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Julie Barnard

I am currently working at the Indiana Department of Transportation in Environmental Services section.

What neighborhood do you live in? 
I live on the outskirts of Indy, in the suburbia of Fishers.

What is the most inspiring place in Indianapolis? 
The Canal Walk – a great place to spend time outdoors and enjoy the murals, fountains and sculptures. I spend several lunch breaks on the Canal and often take a detour to visit the Eiteljorg Gardens.

How long have you supported Keep Indianapolis Beautiful? 
Since 2011, though my involvement escalated when I became an Ambassador in February of this year.

Why do you support KIB? 
Creating pocket parks, planting trees, building rain gardens and establishing native planting areas are great ways to combine my background in ecological restoration and degree in Landscape Architecture while being involved with the community.

Why would you encourage others to support KIB?
Volunteering with KIB is a great way to learn about the city of Indianapolis and its different communities. KIB brings these communities together in a collective effort to create a better environment, through planting trees, creating green spaces, recycling and so much more. The organization instills a since of pride and purpose for the volunteers striving to keep Indianapolis beautiful.

Also, if you’re planning to plant any trees in your yard, KIB’s tree planting volunteers are well-informed on proper tree installation and care.

If you were describing KIB to a friend, what three words would you use? 
Green, Creative and Dedicated

What else are you involved in within the community? 
I have volunteered with the Indiana Canine Assistant Network (, another great organization of Indianapolis that trains and places assistance dogs with children and adults with disabilities. ICAN dogs are trained by offenders inside Indiana correctional facilities. The offenders in turn learn responsibility, empathy and communication skills.