Do something good for the environment, earn rewards through new Indianapolis program

INDIANAPOLIS - A new program is allowing you to make some money while helping your community.

“Make Change” gives the chance to earn coins for doing good things. The program, headed up by a Butler University official, is being expanded to other parts of Indianapolis.

How it works: You do good things for the environment and get paid for it by earning coins that can be cashed in at local businesses. Each hour of activity is worth $10 in aluminum coins specially created for the program.

You can do things as simple as planting a tree or garden, riding your bike to work or putting a rain barrel outside your home or business.

Coins can be redeemed at locations across the city, including the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Good Earth (in Broad Ripple) and Broad Ripple Brew Pub, just to name a few.

The program runs through the end of the year and is headed up by Tim Carter, director of Butler University's Center for Urban Ecology.

Find more information on how to earn coins and redeem them at the Make Change website.

You can document your activity through social media with the hashtag #MakeChangeIndy.

Make Change was originally funded through an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) grant and launched in January 2013 in the neighborhoods between Fall Creek and 38th Street. As of this Friday, it will be expanded to the entire Midtown area thanks to a grant.

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