The Center for Earth and Environmental Science at IUPUI and two of the center’s community partners, Eli Lilly and Company and the Rotary Club of Indianapolis, were honored by the City of Indianapolis earlier this month with membership on the Indianapolis Clean Stream Team.
As part of the Lilly ARBOR Project, native trees, shrubs and wildflowers prominent two centuries ago have been planted along 8.5 acres of the riparian corridor along the White River immediately west of the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis.
Lilly, the Rotary Club and the center have joined forced to restore a portion of the White River’s stream bank near the IUPUI campus. Their initial step was the creation of the Lilly ARBOR (Answers for Restoring the Bank of the River) Project three year ago. The project involved planting six acres of trees along an eight-acre stretch of the river on the western edge of the IUPUI campus. The remaining two acres were left unplanted so educators could study how they would develop naturally.
Barbara Lawrence, director of the Indianapolis Department of Public Works, said that the city’s greatest achievements happen when the public sector, private sector, educators and community leaders work together toward common goals. These were the city’s first awards to recognize voluntary community efforts to protect and restore area streams.
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