Indiana State University Newsroom

Institute releases sustainability map

November 5, 2012

Whether looking for a park or to buy some honey, a map provided by the Institute for Community Sustainability can help Wabash Valley residents find it.

Jim Speer, executive director of the institute at Indiana State University, said the institute started with a map developed by the White Violet Center at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Then Stephen Aldrich, assistant professor of geography, and Julie Whitaker, an Indiana State student, conducted research to update it and bring it online for those interested in finding businesses and or becoming more involved in the sustainability movement.

"You can find recycling centers or sources for local, grass-fed beef," Speer said about the interactive map.

The institute is also looking for other providers to add to the online map, which gives the location and other details about each business or green space.

"We could even have seasonal businesses so if there are farm stands during the summer they could be add to the map," Speer said.

An email link is provided online to have businesses or places added to the map. The map can be found at:

Contact: Jim Speer, Indiana State University, executive director of the Institute for Sustainability, at 812-237-2257 or

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, associate director of media relations, at 812-237-7972 or