Like Minded

Here you’ll find a list with links for people, businesses and organizations that I like, that do great work or are just worth mentioning.

1% for the Planet – I aspire to be a member of this movement. Member companies donate 1% of their sales to a network of environmental organizations across the globe.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) – One of my clients. With a worldwide membership, ACSM is dedicated to improving health to all through scientific research, education and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science.

ACSM American Fitness Index™ – One of my clients. This is a signature program of ACSM that provides an evidence- and science-based measurement of the state of health and fitness at the community level throughout the United States.

Butler University Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) – Butler University’s beautiful campus lies on the north side of Indianapolis and within short distance to some of Indy’s most gorgeous natural habitats, an art museum and one of the region’s better-known cultural districts. The CUE views Indy as an ecosystem in and of itself and studies the interactions between and among organisms and their urban environment. Some innovative stuff happening here.

Central Indiana Commuter Services (CICS) – CICS helps commuters get from A to B with a multi-faceted goal of reducing emissions, energy consumption and the expenses of commuting.

Central Indiana Land Trust – Dedicated to preserving and protecting natural habitats in Central Indiana through land protection, stewardship and education

Dig Indiana – Dig Indiana’s inaugural one-day festival featured the best tastes Indiana has to offer featuring local chefs and products. Hoping this becomes a summer tradition!

Energy Systems Network (ESN) – A cleantech initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. ESN is a catalyst for partnerships among private firms and research institutions to bring energy breakthroughs to market.

Green Piece Indy – My old pal Renee and and fellow Zionsville grad Meghan team up twice a week for green tips delivered straight to your email inbox. Spinoff projects include Green Savings Indy and

Growing Places Indy – This not-for-profit’s first project is an urban garden right at the entrance to one of Indiana’s largest public parks (White River State Park). The garden includes heirloom, rare or endangered crops and is run on mostly volunteer power.

Health By Design – Health by Design is a coalition organized by the Alliance for Health Promotion that brings together advocates of community design, multimodal transportation and health to support healthy and active living.

Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) – HEC represents Indiana’s environmental interests before local governing bodies. HEC is an advocate for a variety of issues including clean air, renewable energy, energy conservation, multimodal transportation, protecting natural waters and sustainable agriculture.

Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit – An advocacy group of concerned citizens organized around improving Indiana’s public transportation options.

Indiana Heritage Trust – A division of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. IHT purchases land from willing sellers to protect Indiana’s rich natural heritage for wildlife habitat and recreation.

Indiana Humanities – A unique not-for-profit group encouraging Hoosiers to explore the many layers that lie below the surface of events, ideas, issues and debates.

Indiana Living Green – A bi-monthly magazine dedicated to living an eco-conscious, sustainable lifestyle. I have written a few articles as a freelance writer related to energy efficient homes, water conservation and factory farms.

Indiana Recycling Coalition (IRC) – Supports source reduction, reuse, composting and recycling activities in Indiana. IRC represents concerned citizens, state and local government officials, business, industry and environmental groups.

Indiana Renewable Energy Association – Aimed improving the use and availability of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail – This beautiful bicycling/walking trail meanders through downtown Indianapolis and links up with various parks, greenways, cultural districts and other points of interest for locals and vistors.

IndyCog – An advocacy group centered on making Indy a stronger cycling community and promoting biking as a transit option.

IndyConnect – Central Indiana’s regional transportation initiative which includes plans to enhance and improve the metro area’s bus system, introduce rapid transit/light rail options and improve walkability.

IndyHub – A young professionals group working to energize and engage the future leaders of Indianapolis.

Indy Winter Farmers Market – Started by visionary Laura Henderson, allows local farmers and artisians to sell their goods throughout the long, cold winter. A visit each Saturday is a tradition for my family.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) – Visitors to Indianapolis may be surprised by the amount of trees in the Circle City, but Indy is essentially a forest with a city planted within. KIB strives to keep Indy, well, beautiful with tree plantings, clean-ups, recycling programs and other beautification efforts with plants, trees and art.

Mike Puckett Realtor – An honest, knowledgeable Indianapolis-based Realtor® and my dad. I help him with his website, blog and other marketing efforts. His clients love him, you will too!

Office of Sustainable Development — A division of the City of Indianapolis Mayor’s Office working with various organizations and businesses to enhance sustainability efforts throughout Indy.

Patagonia – If you meet me in person, chances are highly likely that I’m wearing some article of clothing made by Patagonia. The retailer makes eco-conscious choices of where it sources it fibers. They make a wide variety of organic cotton items and clothing/gear made of recycled materials and recyclable after its useful life.

Portland Cement Association (PCA) – One of my clients and former employer. PCA’s sustainable development initiative promotes the use of concrete for energy efficient structures and eco-smart construction practices such as pervious pavement.

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Hoosier Chapter – A membership group focused on advancing the professional and practice of public relations. I am a member of the Hoosier Chapter board, currently serving as the director of finance. Previously, I have served as the director of internal communications and newsletter chair.

Silver Square – – Rachel Richardson and the Silver Square team know their stuff when it comes to marketing, design and branding. Silver Square designed the two21 website, logo and business cards.

Subaru of Indiana (SIA) – I’m a proud Subaru Forester owner. SIA is the first ‘zero landfill’ automotive manufacturing facility in the United States.

Sustainable Life Media – A good source of what’s happening in green marketing, organizational sustainability efforts and corporate environmentalism.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) – Indiana’s chapter of TNC works to preserve biodiversity and native species (plant and animal) across the state.

The Waterwheel Foundation – The not-for-profit arm of the one of my favorite musical acts. Waterwheel raises money for environmental organizations throughout the country in the communities where the band is performing.

United States Green Building Council (Hoosier Chapter) – This group is an advocate for sustainable construction and energy efficient building operations. The national group is famous for developing the LEED (Leadership in Environment and Energy Design) certification programs.

WFYI radio – I am a member of Indy’s NPR affiliated radio station. I find the programming informative, thought-provoking and intellectually challenging. I find the news reporting to be fair, unbiased and comprehensive.