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The Indiana CLEAN Community Challenge is administered by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in partnership with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Finance Authority.
The Indiana CLEAN Community Challenge is open to all local governments in the state of Indiana. For the purpose of the Indiana CLEAN Community Challenge, local government is defined as an organized governing entity authorized by the state of Indiana's constitution and statutes, and is established to provide general government and municipal services for a defined area. Eligible local governments include any city or town within the state of Indiana; excludes private entities that provide municipal services under contract.
To be recognized as an Indiana CLEAN Community, municipalities must have a positive environmental, health, and safety record. Those local governments with negative past records must demonstrate improvement in recent history and provide a detailed plan of continual improvement in the future. Unresolved compliance issues or enforcement actions involving the local government may eliminate it from consideration. The following compliance policy outlines examples of when a CLEAN designation may be denied from an applicant or revoked from a participating community:
As with other recognition programs, those communities with outstanding violations and enforcement actions may not be eligible for the CLEAN Program until each is remedied to IDEM's satisfaction. Those applicants with a history of non-compliance may not be eligible for the CLEAN Program until they have demonstrated at least one to two years of satisfactory compliance.
Participants of the Indiana CLEAN Community Challenge program may see a variety of benefits including:
The Indiana CLEAN Community Challenge program challenges Hoosier cities, towns, and counties to make Indiana a cleaner, healthier place to live by taking part in a program that offers public recognition and financial incentives in exchange for implementing environmentally beneficial actions and improving the quality of life.
The Challenge is designed to be flexible - local governments implement an environmental management system, called a Quality of Life Plan, and choose the activities that fit their community goals. The CLEAN Community Challenge program manager will assist local governments in the planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive Quality of Life Plan. Sample activities are described in the following link:
In addition, municipalities who qualify as an Indiana CLEAN Community will have implemented a less expensive, more effective, and greener management system for their community's environmental issues. Indiana's air, land, and water will be cleaner, and the state will be a healthier place to live.
There is no fee to participate in the Indiana CLEAN Community Challenge. Meeting the requirements of the Challenge will involve municipal employee time during the planning, development, and implementation phases, but participants will receive free assistance during each step of the challenge. IDEM is developing tools to help municipalities determine the costs of potential environmental and pollution prevention projects.
IDEM maintains a CLEAN Team to support CLEAN communities. The CLEAN Team consists of members representing each major IDEM office and one liaison to act as the point of contact for municipalities with environmental questions. Members of this team are designated as contacts for questions about municipal environmental concerns. Service is focused on regulatory and grant assistance. In addition, several other technical and financial assistance opportunities are described in the corresponding links.
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Office of Pollution Prevention & Technical Assistance
100 North Senate Avenue
Mail Code 64-00
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2251
Toll Free: 800.988.7901