The City of Indianapolis' Office of Sustainability is developing policies, programs and initiatives to promote green building practices, remove barriers and engage its citizens in improving their built environment. The City is committed to increasing the number of green buildings in both the public and private sector to create a better future and quality of life for Indianapolis residents.
Green building and development is the process by which architects, engineers and building owners design and construct high performance buildings that minimize their impact on the environment while providing benefits to the occupants. Green buildings have a positive impact on many fronts. Not only do green buildings increase energy efficiency and reduce water usage, but a sustainable building increases indoor air quality providing a safer and healthier space for occupants. The benefits of green buildings contribute to higher market values, as opposed to conventional buildings, and a boom in sustainable construction over the last decade.