Irvington Green Initiative

IDO launched the Irvington Green Initiative in the summer of 2007 as a way to explore the possibility of our neighborhood serving as a pilot neighborhood for then Mayor Peterson’s Indy GreenPrint program.

About Irvington Green Initiative

The Irvington Green Initiative (IGI) is a project of the Irvington Development Organization (IDO) which takes an apolitical, positive approach toward encouraging people to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. In 2010, the Irvington Green Initiative took the idea of building Relationships to a Radical level by partnering with over 40 groups, organizations and businesses to accomplish 3 major goals:

  • Develop a Teaching Rain Garden
  • Produce a Spirit and Place Festival event
  • Launch the monthly ‘Green Hour’ grass roots engagement and networking series

IGI made the leap from a 2-year-old, occasional gathering of a few neighbors into an award-winning organization that successfully applied for grant funding; partnered with City agencies and local schools and businesses; and leveraged public and private money.

In 2016, IGI took time to reflect on its success and plan for the future. The re-envisioned Irvington Green Initiative (IGI) is planning four seasonal gatherings in 2017 for neighbors and friends to learn and explore opportunities for sustainability efforts in the neighborhood and discuss where it would like to be in the future via the Resilient Community-Building Series. The first gathering of the 2017 Resilient Community-building series occurred in January, and focused on the topic of recycling and composting efforts in the area. At each event, time will be provided for attendees to connect and share ideas for possible spinoff activities focused on the topic at each event. Upcoming events will be posted soon.

If you have an interest in learning about sustainability or spreading your green knowledge please contact us for volunteer and engagement opportunities. You can learn more about IGI via the IGI Facebook page or contact via email.
For more information, contact Patricia Waters or Katie Schlafer. Follow IGI on Facebook ( and Twitter (@irvingtongreen).