(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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(This piece was originally published on April 11, 2017 on PV-Tech.) A bill that will remove much of the financial incentive for residential solar has been passed by the Indiana legislature and now moves onto governor Holcomb for final approval before it becomes law. Yesterday, in a 37-11 vote, the Senate approved SB309 that would completely overhaul […]

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(This piece was originally published on April 8, 2017 in The Kokomo Perspective.) The senate bill some fear will harm the budding Hoosier solar industry continues to advance, and it may receive a vote this week in the House. After continuous modification, Senate Bill 309 passed out of the House Utilities, Energy, and Telecommunications Committee last […]

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(The following excerpt is taken from this piece that was originally published on March 20, 2017 on DePauw News & Media’s site.) ….. Jesse Kharbanda leads Indiana’s largest environmental policy organization, overseeing the Hoosier Environmental Council’s strategic and program development, legislative initiatives, operations, and fundraising. HEC is focused on three core initiatives: clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and […]

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(This piece was originally published on March 8, 2017 in The Times Sentinel.) As if keeping up with all the hullabaloo and shenanigans in D.C. weren’t enough, Hoosiers need to keep a close eye on what our legislators are doing at the Statehouse in Indy. Many people assume that once they’ve voted, they can sit back […]

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(This piece was originally published on March 10, 2017 in The Journal Gazette.) Indiana doesn’t need to make it easier to start or expand a controlled animal feeding operation. The state has about 2,000 such farms, where cattle, hogs, sheep or poultry are raised in close quarters. If not managed carefully, the enormous amounts of waste that […]

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Or why net metering is critical to a modernized electrical grid. (This piece was originally published on February 28, 2017 in PV Magazine.) (Inovateus Solar is an HEC Green Business Partner.) Inovateus Solar has come out strongly against Indiana Senate Bill (SB) 309, which pv magazine was the first to report on in January. It has also reported […]

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(This piece was originally published on March 1, 2017 on Indiana Public Media.) The Hoosier Environmental Council estimates more than half of Indiana’s streams and rivers would no longer be protected if President Donald Trump scraps the Waters of the U.S. rule. Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he says is “paving the way for […]

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(This piece was originally published on March 1, 2017 in NUVO.) State level This legislative session, there are three bills proposed in the House and Senate that deal with the environment. Senate Bill 309 would end net metering for Indiana homes and businesses. Net metering is when a building uses renewable energy and “sells” any extra […]

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