Site Source Separation

Indigo Dawn is partnering with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Iowa DNR) through their Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) and also Metro Waste Authority’s (MWA) Growing Green Communities, a 501(c)3 organization, to properly sort and manage construction waste.

Six-Part Education Series on Sustainable Renovation Begins Tomorrow

As part of the ongoing Green & Main education efforts, a six-part series on sustainable renovation will begin Friday, February 4th 2011. The first workshop will present a sustainable building overview while also providing tips on prioritizing a rehabilitation project, assessing existing projects, selecting a contractor, and staging for site preparation. The Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) is providing the educational component for the series.

New Website for Green & Main

While 800 19th Street is starting its face lift, so is another aspect of the Green & Main Pilot Project. The Green & Main website,, received an extreme overhaul in both content and graphics in the fall of 2010.

Sustainable Thought Leader: Suzet Nelson

One of the goals of the Green & Main Pilot Project is to increase discussion about how we can live more sustainably, not only in our business practices but also in our community. To highlight members of the Des Moines’ sustainability community, the Green & Main Team has asked sustainability experts from across various disciplines to share their thoughts.

Have a Main Street Season

Recently a blog post from Des Moines Juice Staff Writer Brianne Sanchez made me rethink what local holiday shopping means to me. While one could emphasize the benefits of purchasing items produced in a 150 mile radius, I realized local shopping meant more than buying an ‘Iowa Made Product.’

Pilot Project Becomes First in Iowa to Participate

The Green & Main Pilot Project joins more than 150 projects from 34 states as well as from Canada, Iceland, and Spain as part of an international pilot project program to evaluate the new Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) rating system. SITES is testing the nation’s first rating system for green landscape design, construction, and maintenance. Green & Main will be the first SITES project in the state of Iowa.

Our Pilot Project Scores Some Illustrations by Scavo Students

If you have a chance to drive by the Green & Main Pilot Project, you should! And not just to see the building at 800 19th Street. You should see the current display of impressive 3’ x 5’ art murals created by students of Scavo Alternative High School.

Shovel Some Dirt at the Groundbreaking

We wanted to do something symbolic at our September 23rd groundbreaking ceremony that everyone could participate in. So here’s what we came up with…