About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

WHO WE ARE

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) is an environmental and community nonprofit with a mission to help people and nature thrive. We’re an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., a national organization dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and environment in American communities.

We believe in shared responsibility, and we know that sustainability starts with love. So we engage and empower citizens of all ages and backgrounds to take action. From tree planting to block-by-block cleanups, we roll up our sleeves to keep Indianapolis beautiful and make our city proud—both today and for generations.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive.

WHAT WE DO

We work with neighbors and volunteers to plant trees and native landscapes, create community spaces, pick up litter, and engage students of all ages in nature. Each year, KIB supports over 800 community projects with nearly 20,000 volunteers. For over 40 years, we’ve partnered with neighbors, the public sector, and Indianapolis community groups and businesses to achieve our vision of a beautiful city.

 

OUR VISION & LONG-TERM IMPACTS

We see a beautiful Indianapolis that is loved, cared for, and ecologically rich. A city defined by strong neighborhoods, inspired places, and a clean, flourishing environment.

To accomplish our vision, we’ve identified three long-term goals that are boldly environmental and express our interest in sparking action in individuals (like you!).


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INCREASING BIODIVERSITY IN 100 ACRES OF MARION COUNTY

Support a more biodiverse environment by restoring 100 acres of habitat by 2020. Healthy landscapes—whether they’re along Indy’s rivers and streams or in gardens in the heart of the city—support an incredible variety of species. This diversity contributes to the food web and helps at-risk species survive.


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100,000 PEOPLE CARING FOR OUR CITY & ENVIRONMENT

Inspire 100,000 people to care for their city and the natural world by 2022. We want people to enjoy working with KIB, feel engaged, and find meaning in what we do together. And then we want people to go beyond KIB, to use what they’ve learned to care for one another, our neighborhoods, and our natural environment. KIB will give people the resources they need to act independently.


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CLEANER AIR AND WATER WITH 30,000 TREES

Contribute to cleaner air and cleaner water by planting and tending 30,000 trees by 2025. Trees absorb pollution, produce oxygen, and prevent stormwater from overwhelming our sewer system during heavy rain. They help keep the city cool and reduce energy costs. That’s in addition to supporting wildlife, adding value to neighborhoods, and creating spaces that help reduce stress and restore attention.

Every year thousands of volunteers join KIB’s core staff in programs and projects that make a big difference, from cleaner streets to tree-filled parks.

We can’t wait for you to get involved!

Community Forestry: Plant a tree with us.

Youth Tree Team: Youth learn tree maintenance and job skills.

IPL Project GreenSpace: Create community-driven pocket parks.

Urban Naturalists: Young adults restore habitats & gain green-collar job skills.

GreenKids: Engage students to create outdoor classrooms.

Adopt-A-Block: Get supplies, resources, and support to clean up your block.

Great Indy Cleanup: Organize litter cleanups, murals, plants, and more.

Native Landscapes: Remove invasive plants and plant Indiana-native flowers and shrubs.

Volunteer: Join us at a public project, become a Tree Tender or Ambassador, organize a custom day or service.

OUR ROOTS

In 1976, Mayor Bill Hudnut created the Indianapolis Clean City Committee to reduce litter and clean city streets. That little government office became an independent nonprofit in 1981 and changed its name to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful in 1997 to better reflect its efforts in the community.

KIB is woven into the fabric of this city, and truly thousands of volunteers could tell our story in a myriad of ways. While much of the work we do today differs compared to our first days in 1976, we’ve preserved our essence while regularly stimulating progress toward the thriving of Indy’s people, its neighborhoods, and its environment.

GREEN HEADQUARTERS

Our office is a testament to our mission. We turned an old warehouse, which was once slated for demolition, into an eco-friendly home away from home. In 2009, we became the first civic nonprofit in Indiana to have our building LEED Gold Certified by the US Green Building Council! We have wind turbines, a cistern to collect stormwater, rain gardens, a pervious pavement parking lot (which lets water filter through), and a sunny atrium filled with native plants. We topped it all off with a green roof. We’re even dog friendly!

KIB staff estimated we spent 350 hours each year driving between various office sites before moving into our new home on Fletcher Avenue. Because of the building’s green strategies, KIB saves at least $7,500 annually on utility bills. KIB’s landscaping and hardscaping keep 247,000 gallons of stormwater from entering and polluting the city’s combined sewer system. Waterless urinals help reduce our water usage by 7,000 gallons per year. Formerly a brownfield and abandoned warehouse, KIB’s building is an investment in a culture-rich neighborhood.

KIB worked with Rooftop Greenworks to install an Omni Ecosystems Comprehensive Green Roof in June of 2014. With its completion, KIB now has the third largest green roof in Indianapolis at roughly 14,400 sq. ft.

TOUR OUR SPACE

Group tours may be made by appointment. For more information, contact Jenny Skehan at jskehan@kibi.org.

CONFERENCE ROOM RENTAL

If your group needs a clean, quiet place to meet, KIB’s conference and meeting rooms are available for rent. They can accommodate up to 12, 42, or 150 people. For a quote, contact Jenny Skehan at jskehan@kibi.org.