Written by: Claire Brumback, Public Affairs Intern
May is the greatest month in Indianapolis. From the 500
Festival Mini Marathon to the Indianapolis 500 and everything in between,
Indianapolis is the place to be during the month of May. Just like the rest of the city, here at Indianapolis Power
and Light Company (IPL), May is our busiest month for projects and events.
Here’s a wrap-up of all the events that happened last month.
Day in the Parks –
Despite the ominous forecast on May 11, nearly 400 IPL
employees participated in the seventh annual IPL Day in the Parks service day
at Brookside Park, with the help of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. and Indy
Throughout the day you could see linemen clearing trees, engineers
mulching the playgrounds, customer service representatives planting flowers and
accountants painting shelter houses. Executives, interns and everyone in
between worked together with one common goal: revitalize these parks for
Indianapolis residents to enjoy.
Day in the Parks is our most popular employee volunteer
event. Instead of sitting at a booth or working at a convention, this event
lets our people do hands-on projects and improve the Indianapolis community
(and they get an awesome t-shirt for volunteering). Many of our employees live
in Indianapolis, so in some cases, they are working to improve their own
In seven years, IPL employees have improved 29 parks.
Indianapolis has 280 parks total, so we are just getting started. Only 251 more
parks to go!
Safety Day – May 18
IPL and its parent company, AES, promote safety as our number
one value. Each year, all AES sites host Safety Day for all employees. This
year at IPL, Safety Day was held at Lucas Oil Stadium, promoting the theme
“Safety: Take it Personally.” Former IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher presented a
keynote address on she takes safety personally, and classes focused on safety,
health and wellness. Yoga, firearm safety, linemen training and healthy eating
were some of the classes offered this year.
The point of Safety Day is to teach our employees to be safe
on and off the job. We want our employees to return home each night, and we
want them to return to work the next day. Whether it’s a lineman climbing a
pole to fix a line or a customer service representative driving to work in the
morning, we want all employees to be safe at all times and take safety
IPL 500 Festival
Parade – May 27
For the twelfth year in a row, IPL was the title sponsor of
the IPL 500 Festival Parade on May 27. The parade started in 1957, and IPL has
had a float every single year of the parade since its inception.
Sponsoring the parade is important to IPL, because it falls
under our giving area of economic development. It creates hundreds of jobs and
brings in millions of dollars to Indianapolis each year. And, not to mention,
it ranks among the top three parades in the country, alongside the Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day and Tournament of Roses parades.
IPL won the Spirit Award for our float this year for
corresponding with the parade’s theme, “Accelerate the American Spirit.” We invited our employees who are veterans,
our environmental team and a past and present basketball player from Crispus
Attucks to ride on the float.
Check out the slideshow below for some of our favorite
pictures from last month!