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Greening the Statehouse 2015
Clean Power Plan
Support the Mounds Greenway
Coal Ash Protection
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This Saturday - Clean Power Plan Celebration!

Join the Sierra Club, HEC, and others for a celebration of the Clean Power Plan!
Come and show your support for the nation's most ambitious plan to address climate change, the Clean Power Plan!

Southside of the
Indiana Statehouse
200 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN

August 8th, 2015
Noon - 1:30 PM

Become an HEC Green Business Supporter

Thank you to our newest HEC Green Business Supporters! We encourage you to support those green businesses that share in our mission to make Indiana a better place to live, breathe, work and play!

Sowing the Seeds
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Duos (Indianapolis)

Is your business fostering cleaner water and air, promoting sustainable & local food, investing in clean energy & 21st century transportation, and other green-minded activities? Learn how to
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Join HEC for the 8th Annual Greening the Statehouse November 14, 2015

Mark your calendars for Indiana's largest annual gathering of environmentally-minded Hoosiers at HEC's Greening the Statehouse on Saturday, November 14, 2015!

If you have attended in years past, you know that this will be an energizing day filled with dynamic speakers and educational breakout sessions. You will learn how to make your voice heard in the community and in our Indiana legislature. You will receive information and education about state environmental issues and opportunity to network with green-minded Hoosiers, businesses and non-profits. We are excited that the University of Indianapolis is generously hosting the event in the Schwitzer Student Center.

If you have not attended before, make this the year! Register now! For more information or sponsorship opportunities, email Jeni Jenkins.
Tell Senator Donnelly to Embrace the Clean Power Plan
This week, the White House unveiled the most ambitious plan ever to address climate change, the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP would cut the nation's carbon pollution from power plants by nearly one third by 2030, and cut Indiana's carbon emissions by 38.5% by 2030. 

Critics of the Clean Power Plan, like Senator Joe Donnelly, claim that the CPP will require "Hoosiers to carry one of the heaviest loads," but the reality is that Indiana has the third weakest goal in the entire 12 state Midwestern region.

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Rather than resisting the Clean Power Plan, Indiana should embrace it! The CPP is not only about helping Indiana play its part in addressing climate change, but it also sends a strong signal to clean energy installers, manufacturers, and service providers that clean energy is an immense job-generating opportunity for our country and state; in fact, Indiana has the second highest potential for clean energy manufacturing jobs in the U.S.! 

Urge Senator Donnelly to change his stance on the Clean Power Plan and to lead on addressing climate change (in contrast to  Governor Pence's unfortunate position)!
Keep Talking about the Mounds Greenway  

Last Monday evening the Chesterfield Town Council agreed to join the Mounds Lake Commission by a narrow 3 to 2 vote, but added an opt-out clause in the event other towns do not join. Daleville and Yorktown will hear public input on their decision whether to join the Commission next week. Urge anyone you know who lives in these communities to reach their town councilors today!


Everyone should also contact Governor Pence to urge his support for the Mounds Greenway instead of the dam and reservoir! Contact information for the town officials and the Governor is available at moundsgreenway.org


If you're a cyclist, plan to join us for the Ride for the Mounds on Saturday, September 19th at noon.  Learn more and register at moundsgreenway.org.
HEC Joins Suit to Protect Communities from Coal Ash Pollution
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HEC recently joined with seven other organizations including Earthjustice and Sierra Club in filing a legal challenge to the U.S. EPA's coal ash disposal rule, adopted last December. Our challenge does not seek to overturn the rule, but rather to strengthen it and defend it from industry attacks which would weaken it to the point the rule would be meaningless.

Key elements of our lawsuit seek to improve the rule's weak provisions governing coal ash lagoon standards and clean-up requirements for leaking ash lagoons. Indiana has more coal ash sludge lagoons -- 84 -- than any other state and most of them are unlined and located atop shallow sand and gravel aquifers. This is an ideal recipe for drinking water contamination.

Learn more at indianacoalash.org.
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