(This piece was originally published on January 4, 2017 by WBAA.) (Click here to listen to the piece.) Environmentalists around the state are gearing up for the 2017 legislative session, and some will make the case that greater environmental protection is crucial for economic development. Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, says […]

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(This piece was originally published on January 7, 2017 in the Indianapolis Business Journal.) These are not exactly romantic, twinkling-in-the-moonlight ponds, where you might paddle a canoe with your sweetie. They are more a cluster of mushy, gray-black sludge lagoons, filled with tons of coal ash and toxic metals like mercury, arsenic and cadmium. For decades, […]

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(This piece was originally published on December 13, 2016 in the Journal Gazette.) Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb has said all the right things about balancing Indiana’s agricultural and industrial needs and protecting air and water. But Holcomb doesn’t have a long track record in elected office, and his approach to environmental policy is likely a work in progress. Leaders […]

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(This piece was originally published on December 25, 2016 in the South Bend Tribune.) All that work to help guide South Bend, northern Indiana and the rest of the state into the environmentally sustainable future with renewable energy. Through Steven Francis’ leadership, NIPSCO is now on track with a plan to cut coal usage in […]

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(This piece was originally published on December 16, 2016 in the Indianapolis Star.) Donald Trump’s words and actions have many environmentalists worried about what is to come. But one of Indiana’s leading environmentalists is calling not for fear but rather a renewed era of activism. I’ve talked for years to Jesse Kharbanda about the challenges […]

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(This piece was originally published on December 9, 2016 on TheIndyChannel.) INDIANAPOLIS — A bi-partisan group of city-county councilors are urging Indianapolis Power and Light to conduct a full cost-benefit analysis of options for closing the coal ash ponds at Harding Street and Eagle Valley. Thirteen Indianapolis City-County councilors wrote a Dec. 6 letter to […]

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(This piece was originally published November 25, 2016 on The Times Sentinel.) Kim Ferraro (left), water and agriculture policy director at the Hoosier Environmental Council, moderated a panel discussion between Tracy Lewis (center), executive director of the Lake County Minority Health Coalition and Dr. Indra Frank, environmental health director at the HEC. The panel was […]

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(This piece was orginally published November 21, 2016 on Public News Service.) LEBANON, Ind. – One of the women who has played a leading role in bringing international visibility to the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., brought her message to Indiana over the weekend. Melissa Mays, founder of the advocacy group Water You Fighting […]

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(This piece was originally published on November 21, 2016 on Indiana Public Media.) Around 500 activists gathered in Boone County for the Hoosier Environmental Council’s Greening the Statehouse on Saturday Nov. 19. The conference focused on the role of environmental activism in light of the presidential election. Many speakers and attendees voiced concern that environmental […]

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(This piece was originally published on November 19, 2016 on WLFI.) LEBANON, Ind. (WLFI) – Saturday, the Hoosier Environmental Council held its ninth annual Greening the Statehouse. Council executive director Jesse Kharbanda said more than 500 people attended. “[They] come from every corner of the state that want to learn about the leading environmental issues, […]

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