Save the Date: We're All In this December
The Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter is participating in All Indiana, a 24-hour online day of giving across the state of Indiana. Make a tax-deductible contribution to the Sierra Club anytime between 7:30 PM and 7:30 PM on Wednesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 10 to support our Protecting Indiana's Waters program.
Follow this link for more information and to contribute.
Upcoming Group Events: Winding Waters/Columbus
2016 Legislative Preview
Wednesday, December 2 | 6:30 PM
Barholomew County Library, 536 5th Street, Columbus, IN | Meeting Room 3
We are expecting utility companies to intensify their attacks on Hoosiers in 2016 by proposing to add large monthly charges for electric customers, and we’ll need to be ready. In communities across Indiana, concerned citizens are coming together for 2016 Legislative Preview Meetings hosted by Indiana’s Beyond Coal to Clean Energy campaign. Click here to join a Legislative Preview near you.
Columbus location - Bartholomew County Library, Meeting Room 3.
2015 Celebration of the Season Party
Saturday, December 12 | 6 PM
Bring a dish to share, beverages provided, fun party games (no gift exchange).
Hike at Brown County State Park
Sunday, December 13 | 2 PM
Meet at the Upper Shelter house, up the hill from the swimming pool and the North Entrance, for a moderate 2.5 mile hike. Following the hike, we will reconvene at the Big Woods Brew Pub in Nashville for libations and socializing.
The Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter remembers Mark St. John
Mark St. John, a longtime lobbyist on social service issues at the Indiana Statehouse, died Sunday, October 18 at his home.
St. John was a well-known fixture at the capitol, where he advocated on behalf of social service providers, gay rights organizations, environmental groups and labor unions. Read the full remembrance of Mark at the Indy Star and learn more about Mark's work with the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter here.
Announcing the Glenn and Susan Pratt Protecting Indiana's Waters Endowment
In honor of long-time chapter members and environmental activists Glenn and Susan Pratt, the chapter has established a special "Protecting Indiana's Waters" Endowment. The endowment pays for water-testing supplies and training for the volunteers in our expanding Water Sentinels program. These volunteers spend their free time as citizen scientists. They test local streams, rivers, and lakes to identify unchecked industrial pollution.
Maumee Water Sentinels Team Building Event Sunday, October 11
On Sunday, October 11, the Maumee Water Sentinels held a team-building event on the St. Marys River in Fort Wayne just above its confluence with the St. Joseph. Together these two rivers become the Maumee, which flows to Lake Erie. Under the guidance of Maumee Champion Sarah Loshe, volunteers tie-dyed shirts with the Maumee TributaryTrailblazers logo, while enjoying a picnic lunch. Some participants also went out in canoes to enjoy the lovely fall afternoon and pick up a little litter along the banks. Special thanks go to the Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot who helped us host the event.
Want to learn how you can get involved? Contact Bowden Quinn for more information.
More upcoming events can be found on the events calendar.
Companies Upstream of Louisville Seek Exemptions from Mercury Pollution Rules
More than 24.1 million pounds of chemicals were sent into the Ohio in 2013, more than double the amount in the next-highest polluted waterway, the Mississippi River. Against this backdrop, an eight-state agency that monitors the river's water quality is weighing changes to rules meant to curb discharges of the potentially hazardous substance. Read the full story here.
Kicking the Coal Habit at IPL's Harding Street Station
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.
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.