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[IDEM] Town of Nashville achieves CLEAN Community status
Start Date: 5/6/2013
End Date: 5/6/2013
Entry Description

The Town of Nashville became the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM’s) newest “CLEAN” community at a ceremony during Nashville’s 50th Annual Spring Blossom Parade on Saturday. Rick Bossingham, assistant commissioner for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM’s) Office of Compliance Support, presented a plaque and commemorative road sign that signify Nashville as a “CLEAN” community, with new goals to further improve the community’s environmental quality.


“It is a great honor for the village of Nashville to be designated by the State of Indiana an IDEM CLEAN Community,” said Bob Kirlin, Town Council President. “A special thank you goes out for all the time and effort that the committee has put into this great accomplishment. It is another outstanding example of our community working together for a very important common goal. We are honored.”


“The Town of Nashville and its residents can be proud of their commitment to protecting and improving the area’s natural resources and reducing environmental impacts,” said Thomas Easterly, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. “IDEM is  honored to be part of Nashville’s special event and recognize the community for its exceptional initiative.”


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 communitywide activities.


As part of the CLEAN Community Challenge, Nashville has identified five environmental goals it will pursue over the next three years. These goals include:


• Promote the planting of indigenous (non-invasive) plant species within the Town of Nashville and reduce non- indigenous species by 10 percent. 

• Educate the public about littering and provide increased enforcement against it.

• Develop and implement a plan to address log jams and partner with external organizations to remove logs and debris from Salt Creek.

• Improve salt storage containment areas on Town property.

• Establish more stringent water loss policies for Town buildings to conserve water resources.


Nashville joins these 13 other cities and towns in the CLEAN Program: the towns of Brownstown, Edinburgh and Fishers, and the cities of Hobart, Huntingburg, Jasper, Noblesville, Portage, Richmond, Rushville, Tell City, Washington, and West Lafayette.

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: Amy Hartsock
Phone: (317) 233-4927
Entry Type:
Press Release
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  • Agency Name
    Environmental Management, Indiana Department of

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