November 2, 2016 News


November 1, 2016 

IDEM recognizes Cicero for environmental commitment

IDEM Commissioner presents Cicero with CLEAN Community designation 

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Commissioner, Carol S. Comer today presented Cicero town officials with a “CLEAN Community” award. Cicero participates in Indiana’s Comprehensive Local Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) Community Challenge, a voluntary recognition program that rewards Indiana cities, towns and counties for proactively managing environmental impacts.

As a CLEAN Community, Cicero worked to develop a quality of life plan to minimize the potential environmental impacts from city operations and community-wide activities. Cicero officials selected five environmental improvement initiatives including purchasing more efficient systems for municipally-owned facilities, recycling fluorescent bulbs and rechargeable batteries generated by municipal operations, planting 25 trees annually, increasing unwanted medicine collections and decreasing water runoff, while raising water conservation awareness. 

For CLEAN Community participants, making small changes brings valuable rewards including decreased costs, increased efficiencies, statewide recognition, improved relationships with regulators and incentives from IDEM and state agency partners. Additional information — including a checklist and CLEAN Community program application — can be found at  


In the photo (left to right): Jan Unger, Cicero Clerk-Treasurer; Charlie Cambre, Park Superintendent;

IDEM Commissioner Carol S. Comer; Shae Kmicikewycz, Community Development Specialist; Pat Comer, Utility Director.

(November 1, 2016)   For a hi-res photo, please visit IDEM’s website at

About IDEM

IDEM ( implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment. 


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