Our Impact

April 2018 – See our newest section below called, “Our Impact after 35 years,” for which, over the course of this year, we’ll roll out 35 ways in which HEC has made a major difference for people, animals, and our overall environment. 


Our Impact in 2017

The Hoosier Environmental Council’s focused direction led HEC and our partners to five major victories in 2017:

1.) Defeated a proposed law that would have concealed critical information from communities threatened by factory farms.

2.) Helped secure significant new money for maintenance of our state parks.

3.) Organized the most significant bi-partisan opposition to an Indiana utility lobby-backed bill that our state has ever seen, paving the way for future victories.

4.) Secured a historic legal victory for families harmed by factory farm pollution ensuring that they will have their day in court despite Indiana’s unjust Right to Farm laws.

5.) Won new protections for families at risk from toxic lead contamination.

Help celebrate our victories for the people and animals of Indiana on or by December 31st, and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar!

Our Impact Year-After-Year

HEC is proud to be a leader in the movement for positive change in Indiana – achieving victories for healthier waterways, more abundant forests, and cleaner, safer communities. HEC works constantly to:

1.) Protect fellow Hoosiers from coal ash, factory farm waste, and industrial toxins – challenges that affect citizens across Indiana.

While air and water quality have improved for most Hoosiers over the last half century, there are neighborhoods and communities that are seriously hurting from toxic exposure. We’re standing up for them in places as diverse as urban Indianapolis and East Chicago to rural Hendricks and rural Morgan County.

2.) Achieve state-level climate solutions.

We’ve been actively involved in initiatives aimed at reducing carbon emissions from Indiana’s three largest sources: agriculture, energy, and transportation. And we’ve been the leader in the effort to permanently safeguard a precious riparian forest, which will create a permanent and significant carbon sink along the White River.

3.) Be your year-around eyes-and-ears in the Indiana Statehouse.

It’s not unusual for HEC to be monitoring 50 to 75 bills when the Indiana legislature is in session. We’re looking after your air and water, and helping to foster a more sustainable future. And our vigilance does not end with the end of the legislative session we’re monitoring developments there every month of the year.

4.) Provide trainings & workshops that empower you to make greater impact.

We can’t transform Indiana for the better without a movement of informed and passionate advocates with us across Indiana like you. HEC hosts monthly volunteer trainings, facilitates workshops across Indiana, and is a frequent presenter at large forums.

Our Impact Over Our Thirty-Five Years

HEC is celebrating our 35th Anniversary this year!   From now till the end of December, we’ll be rolling out victories that we’ve secured over the course of thirty-five years.   Here are the first few that we have announced!

Win #1: In the early 80s, the Hoosier National Forest was vulnerable to aggressive logging and oil & gas drilling. Not sitting on our hands, HEC and our allies mobilized thousands of Hoosiers to push back against this misguided plan. And we won – with the U.S. Forest Service adopting the vast majority of our alternative plan. It was a victory that, to this day, has preserved the integrity of this ~200,000 acre national treasure (posted on 3/5/18).

Win #2: A coalition of groups, including HEC, secured the closure of toxic coal ash dumps at the former coal plant at Harding St. in Indianapolis in 2016 (posted on 3/29/18).

Win #3: In our first decade, HEC played a critical role in securing stronger statewide protections of our rivers & lakes, despite considerable special interest opposition (posted on 4/2/18).

Win #4: In 2014, HEC achieved a legal victory on behalf of a Wayne County family whose drinking water well was contaminated and quality of life destroyed for nearly a decade from the constant waste dumping of a factory farm built just 500 feet and upstream of their home (posted on 4/2/18).