Earth Day is for Every Day with Motor
All I can say is WOW.
April was the Super Bowl x NCAA Basketball tournament x Indy 500 at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Why?
Spring. Earth Month. Earth Day. Arbor Day. All of the environmental holidays got together and decided to cram themselves into one month. The result? KIB’s busiest time of year for litter cleanups, tree plantings, lunch & learns, native plantings, and everything “green.”
Here’s impact KIB volunteer had in April:
65 Great Indy Cleanups
25 tree planting days
1,686 trees planted
5 greenspace workdays
But one month just isn’t enough. When we say Keep it Beautiful, we’re talking over 300 organized community cleanups a year, over 1,000 Adopt-a-Block captains, working year-round to keep it clean, and thousands of volunteers showing up to plant 3,500 trees.
When we say Keep it Beautiful, we’re talking about our partners at AES Indiana, ClimeCo, and the NCAA stepping up to purchase renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets to make the March Madness games and practices carbon neutral, setting the bar for sustainable events.
When we say Keep it Beautiful, we’re also talking about the changes you can make today and every day to make the air in Indianapolis cleaner, the summers cooler, our waterways healthier, and our streets greener. You can start at home, making a changes big and small that will make a difference.
Here’s our list of where to start:
1. Adopt your block.
Did you know that the sewer drains on your street lead to the White River? All the litter and leaves that get stuck there end up in our drinking water source. When you adopt your block with KIB, we give you tools like a litter grabber and bucket to turn your Sunday stroll into a litter patrol. But that’s not all! We also give you block captains free native plants and trees for your yard (or to share with a neighbor). Cleaner AND greener streets.
2. Cut back on mowing your lawn.
An entire invisible ecosystem lives in your grass. Bees get early pollen (aka food!) from dandelions. Birds pull worms and bugs out of the dirt for food. Allowing your lawn extra time to grow provides import food sources for our wildlife neighbors. If you have to mow, use a push mower or an electric mower. Gas-powered machines = polluted air. Learn more about AES Indiana Project GreenSpace.
3. Power your house with renewable energy.
Did you know that even if you don’t have a solar panel on your roof, you can purchase 100% renewable energy for your home? Here in Indianapolis, if you go to your account with AES Indiana, you can select up to 100% renewable energy to power your home. Check it out!
4. And then try driving a car that runs 100% on electricity.
Motor is an all-in-one monthly electric car subscription service, offered exclusively in Indy and the surrounding area. In partnership with AES Indiana, Motor has a mission of accelerating electric car adoption … which means cleaner air for all of us. Subscriptions start at $649 /month and include insurance, routine maintenance, and a 24/7 concierge for roadside assistance and car support.
I had a chance to drive one of Motor’s Teslas last fall. As someone who grew up around cars in Metro Detroit, all I can is WOW. If I could time travel electric cars back 20 years ago, my nature-loving family’s 8+ hour long drives to go camping would be one change we’d make for a healthier environment.
What action for a cleaner, greener, more sustainable Indianapolis will you take today?
Motor is the newest sponsor of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the presenting partner for the KIB GUILD. Motor, in partnership with AES Indiana, is offered exclusively in Indy and the surrounding area.
Motor is an all-in-one monthly electric car subscription service with the mission of accelerating electric car adoption. Subscriptions start at $649 /month and include insurance, routine maintenance, and a 24/7 concierge for roadside assistance and car support.
Motor is waiving their activation fee ($400 value) for all KIB volunteers to inspire you to go electric! Use the promo code KIBVOLUNTEER on the 'Choose your plan' page.