The Shirley Heinze
Land Trust has been honored with the State of Indiana’s highest
environmental award: the Governor’s Award of Environmental Excellence,
presented this week by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
based in Valparaiso, won in the Land Use/Conservation category for its
Little Calumet River Corridor.
Little Calumet River watershed included abundant, healthy wetland areas
which performed important hydrological and ecological functions,” IDEM said.
“Shirley Heinze Land Trust, with the support of more than 30 partner
agencies and organizations, successfully spearheaded an effort to attain the
Indiana Bicentennial Nature Trust Conservation Area designation. This
project has helped to mitigate existing habitat fragmentation and advance a
broader conservation vision. Restoration of these areas has enhanced the
quality of local waterways and contributed to good storm water management
for the community. As a part of this project, a significant portion of the
12-mile waterway was opened for public recreation. Fall 2017 was the first
time in over three decades that paddlers could freely use the waterway.”
Pollution Prevention, National Office Furniture, Dubois County; Five Year
Continuous Improvement, Toyota Manufacturing, Gibson County;
Energy/Renewable Resources, Michigan City Area Schools; Greening the
Government, City of Carmel; Environmental Outreach/Education, LaPorte County
Health Department; and Recycle/Reuse, Town of Merrillville.
Awards for Environmental Excellence is an annual program to recognize
Indiana’s leaders who have identified and implemented innovative
environmental practices into their programs and facilities. The awards
program is open to all Indiana facilities, state and local units of
government, individuals, and technical assistance organizations that
implement exemplary environmental projects with measurable results.