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Sustainability Topics

sustainability topics

Sustainability includes an almost endless number of topics, encompassing all of the 3 Es--economy, environment, equity. The sustainability topics pages below reflect just one approach to organizing this information, and include locally pertinent facts, goals, and ways to get involved. Can't find what you're looking for? Email and we'll point you in the right direction.

Learn more about our sustainability indicators and targets, or about greening your own lifestyle.

Sustainability Topics Include:

Energy & Climate: As energy usage is the number one influence on anthropogenic climate change, these two topics are inseparable. Read more on Bloomington's energy usage and find out what our government, businesses, and residents are doing to reduce their monthly bills.

Transportation and Land Use: The way we build roads and other infrastructure, develop land, and plan for the future has a huge impact on how we live, work and play. Read more here to learn about our public transit systems, bike and pedestrian initiatives, and land use and planning activities.

Housing and Buildings: Like Transportation and Land Use, the quality and quantity of housing and buildings can also have a big impact on human behavior. Visit these pages to learn more about local housing challenges as well as how to make buildings greener and more efficient.

Natural Resources & Environmental Quality: The interactions between environmental quality, quality of life, and health are complex. How plentiful is our water supply? Can we eat the fish that live in our waterways? How much greenspace exists in the city? Topics addressed in this section include water, air, green infrastructure (like trees and parks), and toxins.

Waste Management: Nearly all of the waste produced locally is trucked to Terre Haute. How can we reduce, reuse, and recycle in order to minimize the amount of waste that makes this trip? Explore these pages to discover what you can do to be a part of our waste management solution.