Hoosier Chapter

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Celebrate Earth Day on April 22


Indianapolis Area 

  • April 22: 
    • Volunteer Day at Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow.
    • Earth in Balance: Indy's Efforts for a Sustainable Future
      • This Earth Day, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) Student Council, in partnership with the Student Sustainability Council (SSC) of IUPUI, is hosting a special event to encourage conversation about the city's agreement with Covanta to combine its waste incinerator operation with a recycling program. Currently, a lawsuit has been filed with the Marion County Superior Court to challenge the $112 million agreement. 
      • IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450
        420 University Blvd, Indianapolis IN 46202
        Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
        7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • April 25: Earth Day Indiana Festival at White River State Park
    • Learn how you can get involved in your local Heartlands Group.  
    • Visit White River State Park 11 AM - 4 PM on Saturday, April 25.  
  • April 26: Jewish Community Center Community Celebration
    • Sunday, April 26, 1 - 4 p.m.
    • The goal of the event is to create positive experiences and memories which will serve as a basis for future responsible behavior and thoughtful decisions by the participants. Each year the overarching theme of the event is "learn by doing".

Central Indiana

  • April 20-25: Saunter Through Theatened Mounds State Park with Heart of the River Naturalists.
    • Heart of the River naturalists will offer guided “slow saunters” in Mounds State Park the week of April 20-25th. 
    • Email info@moundslakereservoir.org for more information.

South Bend

  • April 24: "Threatened", The Endangered Species Show, award ceremony.
  • April 25: Celebrate greening the planet and South Bend.
    • Learn what you can do to make a difference with exhibits, workshops, tree plantings and music.
    • Howard Park at 10 AM - 2 PM on April 25.

Fort Wayne

  • April 26: Eagle Marsh Preserve Earth Day celebration
    • You’ll find booths showcasing the conservation work of local businesses and environmental groups, birds of prey from Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab, presentations on nature topics, interactive nature education stations, children’s activities, and more.
    • More information here.





Donate to the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter



2014 was a banner year for the environment, and the Hoosier Chapter members and supporters like you made it happen: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published rules to regulate carbon pollution for the first time ever, we halted any reductions in protections for threatened species like the gray wolf, and the 179th coal plant was retired making way for cleaner forms of energy like solar, wind, and geothermal. And here at home, after years of dedicated work by local groups and residents, Indianapolis Power and Light is phasing out coal use at its Harding Street plant by 2016.   



We’re going to keep the momentum going in 2015 by working to:

  • Prevent anti-renewable energy legislation

  • Fight for enforcement of environmental regulations

  • Preserve the natural areas of Indiana


Our plan is simple. We’ll continue to: contest ratepayer exploitation from building unnecessary fossil fuel capacity like the costly Edwardsport plant; seek enforcement of regulations to mitigate noise, traffic, and dust issues at the Bear Run Mine; expand our volunteer water-monitoring program; and build relationships with issue allies, businesses, our elected leaders, and government officials.  

We’re going to keep fighting for the future of Indiana. But all this work is going to take resources.

Can we count on you help us raise $20,000 by April 22nd?









Victory Against Proposed Leucadia Plant



After nine long years fighting to stop the proposed Leucadia coal gasification plant in Rockport, Indiana, local activists are celebrating a huge victory. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management canceled the project’s permit on March 5 -- effectively pulling the plug on this expensive and hazardous project. Read more about this victory on the Sierra Club blog The Planet.










Featured Event


Friday, April 24: Sierra Club Chair will present award at "Threatened" The Endangered Species Show.

Steve Francis, Chair of the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club, will present the Hoosier Chapter Sierra Club award to one entry for "Threatened", The Endangered Species Show,
at a reception from 5-9 p.m. on April 24 -- during Earth Day week -- at Fire Arts.  

Fire Arts is located at 305 E. Colfax Avenue in South Bend, Indiana


More upcoming events can be found on the events calendar.













Hoosier Chapter initiates gift card program

We have a new fundraising option that we are now introducing: the Scrip program. This program is a way for you to buy gift cards online and a percentage of the sale goes to the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter. To learn more about the Scrip program visit this page.


Legislative session is underway; get your scorecard here!

All hands are on deck as the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly begins. Our priorities and concerns about the issues we face are detailed on our legislative page. We include a number of articles and commentaries pertinent to these issues. And a first for us: we have prepared a comprehensive scorecard of the 2013-2014 sessions of the General Assembly so you can see how your representatives and senators voted on our priorities in those sessions.

Wild Indiana Campaign needs your support

The Indiana Forest Alliance is proposing the establishment of thirteen Wild Areas across seven state 

forests. In the ongoing fight against unprecedented levels of commercial logging in Indiana’s state forests, this proposal is a strong first step towards restoring a balanced state forest management policy.

 Learn more about the Wild America Campaign and how you can help.


Join the Sierra Club today



Other Information of Interest to Members:


"Accomplishments" published by Chapter
A quick review of some recent accomplishments is available for online review. Click the above link for more information.


"Donor Opportunities" published by Chapter
A summary of options for financial donors is now available for online review. The fact-sheet reviews various funds that prospective donors might consider in contributing to the work of Sierra Club in Indiana. Click the above link for more information.


Why children in southwest Indiana are surrounded by toxins
There are two industries in Rockport, Indiana, that release 30 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the environment. A report considers the serious consequences this has on its residents, particularly children.