Today, we are proud to honor one of IndyHub's most prolific and inspiring bloggers. Since his first post in 2009, Ryan Puckett (@rmpuckett) has been a regular contributor to our site, publishing his “Great Green Hope” columns, chock-full of insights, critiques, and encouragements. In his words, Ryan is concerned that the authorities will soon be coming to his house to take away his “young professional” card. (Editor's note: Not us, we wouldn't dream it.) In thinking how we could say thank you, our team had a few ideas. On the list: a large sum of cash, a lavish dinner by his favorite local chef or box seats to a Cubs game. Our treasurer nixed the first two, and the Cubs, well you know. Maybe next year, eh Ryan? Again left to our own devices, we thought we'd dig in and bring out the best of Ryan's Great Green Hope. Without further ado, we present a Ryan Puckett retrospective…
July, 2009: Out With a Bang! ”I didn’t want to start my green column with a tirade, but the timing seemed too appropriate not to tell you about my disenfranchised relationship with fireworks…I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer and throw a wet blanket on your attempt to recreate the magic of a Kiss concert in your driveway… For those whose Fourth of July festivities just aren't complete without some pyrotechnics, the good news is that greener options are becoming available. Whatever you do, make sure you play it safe and obey the law.”
March, 2010: It's Time to Get Connected “Once upon a time, there was a new city emerging in America’s Heartland… Where are the 20- and 30-somethings who want to make Indianapolis an even greater place to live, who want to get involved, who want to energize the city? …This is your transportation system, your voice is important. It’s time to get connected.” (Read also: Park This and A Gift Receiving Etiquette Lesson from the Debate Over High-Speed Rail)
August, 2010: I Pledge
To bag the plastic,
Of retailers across the United States of America,
And to the cloth bag,
Of which I will adapt,
Toting it everywhere,
Under the sun,
To help maintain liberty and justice for all.
(Read also: Pain at the Pump)
January, 2011: Sometimes You Gotta Make Sausage “You have likely heard the old saying that goes something like, 'Laws are like sausage… you’re better off not knowing how they are made'…” (Read also: Two Requests)
February, 2011: Hoosier Generation? “So what’s your generation going to be known for? Whether you are a Gen-Xer like me, or part of Gen Y, Z, LOL or OMG, you have a choice to carve out your own legacy. You don’t have to be remembered as the MTV Generation or the generation that grew up during the proliferation of the home computer, video games and the Internet…”
From June, 2011: The Real Reel Mower Blues “When the season to trim emerged, I sought out a reel mower – yes, the old-fashioned, human-powered kind… Every weekend, approximately 54 million Americans mow their lawns, using 800 millions gallons of gas per year.” (Read also: Let's Talk Hope)
September, 2011: A Green Challenge for the Boys in Blue “So what do you say Colts? …Fans are just that – fanatics about their teams and what they stand for. Imagine the impact that could be accomplished by making the boys in blue green up their game.”
And these next two, we found to be especially worth reposting with the coming election and holiday seasons!
October, 2011: Visionary Wanted – on elections, debates and civic engagement
December, 2011: Twas the Day After Thanksgiving “So what’s conscious shopper to do? My best advice is to shop local…
January, 2012: The Ways and Means to Transit Becoming a Reality “If you are reading this blog post, I am making a few assumptions about you…This post will be part civics lesson and part call to action!” (Read also: Dump It)
June, 2012: Tweeting the Grand Voyage - a summary of Ryan's experience at Zoobilation
There's been more than 30 in all, starting back before this current version of our site launched. It's good stuff. So, while Ryan has decided to hang up his blogging hat with IndyHub, the the words and ideas he's shared will remain right here. To close, “Rezone, reconnect and revitalize… It’s time to get busy and reinvent Indy. Many of our civic leaders have been offering direction for decades. Where will we go next? You decide.” July, 2012: The Power of Re-.
Ryan, You've educated, humored and challenged all of us to live more sustainable lives, both for the environment and for our city. Thank you. This isn't really goodbye – just a catch ya later, friend.