State Innovation Grant
                    CLEAN Community Challenge, State of Indiana
                    (Comprehensive Local Environmental Action Network)
The EPA State Innovation Grant Program was established in 2002 to help strengthen EPA's innovation partnerships
with States and Tribes and is a direct result of the Agency's innovation strategy, Innovating for Better Environmental
Results: A Strategy to Guide the Next Generation of Innovation at EPA (
To support the Innovation Strategy, the 2002 grant program focused its efforts on projects that related to one of
four priority issues: reducing greenhouse gases, reducing smog, improving water quality, and reducing the cost
of drinking water or wastewater infrastructure.  In addition, EPA sought projects that test incentives that motivate
"beyond-compliance" environmental performance, or move whole sectors  toward improved environmental
performance. This series of fact sheets features the State projects selected for funding under the Grant Program.
Karen Teliha
IDEM/OPPTA, 402 West Washington St.,
Rm W041, Indianapolis, IN  46204,
Jennifer Ostermeier
U.S. EPA Region 5, Chicago, IL,
Adam Levitan
US EPA National Center for Environmental
Innovation, Washington, DC

For the past eight years, the Indiana Department of
Environmental Management (IDEM) has managed several
sector specific environmental performance recognition programs
each designed with varying levels of commitment from
participating facilities. In addition, IDEM has just completed a
Toxic Reduction Challenge for industries. IDEM learned from
these programs and will apply them to the Comprehensive Local
Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) Challenge.  Lessons
include ensuring buy-in from IDEM management,  having
support in place to assist applicants through the process,
working with stakeholders to develop a program they can "sell"
and receive benefits from, monitoring and modifying the
program when problems are  found, and developing a system to
track and report progress to  participants and stakeholders.

                                                          NATIONAL CENTER FOR
                                                          ENVIRONMENTAL  INNOVATION

Project Description

The  Indiana  Department  of  Environmental
Management (IDEM) received a State Innovation
Grant to develop and implement a voluntary program
designed to encourage Indiana  municipalities and
businesses to take positive environmental actions that
could include reduced air, land and water emissions
and discharges. The goal of this program is to improve
Indiana's environment community by community. This
program will form new partnerships among the State,
local government, and business and will encourage
communities   to  set  and  achieve  their own
environmental  goals. Participants must pledge  to
become CLEAN Communities and take subscribed
actions in  order to be publicly recognized statewide.
They must work with other community members  to
implement environmental programs that could include
stormwater issues, recycling and emission reductions
of Indiana's top Chemicals of Concern to the land,  air
and water. The Challenge would consist of various
action levels that build on each other until ultimately,
the participants  have  planned,  developedand
implemented an environmental management  system
(EMS) that includes  input  and support from the
community and local  business. IDEM believes this
program demonstrates broad, strategic innovation.
The goals of the Indiana CLEAN Community
Challenge  include:
1.      Creating a voluntary recognition program for
       the local government  sector
2.      Providing increased state consideration for
       local concerns  through improved
       communication, planned compliance and
       technical assistance efforts
3.      Fostering local government pollution
       prevention successes in Indiana
4.      Promoting high quality environmental
       project implementation at the local level
5.      Offering valuable rewards  in proportion to
       projects  implemented
6.      Improving overall environmental
       performance and  quality of life for Hoosier
7.     Tracking environmental performance
       associated with EMS implementation
8.     Providing cleaner water, improved waste
       management, reduced toxics
9.     Encouraging municipalities to develop
       cross-media EMS plans
Measures of success my include:
              Municipality compliance rates based
              on enforcement actions
              Benefits offered by state agencies for
              CLEAN participation
              Partnerships formed between various
              state agencies as a result of CLEAN
              Permitting improvements resulting
              from CLEAN, such as fewer
              municipal permit application
              Number of municipalities
              participating in  CLEAN and/or the
              number of municipalities expressing
              Partnerships formed at the local level
              between citizen groups and local
              government as a result of CLEAN
              Public response to projects
              implemented within the  community
              for CLEAN (measurable outcomes
              will depend on  each particular
              project, such as the amount of public
              participation in  a new recycling or
              carpooling program)
              Measurable outcomes over time,
              showing environmental improvement
              at pilot communities participating  in
              CLEAN (see discussion above
              regarding measurement of results)

Benefits of the Project

There are many benefits the Indiana  CLEAN
Community  Challenge will provide  to municipalities.
IDEM recognizes that the agency's priorities may not
reflect the priorities of a small town.  The Indiana
CLEAN  Community  Challenge  allows  each

municipality to identify local environmental concerns,
determine the most feasible solution, and implement a
project with local citizen and business input.
Participating municipalities that successfully implement
projects addressing local environmental issues could
receive several financial and service rewards from
various state agencies.  In addition,  increased
compliance and technical assistance efforts from IDEM
may improve compliance rates for municipalities as an
entire  sector.  Moreover, improved education about
upcoming environmental regulations affecting
municipalities may lead to early  compliance and less
frequent violations.
Public benefits include a more informed community
with regard to environmental and health issues, more
energy efficient and  cost-effective  local government,
and an overall improvement in environmental quality
and health for citizens.  Because municipalities will be
allowed to choose their environmental goals, Indiana
should see positive results in a variety  of local
environmental, health and economic issues.

Project Plan

The project is slated to last three years. Implementation
is  set to occur late 2004 with completion and final
reporting in late  2007.
United States
Environmental Protection
Office of Policy,
Economics and Innovation
   January 2005