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Indiana has many organizations working to promote sustainability and protect our environment. Want to learn more? The organizations below are only some of those doing great work in our state. Reach out and get involved!

Green Spaces & Beautification

  • Central Indiana Land Trust

Through land protection, stewardship and education, the Central Indiana Land Trust preserves natural areas, improving air and water quality, and enhancing life in our communities for present and future generations.

  • Friends of the White River

Friends of the White River promote the continued improvement of the quality of the river’s water, and maintain and restore habitat and wildlife in the river and along its adjacent greenway.

  • Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society

INPAWS promotes the appreciation, preservation, conservation, utilization and scientific study of the flora native to Indiana. They educate the public about the value, beauty, diversity and environmental importance of indigenous vegetation.

  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

KIB supports an average of 500 community improvement projects each year with more than 30,000 volunteers. For the past three decades, KIB has partnered with neighborhoods, the public sector, and Indianapolis community groups and businesses to achieve their vision for a beautiful city.

  • The Nature Conservancy

Since 1959, The Nature Conservancy in Indiana has protected more than 80,000 acres of forests, wetlands, prairies, lakes and streams for current and future generations to enjoy.

Environmental Advocacy

  • Earth Charter Indiana

Earth Charter Indiana inspires and advances sustainable, just and peaceful living in Indiana by promoting the values and principles of the Earth Charter. Their work includes two programs,

Sustainable Indiana 2016 and Youth Power Indiana.

  • Hoosier Environmental Council

The Hoosier Environmental Council is devoted to identifying the biggest environmental challenges facing Indiana, and uniting people toward a solution. HEC uses a combination of education, advocacy, and sometimes, litigation, to address those challenges. The result is a new vision of Indiana’s future: one of cleaner air, safer water, more protected land, and ultimately, a healthier, higher quality of life.

  • Indiana Forest Alliance

The Indiana Forest Alliance strives to see the regeneration of ancient, resilient forest ecosystems and supports the integration of human communities with forests through practices that truly sustain and provide for all.

  • Indiana Recycling Coalition

The mission of the Indiana Recycling Coalition is to support source reduction, reuse, composting, and recycling activities in Indiana. The Indiana Recycling Coalition supports policies and programs that advance sustainable materials management. The goal of this support is to conserve our natural resources, reduce energy use, encourage environmental responsibility and create green jobs through recycling.

  • The Sierra Club, Hoosier Chapter

The mission of the Sierra Club is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the Earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Governmental Organizations

  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management

IDEM’s mission is to implement federal and state regulations to protect human health and the environment while allowing the environmentally sound operations of industrial, agricultural, commercial and government activities vital to a prosperous economy.

  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources

The mission of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana’s citizens through professional leadership, management, and education.

  • City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability

The City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability is a professional office created by Mayor Ballard to be the driving force behind SustainIndy.  The Office provides a structure for implementation and policy recommendations for SustainIndy. The main charges of the Office of Sustainability are to: (1) Lead sustainability efforts within city government, (2) Coordinate and collaborate on community sustainability goals – including acting as primary liaison to the City of Indianapolis Green Commission, and (3) Establish public-private partnership opportunities to move forward aggressively on achieving the vision of a more sustainable Indianapolis.

  • Marion County Public Health Department

The mission of the Marion County Public Health Department is to promote and protect the health of everyone in the community and provide healthcare to those who are underserved.


  • Animalia

Animalia, Inc. is a non-profit public charity dedicated to connecting people to animals and nature.

  • Bee Public

Bee Public’s mission is to increase the number of honeybees in our city and to support our local sustainable food system with pollination and cultivated relationships with urban farmers.

  • Humane Society of Indianapolis

The Humane Society of Indianapolis provides vital services to animals and people alike through sheltering and adopting animals, providing positive reinforcement behavior training for both adoptable animals and for owned animals through public training classes, and outreach through community and shelter programs.

  • Indiana Wildlife Federation

The mission of the Indiana Wildlife Federation is to promote the conservation, sound management, and sustainable use of Indiana’s wildlife and wildlife habitat through education, advocacy, and action.

  • The Indianapolis Zoo

The mission of the Indianapolis Zoo is to empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation.


  • Bicycle Indiana

Bicycle Indiana promotes safe bicycling, educates roadway users on Indiana bicycling law, and advocates for the rights of all bicyclists in Indiana.

  • Freewheelin’ Community Bikes

Believing in the worth and the gifts of each person to enrich the world, Freewheelin’ Community Bikes uses bicycles to bring out the best in people and in our community.

  • IndyCog

INDYCOG’s mission is to promote bicycling as a safe and viable means of transportation and recreation in Indianapolis.

  • IndyGo

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