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[IDEM] West Lafayette renews CLEAN Community commitment, creates new environmental goals
Start Date: 12/12/2013 All Day
End Date: 12/12/2013
Entry Description

After the success of several programs, the community is ready to tackle new environmental challenges


The City of West Lafayette has renewed its membership in the Indiana CLEAN Community Challenge program, once again making strides on the road to becoming a more sustainable and environmentally friendly community.


CLEAN stands for Comprehensive Local Environmental Action Network. The CLEAN Community Challenge is a voluntary recognition program for local Indiana government entities that make significant commitments to environmental management. CLEAN helps communities take steps to plan, develop and implement a Quality of Life Plan, which focuses on reducing the potential environmental impacts associated with municipal operations and community-wide activities. CLEAN communities are designated for a three-year term.


With West Lafayette’s renewal, the town will maintain its CLEAN community status for three more years. As part of the renewal process, West Lafayette has established five new environmental goals, including:

• A reduction of electricity use by installing LED outdoor lighting at a park by June 2016.

• Planting low maintenance ground cover at the wastewater plant to reduce fuel used in mowing by 5 percent by June 2016.

• Reducing the amount of stormwater runoff entering combination sewers by incentivizing the installation of 100 rain barrels and 50 rain gardens on residential parcels within the Combined Sewer Overflow area by June 2016.

• Planting 100 trees along the new US 231 corridor near the multi-use trail by June 2016.

• Increasing the use of environmentally friendly products, products that are made of recycled materials or materials that are recycled more easily by 15 percent by June 2016.


West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis says the program has been an asset to the community.


“We are constantly looking for ways to improve our operations to better preserve and protect the quality of life in West Lafayette,” Dennis said.


During West Lafayette’s previous CLEAN term, the city made improvements in recycling; achieved reductions in waste tires by using recapped tires on street, sanitation, and recycling trucks; and added nearly two and a half miles of multi-use trails.


“West Lafayette residents and officials can be proud of their community’s accomplishments in the CLEAN program,” said Thomas Easterly, Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) commissioner. “West Lafayette’s continuing commitment to improve the environment and increase the miles of multi-use trails is an inspiration to other communities looking to save resources while being good stewards of the land.”


To learn more about the CLEAN Community Challenge program, or to participate, communities should contact Susan Harrington, program coordinator with IDEM at (317) 233-9339, (800) 988-7901, or


About IDEM’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance

IDEM’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance houses IDEM’s Confidential Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) and Pollution Prevention and Recycling Section. CTAP was established to help Indiana businesses achieve compliance with environmental regulations with staff who are experts on air, water, and waste regulations. CTAP staff work with businesses to assess the environmental compliance of their entire facility or can help address concerns about a particular process or regulation. CTAP provides on-site consultations, permit application assistance, training, and workshops. Services offered by CTAP are free and confidential. The Pollution Prevention and Recycling Section works with businesses, communities, citizens and municipalities to encourage pollution prevention and recycling through networking opportunities, recognition programs, and various outreach strategies. For information on pollution prevention programs and resources, including CTAP, visit  


About IDEM

IDEM ( implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.



Contact Information:
Name: Dan Goldblatt
Phone: (317) 232-8499
Entry Type:
Press Release
Entry Category:
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  • Category:
  • Business & Agriculture
  • Agency Name
    Environmental Management, Indiana Department of

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