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Mass Transit Development

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Posted: February 12, 2019
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The HEC believes expanding mass transit in our metropolitan and rural areas – and connecting our cities with high-speed passenger rail – will provide a wealth of economic and environmental benefits to all Hoosiers.

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Pollution

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The economic costs of fine particle pollution in Indiana exceed five billion dollars each year. Additionally, 60 percent of the ozone pollution in central Indiana is caused by motor vehicles. Cars and trucks also contribute to noise and […]

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Real Transportation Choices

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The Hoosier Environmental Council supports the construction of a multi-modal (rail, transit, auto, walking) and efficient transportation system that gives Hoosiers real transportation choices. Our vision is to see Indiana’s major cities connected by high-speed passenger rail, and […]

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DON’T…

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Posted: February 7, 2019
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Critique: try to avoid partisan debate. Discuss your issue based on the merits of policy. Go off topic: limit your advocacy to a single issue, discussing unrelated issues will not help to strengthen the support of your issue. […]

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DO Write Letters and Follow Up

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Letters are a very effective tool! Organize letter – writing parties with your friends and neighbors—sending letters to legislators and newspaper editors. Check out our sample letters on-line, all that you need to do is fill in the […]

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DO Your Homework

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Read the bill and related information, including policy briefs and talking points prepared by HEC. Seek to understand your legislators and the community interests that may influence them; for example, businesses, local government officials, or civic groups. Don’t […]

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DO Go Local

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Effectiveness is based on geography— legislators are most responsive to their own constituents, and want to hear your opinions as a constituent. Maintain contact with your legislators throughout the year. Best of all, meet with your legislators when […]

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Take Action

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You can get involved in the legislative process by: Contacting your representative and senator on bills of concern and in support of strong environmental programs; Attending “meet your legislator” events or setting up a meeting in the district; […]

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Green Businesses

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Being green goes far beyond recycling cans in the cafeteria and printing double-sided — there is great opportunity for businesses in Indiana to grow in their green initiatives. With the proper education, businesses can adopt practices and institute […]

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Zero Carbon Emissions Energy

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A third policy front where we seek to accelerate the transition from our historic fossil fuel addiction to zero carbon emissions energy lies in influencing the policies of individual investor-owned utilities with respect to their power plants. Utilities […]

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Green Homes

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Posted: February 6, 2019
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Protecting the environment begins at home. Literally. The Hoosier Environmental Council is heavily involved in educating and encouraging builders and homeowners in the construction of “green homes,” residences that are designed to be energy-efficient by employing the latest […]

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PACE Financing Law

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A second major public policy that is missing in Indiana is a “Property Assessed Clean Energy” (PACE) financing law. The term may sound technical, but it refers to the idea of the Indiana General Assembly allowing for cities […]

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Energy Efficiency

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A leading policy strategy would be for Indiana to re-enact an energy efficiency portfolio standard, also called an energy efficiency resource standard (EERS). Indiana had an EERS from 2010 to 2014, thanks to Governor Daniels and the advocacy of […]

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