While HEC is a statewide organization, we do judiciously get involved in local-level initiatives that we believe have statewide import.
HEC has been actively supportive of the Indianapolis city government’s efforts to foster sustainability, environmental justice, and climate action. For example:
- HEC served as the de facto coalition leader of an effort to build consensus in the environmental community around Thrive, Indianapolis’s climate action plan
- HEC’s previous Executive Director, Jesse Kharbanda, served on the Commission on Environmental Sustainability, and HEC’s Environmental Justice Manager, Paula Brooks, gave an influential presentation to that Commission on environmental justice
- HEC organized a coalition of 20+ organizations to back Prop 190, a proposal to create a first-ever dedicated environmental sustainability committee. Please read this HEC-led coalition letter for seven reasons why creating this Committee is so important! It passed overwhelmingly on a vote of 19 to 6.