.

Miller-Showers Park

Miller-Showers Park is a state-of-the-art stormwater retention facility and beautiful gateway to the city of Bloomington. The Park's large holding ponds retain stormwater that drains from more than 170 acres of downtown Bloomington. Miller-Showers Park represents the first natural treatment of stormwater in the City of Bloomington.

miller showers statue