What does it mean when we say “Calumet Park Cemetery is going green”?

Written by Dan Moran. Posted in Community News, People in the News

Published on November 07, 2012 with No Comments

Calumet Park is Going Green!Going green is a phrase that is becoming more and more common as people begin to realize the enormity of the environmental challenges we all face. Whether you care about it or not, you have an impact on the environment every day with many of the choices you make.

Oil, water, wood, metal – all of these materials have to be taken from the environment and processed in order to support the way we live. This process may lead to pollution of our waterways, destruction of forests and possibly affect other natural systems.

This is often referred to as the “footprint” or the mark you leave behind on the environment. The simplest way to go green is to use less “stuff.” It is possible to shrink your environmental footprint by choosing reusable and recyclable products.

Calumet Park Cemetery and Funeral Chapel is reducing its footprint by recycling whenever possible, from paper to plastic to cans. Since spring, a “green” roof has been installed on both the cemetery office and the funeral home made of stone-coated steel that reduces heat gain by as much as 45 percent. The roofing material is made with over 30 percent recycled steel. When air convection (part of Calumet Park’s installation) is combined with the highly reflective steel and stone roofing materials, the result is one of the most energy efficient and eco-friendly lifetime roofing systems in the world.

The more energy efficient, the less the requirements for fossil fuels for heating and cooling while providing comfort to families that use Calumet Park Cemetery and Funeral Chapel. A “green” geothermal environmentally conscious cooling system is in the process of being completed for the mausoleums.  This will greatly reduce the amount of fossil fuel necessary to properly maintain the temperature inside and ensure a maximum comfort level for committal services conducted in the mausoleum chapels.  The new “comfort” system will be appreciated by all those who wish to visit their loved ones who are entombed in inside crypts at the Calumet Park mausoleum complex.

To be proactive in our pursuit of contributing to the improvement in the air we all breathe, Calumet Park is planting a tree at the cemetery in honor of every family that chooses Calumet Park as their funeral home. In addition, Batesville Casket Company plants a tree in a national forest for every casket that is purchased through Calumet Park. More trees…more good air for us all to breathe.

Calumet Park is one of the few remaining cemeteries in the area that is privately owned and operated.  2013 will be a banner year as we will celebrate 85 years of serving families in Lake and Porter counties. We have always been the premier cemetery in the region and are committed to our founding fathers’ dreams of being the most beautiful cemetery in NW Indiana.

The board of directors thanks all of you for your continued support. What began as a 96 acre farm field in 1928 has now grown to over 165 developed acres, with another 250 acres reserved for the future needs of Northwest Indiana … all paid in full. No huge monthly mortgage payment means lower prices for our patron families.

In 1938, the “singing” bell tower was erected, and plays chime music that provides a peaceful background to funerals. In the early 1970s, the first mausoleum was constructed and due to the strong interest in this type of permanent placement, we have since built two other mausoleums.

Calumet Park Cemetery has its own crematory, and in 2004, a funeral home was added to the mix making CPC a full service provider for your cemetery and funeral needs. With the growth of cremation, two columbariums have been erected which are structures that contain niches for cremains, one of which is specifically for veterans and their families and is located in Section 17.

Section 17 is dedicated to veterans and Calumet Park Cemetery offers the single best veteran benefit program in the area. This program was designed to thank all honorably discharged veterans, and offers tremendous savings, as Calumet Park shows its appreciation to all veterans for serving our country.  The only requirement is proof of honorable discharge.

For information on pre-arranging your cemetery and funeral needs, find us on Facebook at mycalumetpark or go to www.calumetparkcemetery.com or call 219-769-8803.

BIO: All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Dan Moran is the general manager of Calumet Park Cemetery. For your questions, email Moran at dmoran@calumetparkcemetary.com or visit www.calumetparkcemetery.com for more information.

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