In This Issue
Jack Johhson Match Opportunity
Look Who's 30
Take Action for IN Amtrak Funding
Right to Farm or Harm?
6th Annual Forum Speaker
CAFO Workshop
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Singer and Environmentalist Jack Johnson Chooses HEC!

Jack Johnson, singer, songwriter and environmentalist, has chosen HEC as one of 75 organization participants on his world-wide 2013 From Here To Now To You Tour!

Jack's foundation, The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, promotes positive and lasting change within communities by supporting organizations that focus on the environment.

Jack will be matching donations to HEC through November 1st (Up to a total of $2,500).

Make your tax-deductible contribution at and your money will be doubled by the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation! You may also mail us a check - before November 1 -- with "Jack Johnson match" in the memo line.   
Guess Who's Turning 30?

null We are! It's hard to believe, but the Hoosier Environmental Council was started 30 years ago on September 9, 1983 by a small group of Hoosiers passionate about protecting Indiana's environment. We'll be celebrating this milestone birthday throughout the year and sharing stories from our friends, volunteers, and partners who've provided so much help along the way. If you have one to share, we would love to hear from you!


Meanwhile, we'd just like to say a huge THANK YOU to our entire HEC family of supporters, no matter how long you've been with us! Now, pass the cake!
Time is Running Out for Passenger Rail Service from Indy to Chicago - Please Act Today

Governor Pence must decide by October 1 if the state will invest in improved passenger rail service from Indianapolis to Chicago.  If the state fails to act, Amtrak's Hoosier State route will be discontinued as required by Congress.  Given that Americans are driving less and clamoring for alternative transportation, as evidenced by growing ridership on Amtrak and local transit systems, it is essential for Indiana to make this investment if it is to provide meaningful travel options for all Hoosiers, as well as compete with our neighboring states for new business and professional talent.    


Read NUVO's cover story on the Hoosier State route, and call (317) 232-4567, or send an email today!

The Most Troubling, Proposed Constitutional Amendment You May Have Never Heard Of
null The Indiana constitution has never been amended to provide special protection to a single industry.  If SJR 7 passes the Indiana legislature next year, Indiana will be one step closer to breaking with nearly 200 years of history.  SJR 7, known misleadingly as the 'Right to Hunt and Fish', would effectively tie the hands of policymakers to do anything to regulate factory farms.  This has dangerous implications for Indiana's food safety, animal welfare, the quality of Indiana's waters and the health of rural communities.  

If you are concerned about SJR 7, write to Falon French at, Subject: SJR 7, and we will keep you informed about ways to help. 
Announcing the Keynote Speaker for Indiana's Biggest Green Advocate Event of the Year!
greenhouse3 We're excited to announce that John Tuma will be the Keynote Speaker for our 6thAnnual Greening the Statehouse!  

John has been a proven force for change in the Midwest for the cause of sustainable agriculture. He's been central, in particular, to making environmental progress in Minnesota in the contentious arena of industrial livestock agriculture -- as a long-time state Republican legislator and lawyer.  Tuma has also been a passionate advocate for the rights of both small farmers and communities seeking to control their own destiny.  

Join us to hear his inspirational, dynamic remarks.  If you register before September 30, you'll get a discount to our event! 
Join HEC and W.A.C.F. for Our Upcoming CAFO Workshop   

null On September 21, HEC and the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation will be hosting a lunch and learn workshop to address citizen concerns related to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and Confined Feeding Operations (CFOs). Workshop attendees will learn about effects of CAFOs and CFOs such as health risks, harm to the environment, impacts to the local economy, and how we can reduce these impacts. Speakers will cover important laws and regulations, citizen rights, and how to be heard on these issues.


The event is free and lunch will be provided. Please reserve your space in advance.

Lunch and Learn Workshop

When: Saturday, September 21st

Where: Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation Education Center
                11586 North State Road 13
                Syracuse, IN 46567


For more information on the upcoming workshop please visit  

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