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Planting seeds of unity and growth

Posted by: Jeremy Kranowitz
Posted: April 3, 2024
Categories: Community Forestry, Engaged Citizens, Partners, Trees and Native Habitats

On Thursday, March 28, we partnered with the Center for Interfaith Cooperation to celebrate the arrival of Spring with an interfaith tree planting at Marian University.  Spring is often associated with rebirth and renewal. In addition to welcoming the many wonders of Spring, this season also holds special significance for several faith communities as they […]

Empowering Youth, Tree Health, and Buzzworthy Backyards: Reflections from Keep America Beautiful conference

Posted by: Jeremy Kranowitz
Posted: February 22, 2024
Categories: Education, Engaged Citizens, Partners, Trees and Native Habitats

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of speaking on two separate panels at the national Keep America Beautiful conference in San Diego, California, discussing the importance of greenspaces in our cities. One panel focused on the benefits of engaging youth in maintaining greenspaces once established. KIB stands as a national leader, boasting our Youth […]

Rooted in Passion: How YTT Shaped Cullen’s Career Path

Posted by: Benjamin Shine
Posted: February 1, 2024
Categories: Community Forestry, Education, Engaged Citizens, Habitat Restoration, Trees and Native Habitats, Youth Tree Team

Meet Cullen Booth! A force of green goodness, Cullen embarked on his journey with the Youth Tree Team (YTT) back in 2014. From pruning crew to leader, Cullen’s YTT adventure molded him into the environmental champion he is today. Now living in Indianapolis with his partner, Cullen rocks his role as a Natural Resources Technician, […]

From Indiana to Florida: Post-Grad Adventures from an Urban Naturalist

Posted by: Benjamin Shine
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Categories: Education, Engaged Citizens, Habitat Restoration, Trees and Native Habitats, Urban Naturalists

Anna Hopkins has taken her love for the outdoors from the heart of Indianapolis to the sunny landscapes of Tallahassee, Florida. After graduating from IU, she swapped the desk job for boots on the ground as an Event Coordinator at a state park, later transitioning to her current role as a Regional Coordinator for the […]

Bridging Cities and Nature as an Urban Naturalist

Posted by: Benjamin Shine
Posted: January 29, 2024
Categories: AES Indiana Project Greenspace, Community Forestry, Education, Engaged Citizens, Habitat Restoration, Trees and Native Habitats, Uncategorized, Urban Naturalists

Sydney Geckler is currently pursuing her fifth (and final!) year of Urban Planning at the University of Cincinnati. Over the last five years, her journey has been filled with growth, exploration, and passion… a lot of which stemmed from the Urban Naturalist program! As an alum, she was able to not only expand her knowledge […]

Branching Out: From YTT Leader to Environmental Trailblazer

Posted by: Benjamin Shine
Posted: January 23, 2024
Categories: Community Forestry, Engaged Citizens, Habitat Restoration, Trees and Native Habitats, Uncategorized, Youth Tree Team

Meet Ann Young, a passionate Indy resident with a unique blend of interests in conservation biology, ecology, and art history. Originally from Texas, Ann moved to Indiana almost three years ago. Her biology degree was one of the many things that made her interested in applying for the Youth Tree Team (YTT) program. From gaining […]

Celebrating a year of impact

Posted by: Jeremy Kranowitz
Posted: December 27, 2023
Categories: Adopt-A-Block, Clean Neighborhoods, Engaged Citizens, Great Indy Cleanup, KIB Ambassadors, Trees and Native Habitats, Uncategorized, Urban Naturalists, Volunteers

We’ve been making our city cleaner, greener, and friendlier since 1976. With the support of our volunteers, advocates and partners, we continue to accomplish extraordinary things together. This year was no exception! Just like ecosystems in nature, communities that are connected and support one another become stronger and more resilient. None of our work would […]

Local Faith Leaders Gather for Tree Planting

Posted by: Jeremy Kranowitz
Posted: November 28, 2023
Categories: Community Forestry, Engaged Citizens, KIB in the News, News & Features, Partners, Trees and Native Habitats, Volunteers

For the last decade, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been touted as Giving Tuesday, a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. But for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, it’s Giving Treesday. On Tuesday, November 28, we partnered with the Center for Interfaith Cooperation to host “Giving Treesday” […]

Protecting our waterways together

Posted by: Benjamin Shine
Posted: November 8, 2023
Categories: Busy Roads and Waterways, Clean Neighborhoods, Education, Engaged Citizens, Partners, Volunteers

Indianapolis is a city where collaboration thrives. And our waterways are no exception! In October, we teamed up with Frank’s Paddlesports Livery and Friends of the White River for a water cleanup to help protect and preserve Wallet Island and Butterfly Island. During this guided cleanup, volunteers made a meaningful contribution to the health and […]

Bin Your Butts goes mobile

Posted by: Jeremy Kranowitz
Posted: October 23, 2023
Categories: Adopt-A-Block, Clean Neighborhoods, Education, Engaged Citizens, Great Indy Cleanup, Partners

Allow me to the set the scene: a friend of mine was standing in her kitchen, carefully removing a staple from her tea bag, so that she could compost it. She considered herself an A+ composter and was happy to be doing her part to live more sustainably. The television was on, and as she […]