MEDIA ADVISORY:
April 20, 2009

CONTACT:
Lara Beck, (317) 727-0016
Tina Noel, (317) 709-3103

HEC Eexecutive Director Available to Discuss ‘State of Indiana’s Environment’ in Conjunction With Earth Day

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – In conjunction with observations of Earth Day, Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, is available this week to discuss the state of Indiana’s environment.
Earth Day is officially April 22; however, a number of events and activities celebrating the day will take place throughout this week, including an Indianapolis-based event on April 25.

“Indiana has made progress in recent years to raise awareness about the importance of sound environmental policies,” Kharbanda said. “Yet, we have much more to do, as improving our environment will help allow us to bring more green jobs, retain and attract the top talent to Indiana, and protect our kids from harmful air and water pollutants.”

The Hoosier Environmental Council is the state’s largest environmental educator and advocate. During the 2009 session of the Indiana General Assembly, the HEC is working to educate the public and legislators about the economic benefits of the Green Jobs Development Act, improving the quality of life in communities with CAFOs, and increasing options for mass transit and passenger rail in communities throughout the state. HEC is also taking a leading role in articulating economic and environmental concerns about the I-69 expansion through the southern portion of Indiana.

To learn more about the HEC, and to view a full listing of Earth Day activities, please visit www.hecweb.org. To schedule an interview this week with Kharbanda, please contact Lara Beck or Tina Noel.

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