The Blog
#OptOutside this Black Friday with KIB!

Abby Dolan is KIB’s new PR intern and a senior at Butler University studying Marketing and International Business. In her free time, she enjoys ice cream sandwiches, meeting new dogs, and bike rides along the Central Canal towpath.  A year ago, our friends at REI did something different for Black Friday – they decided to shut the co-op’s doors and … Read more

Don’t be a vector. Nobody likes vectors.

If you’re a hiker, biker or world traveler—something to think about before you head out is taking preventative measures to reduce the likelihood that you are transporting or introducing an invasive or alien plant from one location to another. For example, if I wear the same pair of boots at a Keep Indianapolis Beautiful invasive plant removal project and then … Read more

Rethinking Our Streets

by Lorraine Phillips Vavul Lorraine Phillips Vavul is a resident of Historic Meridian Park and works at Phillips Strategic Marketing and Planning and mentors students at Butler University’s Lacy School of Business on Career Development as an Executive Career Mentor. She volunteered and continues to volunteer to lead planning and implementation on Rethinking Our Streets. In early 2016, Mapleton-Fall Creek … Read more

Use Common Names with Caution

To achieve full plant nerd status one must try to use the scientific name (sometimes called the Latin name) when speaking about plants.  Every plant has one scientific name that consists of the genus name, species name and when necessary, the cultivar name. Scientific names are important because the common names are very often are applied to more than one … Read more

Mary Blackburn

Occupation/Company/Organization/Position: Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife, DNR Tree Steward What neighborhood do you live in? I grew up in suburban Indianapolis and have lived my entire adult life in Meridian Kessler How long have you supported Keep Indianapolis Beautiful? I’ve supported KIB for several years. Why do you support KIB? It’s simple.  I love trees and so does … Read more