(This piece was originally published on June 2, 2017 in the Indy Star.) WASHINGTON — Mayors from across the country — including Republican Jim Brainard of Carmel — pledged Friday to take the lead in reducing the nation’s carbon footprint after President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris climate agreement. “There will still be leadership from the United […]

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(This piece was originally published on May 27, 2017 in the Tribune Star.) Vigilant care for the environment begins to matter most when it hits home. When people suddenly wonder whether the water they drink or the air they breathe could harm their health, the term “environmental responsibility” sounds proper and downright crucial. Their lives, and […]

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(This piece was originally published on May 12, 2017 on Earthjustice.) Dangerous piles of industrial waste laced with lead, arsenic, mercury and other toxics will continue to threaten communities all over America if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants a legal petition that industrial polluters filed today. The polluters’ Petition for Reconsideration seeks to do away […]

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(This piece was originally published on May 21, 2017 in the Herald Bulletin.) ANDERSON — Before they were interrupted by a heavy thunderstorm, volunteers spread across the city Saturday to help bring beauty back to Anderson. “It’s kind of sad how much trash there is out here,” said Claire Popa, who worked with the Hoosier Environmental […]

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(This piece was originally published on May 19, 2017 in the News & Tribune.) “Power to the people” isn’t cheap. Electricity is costly to provide and consume and, when it comes to coal-fired power plants, clean up. Duke Energy’s Gallagher Station, which has provided the energy to cool our homes, refrigerate our food and give light […]

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(This piece was originally published on May 18, 2017 on Clean Technica.) InIndiana, solar employs nearly three times as many people as natural gas, according to the Department of Energy. You might think, given the numbers, that legislators would want to protect the state’s nascent solar industry. You would be wrong. On Tuesday, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb […]

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(This piece was originally published on May 5, 2017 in the NWI Times.) PORTAGE — It’s too early to tell what, if any, actions will be taken against U.S. Steel for last month’s toxic release of a cancer-causing chemical into the Burns Waterway near Lake Michigan, IDEM said Wednesday. The company’s Midwest plant in Portage spilled […]

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(This piece was originally published on May 16, 2017 in the Indianapolis Star.) Standing in front of a former Martindale-Brightwood plating plant cleared of hazardous materials, environmental activists Tuesday ticked off the impacts that President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget could have across Indiana. Less enforcement of laws that aim to […]

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(This piece was originally published on April 1, 2017 in The Batesville Herald Tribune.) Guys & Gals Quarters Salon & Day Spa is conducting a shoe drive April 3-May 4 to raise funds for the Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana’s leading environmental educator and advocate. HEC officials are committed to building a cleaner, greener and healthier Indiana […]

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(This piece was originally published on March 30, 2017 on RTV-6.) Environmental groups are pushing the Indiana state legislature to devote more money to fixing and maintaining Indiana’s state parks. Tim Maloney, senior policy director for the Hoosier Environmental Council, expressed concern Thursday that the money dedicated to repairs has been dropping over the last ten […]

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