Join us for a live panel discussion on Global Warming, Climate Change, and Weather Phenomena. We’ll have presentations from authors/speakers on current climate issues and pollution factors.
Amanda Shepherd is the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter Director. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Geology, with extensive research background in paleoclimatology and paleoceanography. After teaching in public schools for several years, she moved into the corporate sector but then trained with the Climate Reality Project in 2012 and committed her life to addressing the growing environmental crisis. She served as an organizer for Sustainable Indiana 2016, a volunteer for Earth Charter Indiana, and then was hired by the Hoosier Environmental Council, where she served for almost 7 years. A lifelong Hoosier, Amanda is committed to bettering her home state through education, advocacy, and activism and through work that better addresses the interconnected social and environmental justice struggles faced by so many.
Jesse Kharbanda is the Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana’s largest environmental policy organization. Jesse has focused HEC’s initiatives around environmental health & justice, land & water protection, and climate solutions. Jesse has been passionate about expanding the tent of people who care about the environment, and he has been personally involved in forging deeper connections with public health organizations, the business community, and faith-based groups, among other constituencies. Jesse’s leadership honors include being named to the “Forty Under 40″ list by the Indianapolis Business Journal, being recognized as the sole Indianapolis-based community leader in his induction year named to Delta Omega, the national public health honorary, winning the Hulman Health Achievement Award for Public Policy Advocacy, and being awarded with an honorary degree by DePauw University. Jesse has graduate degrees from Oxford University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Chicago.
Gregory Silver is a lawyer in Indiana and D.C., a past chairman of the Hoosier Sierra Club, and Chairperson of the Indianapolis Greenways Commission. His work in the U.S. Congress aided the passage of the DEAM Wilderness Act for Indiana, the Acid Rain Control Act, the Indiana Dunes Expansion Act, the Falls of the Ohio Federal Reserve, plus numerous environmental and economic related laws. A graduate of Shortridge High School, Miami University (although a Butler Bulldog), and Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington. Mr. Silver is a Sagamore of the Wabash and a member of the Shortridge High School Hall of Fame.