SHC projects begin as community ideas that inspire local residents and IU faculty and students to work toward common goals. Community partners lend their time and talent, and faculty and students provide their insights and energy to achieve positive outcomes. Projects are dedicated to the common good and vitality of the community, and they touch on a diverse range of topics including economic sustainability, environmental resilience, quality of place, and increased health and wellness for local residents.
Completed projects by the numbers
Orange County is the 2018-19 Sustaining Hoosier Community
Orange County is the current community to partner with Indiana University through the Center for Rural Engagement’s Sustaining Hoosier Communities initiative, now in its second year.
Selected from several proposals, Orange County participated in an application process open to communities in southwest central Indiana. Submissions included a community narrative and project proposals based on the community’s goals.Orange County project details
Project spotlight: Bedford Complete Streets
Students of SPEA-S515: Sustainable Communities utilized common national metrics for walkable and bicycle-friendly communities to provide a gap analysis for Bedford, IN. Teams also researched best practices in Complete Streets policy and implementation and made specific recommendations for moving forward with aspects of the 2016 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.