Our Impact

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.