Be a Part of Greening Your Community
Help us carry the momentum of Greening the Statehouse into the 2015 legislative session by attending one of our Greening Your Community house parties!
Greening Your Community is a state-wide initiative that will run through the 2015 legislative session that is focused on developing a statewide network of advocates for environmental causes.
A GYC house party will involve networking and viewing of three short videos covering big issues coming up in the 2015 legislative session. These events will also include discussion on getting motivated and prepared for the upcoming session. Of greatest concern is a renewed effort to tie the hands of regulators. If this were to happen, Indiana's scientifically-trained officials, charged with protecting our environment, could be blockaded in doing anything to systematically address major environmental threats.
Several supporters have stepped up to host these events and we hope to continue to grow the list of upcoming parties as we progress through the next month or two!
If there is not an event in your area, please contact Amanda Shepherd and we will try and make arrangements for a party closer to you!
Watch a Video About a Victory for Environmental Justice
A working-class community in Elkhart, Indiana suffered for more than a decade from noxious pollution produced by a waste processor that operated without regard to state and federal laws. The community was also stunningly let down by the very government agencies that were supposed to be protecting them. Despite countless violations of environmental laws, fire and safety codes, and county ordinances - violations that caused the death of two company employees -- the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and Elkhart County officials repeatedly turned a blind eye to the community's complaints and suffering.
Unfortunately, environmental injustices like this occur all too often in communities that lack the resources to fight back. But, HEC lawyers helped this long suffering community do just that - watch a brief video
about this incredible victory for environmental justice.
Get Involved in Advancing a Positive Alternative to Controversial Dam Project
One of the most controversial, proposed projects in Indiana, the Mounds Dam, would destroy 1,000 acres of mature hardwood forest, eliminate an extremely rare wetland nature preserve, and threaten Indiana's premier archeological site. HEC, with critical input of allies, recently unveiled the Mounds Greenway proposal, a green belt and expanded trail system that would permanently protect all of these incredible resources, while likely triggering substantial nearby investment adjacent to the Greenway, such as B&Bs, restaurants, pubs, and bike shops. HEC presented the Mounds Greenway plan at major public events in Anderson and in Muncie earlier this week, and will continue to engage a number of citizens and community leaders in the time ahead.
How You Can Get Involved: Write a letter to Mr. Jeff Harrison, Executive Vice President, Citizens Energy Group, 2020 North Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46202, urging Citizens to take a stand in opposition to this project, as the project is not merited (by Citizens' own analysis) from a water supply perspective and goes against Citizens' aspirations to be a sustainability leader. Also, urge citizens to speak up in support of the Mounds Greenway!