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Region police departments see pros, cons to E85 initiative

E85 is available in only 26 locations across Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties such as this gas station at 109th and Randolph Street in Winfield. (Photograph by Heather Eidson/The Times.)

E85 is available in only 26 locations across Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties such as this gas station at 109th and Randolph Street in Winfield.
(Photograph by Heather Eidson/The Times.)

Region police departments trying to replace aging squad cars with newer ones capable of burning plant-based E85 are finding the task isn’t as simple as choosing where to gas up.

The Griffith Police Department has more than 20 police cars capable of using E85, but they run on gasoline because gas stations in town don’t dispense E85, and the town doesn’t own an E85 tank.

Cars that run on E85 have a better acceleration rate than cars burning regular gasoline and emit less pollution than gas-fed counterparts.
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First cars roll out of N. Ind. electric car plant

A northern Indiana plant owned by a Norwegian company that makes electric cars has finished work on its first fully-electric cars.

Fifteen cars rolled out of THINK North America’s Elkhart plant on Wednesday, bound for Indianapolis. The cars will be used primarily by the state Department of Natural Resources as part of its fleet of vehicles.

Gov. Mitch Daniels was scheduled to accept the vehicles Thursday. WSBT-TV reports that the cars are part of the state’s “Project Plug-In” that’s intended to make Indiana a leader in making and using plug-in vehicles.

THINK opened its plant in an empty plant in Elkhart in October. Company officials plan to roll out 300 electric cars from the plant by the end of the year. The plant currently employs more than 25 workers.

Information from: WSBT-TV, 22wsbt.com.


How a clean environment makes NWI healthier and sustainable

“Two for One,” “Kill two birds with one stone” are phrases that are part of our everyday language. How do these common phrases relate to Northwest Indiana sustainability? This is a conversation that we must have because it is about protecting ourselves in places we live, work and raise our families.

Virtually all of the strategies that promote Northwest Indiana sustainability have more than one benefit—or deemed co-benefits. In many cases, they provide much more than just a “two-fer.” Sustainability strategies save money, conserve resources for future generations, improve public health, and make Northwest Indiana communities better places to live.

Governmental education has promoted us to prevent pollution at the source and promoted the principles of responsible environmental stewardship, sustainability, and innovation. We all have read the negative news of where NWI ranks in terms of air quality and environmental progressiveness. Read the rest of this entry »


NiSource remains top 10 green utility

NiSource Inc. has maintained a top 10 ranking among U.S. utilities in Newsweek magazine’s 2010 Green Rankings.

“Our strong showing among utilities in the green rankings is consistent with our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship in all aspects of our business,” NiSource CEO Robert Skaggs Jr. said.

Headquartered in Merrillville, NiSource is mainly a provider of natural gas, with 3.7 million customers in the Midwestern and eastern United States. It is also the parent of Northern Indiana Public Service Co., with 712,000 natural gas and 457,000 electric customers in northern Indiana.
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Lakefront park strikes gold

Waves, stirred by strong winds, crash onto the breakwall at Portage's Lakefront and Riverwalk Park, which is part of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. (Photograph by Kyle Telechan/The Times.)

Waves, stirred by strong winds, crash onto the breakwall at Portage's Lakefront and Riverwalk Park, which is part of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
(Photograph by Kyle Telechan/The Times.)

The Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore received a champagne toast Tuesday afternoon for bringing in the gold.

The park site, a former Midwest Steel/U.S. Steel wastewater treatment plant, recently received the Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design award from the U.S. Green Council.

The park, owned by the National Park Service but maintained and operated by the city, was a partnership since its inception between the steel mills and local, state and federal government. Its construction was funded by the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and is considered the poster child for U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky’s Marquette Greenway Plan to reclaim 75 percent of Lake Michigan’s shoreline for recreational use.
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Work on union building pulses with possibility

Raymond Kasmark, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 697, stands near one of the solar panel assemblies on the roof of the union's new building in Merrillville. The facility is scheduled to be completed in December. (Photograph by The Times.)

Raymond Kasmark, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 697, stands near one of the solar panel assemblies on the roof of the union's new building in Merrillville. The facility is scheduled to be completed in December.
(Photograph by The Times.)

The environmental features of a training and administration center for an electrical union and electrical contractors association are emerging as construction of a new building continues.

About 40 workers are at the site at 7200 Mississippi St. working to complete the facility for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 697 and National Electrical Contractors Association, said Ray Kasmark, the IBEW Local 697 business manager.

Kasmark said the 42,000-square-foot building is about 80 percent complete, and it should be finished in December.
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Biz Buzz, Fall 2010

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NICU coming to local hospital this fall

A neonatal intensive care unit is scheduled to open in the fall at Saint Anthony Medical Center, 1201 South Main Street.

The 12-bed unit, slated to open in November, will be housed in the hospital’s maternity department, called the Birth Place. Staff will include neonatalogists and specially trained nurses.

“This is something we have wanted for years,” said Carol Schuster, vice president of patient services. “With our number of annual deliveries now up to around 1,600, we are able to justify the need and better serve our parents and their babies.”
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David Janney

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

David G. Janney counts among his role models and mentors three men who showed him by their words and deeds that life has purpose. One was his paternal grandfather, Peyton Janney. The second was a Highland Junior High School English teacher he knows only as Mr. Huber, and the third is Ron Millies, who founded the company of which David Janney is now a partner and vice president.

“My grandfather was a structural engineer by degree. It was just his whole outlook and approach to life that impressed me,” David Janney recalls. “He was logical and he had a plan. It worked well, and it was based on what he had experienced.”

Mr. Huber’s contribution to David Janney’s character and work ethic developed over the entire school year.

“When I was in junior high school, I lacked focus. He believed in trying and achieving, and through the year, he got me to change,” Janney recalls.

“He taught me that there is a value to education and a value to hard work.”

Janney says Millies is still his mentor. “I’ve worked under his tutelage and grown and learned.”
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South Shore Clean Cities presents Tweaks in Technology

From the BusINess inbox—The BusINess editors are committed to keeping you informed about the latest news in NWI. Here’s today’s submission from South Shore Clean Cities:

Join South Shore Clean Cities on Thursday, September 30, from 8 to 10 a.m. for an informational event featuring guest speaker Dan Martin, Director, Sales and Marketing-Clean Fuels from AmeriGas at the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana, (9800 Connecticut Drive, Crown Point). Learn about one of the nation’s most versatile sources of energy, propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LP-gas). This safe fuel serves approximately 60 million people in the United States in millions of homes, industries, farming and more.

Since 1959, AmeriGas has continuously provided the most reliable, safest, and responsive propane service in the nation. Over 1.3 million customers use AmeriGas propane services in nearly 50 states. That has made AmeriGas the largest marketer of propane. They use the size of their organization to their client’s advantage every day. While retaining their focus on friendliness and personal attention found only in a “corner store.” AmeriGas customers have come to count on their propane provider for a variety of uses, including home heating, space heating, water heating, pool and spa heating, drying, cooking, grilling and motor fuel.

While this informational event is free, registration is required. A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided. For more information or to register, contact SSCC at 219.644.3690 or email tweaksntech@yahoo.com.


Group looks to clean up NWI

Reducing Indiana’s dependency on foreign oil and improving air quality is the goal of South Shore Clean Cities and the message from its co-director Carl Lisek during Friday’s Lake County Advancement Committee meeting at Teibel’s Restaurant in Schererville.

South Shore Clean Cities is one of 87 active coalitions of the U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored Clean Cities in 45 states and Indiana is “blessed” because it has two, Lisek said.

Creating green jobs and commercial opportunities are just some of the things SSCC works on, Lisek said.
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