Indianapolis Mayor’s New Sustainability Plan for City-County Building will Save $750,000 a Year

In an effort to keep Indianapolis at the forefront of the “Urban Green Revolution” movement, Mayor Ballard unveiled a new Sustainability Upgrades Plan for the City-County Building (CCB) that will reduce the City’s environmental footprint and guarantee energy savings of $750,000 a year for the next 15 years. The sustainability measures, which include heating, cooling and ventilation system improvements and installation of a geothermal heat recovery chiller system, will make the CCB a model for green building in Indianapolis. As a result, the 50-year-old building will become one of the most energy-efficient government office buildings in the nation.

Mayor Ballard had this to say about the new program: “The changes we are making to the City-County Building and City-owned buildings across the system – and the savings involved – are a perfect example of how the city can become more sustainable while being economical. Making Indianapolis one of the most sustainable cities in the Midwest improves quality of life for our residents by being smarter about taxpayer dollars and creating a cleaner environment.”

In addition to the upgrades to the building’s HVAC system, water conservation measures were implemented at the CCB that will reduce water consumption by up to 40%.

We salute Mayor Ballard for being a leader in the Sustainability Movement. He created the Office of Sustainability and the SustainIndy Program in 2008. Since then, SustainIndy “green” public works projects have included the new $6.6 million HealthNet People’s Health & Dental Center, a state-of-the-art community health center on Indianapolis’ near eastside, and the Nature Conservancy Indiana Chapter’s Efroymson Conservation Center, a new ‘green’ headquarters building in downtown Indianapolis. A related program, RebuildIndy, a $55 million initiative, has been busy repairing Indy’s crumbling infrastructure.

We here at Thiele Heating & Air Conditioning are proud of the efforts being made by Central Indiana residents, organizations and government agencies to make Indianapolis a great place to live, now and in the future. For information about how you can get involved by making your home more environmentally-friendly, call Thiele at (317) 639-1111, or visit