INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Indiana schools make 'Green College' list

2013-04-20T15:25:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Indiana schools make 'Green College' listGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
April 20, 2013 3:25 pm  • 

Six Indiana schools are featured on The Princeton Review's annual "Guide to Green Colleges." The book recognizes universities that demonstrate sustainability in their academic offerings and campus infrastructure. The schools in state that made the list are Ball State University, Earlham College, Indiana State University, Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

 

Indy Attracts Global Sporting Event

The leader of the group bringing a professional soccer team to Indianapolis believes a major international match coming in August could be "the biggest soccer event" in the city's history. Indy Pro Soccer President Peter Wilt and promoters of the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup match will announce details of the Lucas Oil Stadium game next month. The game is part of an eight-team tournament featuring big-name soccer clubs from Spain, Italy and the United States. He tells Inside INdiana Business Indianapolis' athletic reputation helped sell promoter New York-based RSE Ventures North American on the location.

 

Hoosier Company in Primetime Spotlight

Indianapolis-based Australian Gold LLC landed a feature role on a national television show. Sunday's episode of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" revolved around two teams creating silent film-themed commercials for the sun care products company. Indiana native and 2009 Miss America, Katie Stam Irk was also featured during the episode. She serves as a vice president with Australian Gold.

 

I-69 Expansion Receives Key Clearance

The Indiana Department of Transportation has granted authorization for the final contractor to complete construction on the next section of I-69. The Notice to Proceed involves a portion of the 27-mile stretch between Crane and Bloomington.

 

Pence Signs Work Force Education Bills

Governor Mike Pence has signed two bills he believes will help improve the quality of the state's work force. He says Indiana Works Councils and the Indiana Career Council are designed to increase graduation rates and attract new investment. Both bills were passed unanimously by the General Assembly.

 

Daniels Modifies Purdue Pay Proposal

After receiving "a wealth of constructive feedback," Purdue University President Mitch Daniels has announced changes to his original proposal for a pay freeze for employees making more than $50,000 per year. The new plan would implement a 1 percent "raise pool" for all employees, to be distributed at the discretion of deans and department heads.

 

Bill Aims to Promote Natural Gas Shift

A bill which would provide a significant tax credit for compressed natural gas-powered semi-trucks goes before a Statehouse conference committee today. Supporters of the legislation say it will encourage businesses to switch their fleets from diesel to the alternative fuel. State Representative Randall Frye (R-67) authored the bill and says the proposal would save Indiana businesses money, reduce dependence on foreign oil and could ultimately drive down gas prices. Frye believes there will be enough demand to lead entrepreneurs to open fuel stations.

 

Groundbreaking Set For Large Distribution Center

A nearly $48 million distribution facility has broken ground in Hendricks County. Nebraska-based Gordmans Stores Inc. (Nasdaq: GMAN) says the previously-announced plan could create up to 250 jobs in Monrovia by 2017.

 

RV Maker Expects Continued Growth

The president of Middlebury-based Grand Design RV LLC believes the company will continue its strong growth in Elkhart County. Don Clark tells Inside INdiana Business the manufacturer is currently only using a fraction of the 67-acres it purchased, but says in time he "plans to fill it." Grand Design announced plans Thursday to add 500 jobs by 2016. Clark says the expansion is another example of an RV industry rebound.

 

Health Information Exchange Could go National

The Indiana Health Information Exchange says it is poised for national expansion. The Regenstrief Institute Inc. is licensing its Indiana Network for Patient Care to a unit of the exchange. Officials say the deal positions the exchange to reach beyond Indiana. Regenstrief Investigator Shaun Grannis says the statewide network is a national leader in electronic health information.

 

DNR to Open More Land For Public Use

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will open more than 2,800 acres of land for public use this spring. The areas are becoming available through a partnership between the DNR's Healthy Rivers Initiative and landowners along Sugar Creek and the Wabash and Muscatatuck rivers.

 

IU to Dedicate New Supercomputer

Indiana University will hold a dedication ceremony next week for what it calls the fastest university-owned supercomputer in the nation. The school says Big Red II is 25 times faster than its original Big Red supercomputer acquired in 2006.

 

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