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Greening the Statehouse Slated for December 10

HEC’s Annual Forum to Discuss Leading Environmental Issues Facing Indiana in 2012

INDIANAPOLIS  – Indiana’s leading environmental educator and advocate will bring citizens and advocates together in December to address the key environmental issues facing Indiana in 2012, with a focus on the 2012 Indiana General Assembly. The Hoosier Environmental Council’s (HEC) Fourth Annual Greening the Statehouse Forum is scheduled for Dec. 10, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the campus of Butler University in Atherton Union and hosted by Butler’s Center for Urban Ecology.

Jim Motavalli, a noted expert on mass transit and green car technologies, will offer the keynote address at Greening the Statehouse. Motavalli is a former editor of E/The Environmental Magazine and current contributor to media outlets including The News York Times, and NPR’s Car Talk. He has authored three books on topics such as transportation and climate change. During his keynote, Motavalli will discuss green car technology, its impact on Indiana’s manufacturing sector, the impact on foreign oil consumption, and the relationship with conventional power plants. Motavalli will also address bi-partisan solutions for 21st century transportation issues, from alternative automobiles to mass transit.

Greening the Statehouse will also include expert panels on mass transit, water pollution in our lakes and rivers, and clean energy policy solutions. HEC will also recognize individuals, organizations and businesses for their environmental stewardship in Indiana with HEC’s annual awards ceremony.

Registration for Greening the Statehouse is available through HEC’s website: The cost of attending is $20 for general admission and $15 for students. An early bird discount of $5 is available through Friday, Nov. 18.

HEC partners with several groups to advocate for greener initiatives throughout Indiana, including the following sponsors:

  • Keynote Sponsors: IndyGo, People for Urban Progress, and WFYI
  • Nonprofit Sponsors: Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit, Improving Kids’ Environment, Indiana Public Health Association, League of Women Voters, Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter, Blue Green Alliance, Carmel Green Initiative, Indiana Green Business Network, Indiana Recycling Coalition, Indiana Wildlife Federation, Save the Dunes, and the City of Indianapolis-Office of Sustainability
  • Green Business Sponsors: Cummins and Mann Plumbing Inc.

About Hoosier Environmental Council

Founded in 1983, the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) is the largest, statewide environmental policy organization in Indiana. HEC aims to set a new path for Indiana, embracing practices and policies that dramatically reduce the footprint of transportation, industry, commerce, and agriculture on the environment.


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