Make Change, the Butler University Center for Urban Ecology program that generates “credit” for doing good for the environment, has added new activities that participants can do to earn redeemable currency.

changeVolunteering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful at select events, dropping off old electronics at RecycleForce, and enrolling in the IPL Green Power option are some of the new ways to earn credit. Also, Make Change has developed a partnership with Circle City Rain Barrels to offer discounted rain barrel-building workshops every third Saturday through August.

The full list of activities can be found at

In addition, participants in the Make Change program are now able to spend the currency at eight businesses in Fountain Square and the Near Eastside, thanks to a SustainIndy Community Grant that runs through November 1.

The new business partners in the program are People for Urban Progress, Rocket 88 Doughnuts, VeloWorks Urban Cyclery, and Wildwood Market in Fountain Square, and Little Green Bean Boutique, Metta Yoga, Pogue’s Run Grocer, and Khaos Company Theatre on the Near Eastside.

Each hour of activity a person does is worth $10 in aluminum coins specially created for this program. Also available are quarter-hour coins that equal $2.50 worth of activity.

The program has been operating in Midtown since 2012 and will continue to run there. Businesses currently accepting the currency include Unleavened Bread Café, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Freewheelin’ Community Bikes, Fall Creek Gardens, Duos Kitchen, KI EcoCenter, Agrarian, Indy Upcycle, Good Earth Natural Foods, Broad Ripple Brew Pub, and the Center for Urban Ecology Farm at Butler.


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