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

Solarize Bloomington

In 2017, the City launched an effort to diversify the energy supply at its own facilities, and invited city and county residents to do the same with a group-buy discount through the Solarize Bloomington Initiative. Nearly 400 interested residents attended information sessions led by the Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network and 138 installed solar at their homes. If you are interested in learning more, please click here.

Monroe County Energy Challenge

This multi-year partnership brought the City of Bloomington together with the South Central Community Action Program, Vectren Foundation, Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network, Harmony School, Monroe County and Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporations, and others to reduce community energy use.  

Gold-Level Bike Friendly Community

In 2014, Bloomington received a Gold designation from the League of American Bicyclists - one of fewer than 25 communities in the country at the time 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.

The City of Bloomington, in collaboration with Indiana University, recently announced a proposed bike share program, slated to launch in 2018. More information can be found here.

Hoosier-to-Hoosier Community Sale

The Hoosier-to-Hoosier (H2H) sale is a reuse program that aims to: divert reusable items from the landfill during student move-out; prevent additional resource consumption by selling collected items to students and community members; and raise funds for local charities and other organizations. H2H is a partnership between the City of Bloomington, the IU Office of Sustainability, and the Cutters Soccer Club.

Award-Winning Transit System

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 3.5 million in 2014, 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. 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.

City 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. The dashboard can be found here.

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 naturally treats stormwater in the City of Bloomington.