(This piece was originally published on February 14, 2017 in the Rushville Republican.) INDIANAPOLIS – A new housing development, strip mall or business park can be a boon to any Hoosier community. With an increase in property tax revenue, new residents and workers spending money at local businesses and the opportunity to promote the city or […]

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(This piece was originally published on February 16, 2017 on WTHITV.com.) INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — A controversial solar energy bill passed through the Indiana Senate Utilities Committee Thursday. State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Tippecanoe County) was in the hot seat as senators challenged his bill that would eventually end net metering in the state. Net metering is an […]

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(This piece was originally published on February 17, 2017 in Public News Service.) INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that environmentalists say would weaken Indiana’s laws regulating Confined Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, is being discussed in committee again this week. The House Environmental Affairs Committee has taken testimony on HB 1494 by Rep. David Wolkins (R-Winona Lake). […]

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(This piece was originally published on February 8, 2017 in the Lafayette Journal & Courier.) WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Congress passed the Clean Air Act in 1963, and Liz Solberg of the League of Women Voters remembers advocating for it. She also remembers when President Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970. “I remember […]

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(This piece was originally published on January 31, 2017 in Midwest Energy News.) As dozens of states consider adopting fees and less-favorable rates to tilt the scales against net metering, advocates say a proposal in Indiana would offer rooftop solar customers the worst deal in the country. Senate Bill 309, authored by Republican Sen. Brandt Hershman, […]

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(This piece was originally published on January 18, 2017 in NUVO.) With a new administration, there are always new people in new positions with a new outlook on the future. For the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC), a new governor is a new opportunity to address old issues in the state. And this new governor, Eric Holcomb […]

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(This piece was originally published on January 21, 2017 in the Indianapolis Business Journal.) When Ryan Zaricki climbs a ladder to install rooftop solar panels on a customer’s house, he sees more than shingles and gutters. He sees a fast-growing industry providing jobs to Hoosiers and nudging Indiana further into the clean-energy movement. “Last year, we […]

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(This piece was originally published on January 16, 2017 in The Herald Bulletin.) ANDERSON – As a new year dawns, people commonly resolve to lose weight, exercise more or spend less time watching television. But local environmentalists are issuing a different challenge to Hoosiers: Reduce your everyday impact on the environment by measuring your carbon footprint […]

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(This piece was originally published on January 17, 2017 in the Courier-Journal.) Jesse Kharbanda, Guest Contributor There is a deep belief held by certain politicians – including prospective Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt – that environmental decision-making should largely be made by the states, rather than the federal government. That belief is based on a conviction that […]

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(This piece was originally published on January 16, 2017 in the Kokomo Perspective.) Non-Profit Organization Looking to Curb IDEM and DNR Cuts An Indiana nonprofit organization hopes to reverse a nearly decade-long trend. According to Jesse Kharbanda, the executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, time has not been kind to the Indiana Department of […]

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