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The front of Cope Environmental Center March 26, in Centerville, Indiana. The building is situated toward the sun to maximize solar energy. Sarah Olsen, DN

Symphony of Sustainability: Cope Environmental Center recognized as Indiana’s only certified Living Building

With the impact of climate change growing, some companies see it imperative to change the design and construction of buildings, with the goal of giving back to the environment as much as they take. However, this does not come without challenges, as every office, home and store would have to maintain net-zero energy and water levels. The materials used to make these structures would have to be ecologically friendly and properly disposed of. Then, they must perform consistently. 

The front of the Canal Pump House sits March 12 in Indianapolis. Jonathan Spodek, professor of architecture, led a documentation of the house with master's students in fall 2021. Sarah Olsen, DN

Restoring the Past: Professor Jonathan Spodek led graduate students in an award-winning historic documentation project

When visitors first arrive at Newfields, an Indianapolis art museum and garden, they are greeted by approximately half a million blooms that line the cobblestone and dirt paths. These winding trails criss-cross the 152-acre campus, allowing guests to admire the nearby White River while they enjoy a craft drink or snack from the Beer Garden on the premises. 

Inspired to learn about Afghanistan and the global refugee crisis, Mazie Wathen started crafting bracelets to ultimately donate the profits for those in need. Here she displays the finished products. (Katie Catterall)

Small Crafts for a Big Purpose

Snacks lining the shelves, books stacked up in great big piles, and clothes thrown every which way. It’s the stereotypical picture of a dorm room, unless you’re Ball State University student Mazie Wathen. Her dorm looks much the same as anyone else’s, but with additional supplies like different-color threads and felt backings.

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