In The News
Start off 2014 with a hike!
Jump into the new year with both feet at the Indiana Dunes. Join the Chicago Sierra Club Group for a 5 to 6 mile hike. This is a great hike for both those new to being out in nature and the more experienced. The Indiana Dunes is an important natural area and is know as the “birthplace of ecology.” To learn more see this page.
Heartlands Sierra Club Group takes to the trails
The newly reorganized Indianapolis area Sierra Club group called "Heartlands" had their inaugural event in late October with a pitch-in lunch and trail clean-up at the city's beautiful Eagle Creek Park. The Heartlands Group is in the process of forming committees, including conservation, political/legislative, program, communications/PR, membership, fundraising, and, outings. All are encouraged to participate in one or more committees. Even if you are unable to serve on a Heartlands committee, please sign up to get on our e-mail list. To participate, email Heartlands here.
Hoosier lawmakers study prospects for nuclear power here
Could Indiana lead the way to a second generation of nuclear power after being the only Midwest state to skip the first wave? Grant Smith, of Indiana's Sierra Club chapter, urged lawmakers to take extreme caution in embracing nuclear power, noting that citizen protests and cost overruns doomed previous attempts. "The history of nuclear power is government subsidies, and a lot of subsidies," Smith said. He noted that during the decade or more needed for federal and state approval of a nuclear power plant, technological advances in solar and wind power likely will permit those forms of electricity, which also produce no nuclear waste, to operate subsidy-free. Read about the recent hearing in the NW Indiana Times. In addition, see Grant Smith's presentation here.
Sierra Club & partners score another win for Indiana Water
The State of Indiana failed to comply with the Clean Water Act by allowing the Bear Run coal mine in Sullivan County to discharge toxic water pollution without first determining that local waterways would not be degraded, an environmental law judge has ruled. Read more here.
The August issue of Indiana Living Green magazine includes an interview with Denise Abdul-Rahman, in which she discusses how environmental issues impact communities of color. Take a look!
Chapter Opposes Proposal for Mounds Lake
In July, the Hoosier Chapter Executive Committee adopted a statement of opposition to the proposed Mounds Lake reservoir in the Anderson area. The proposal seeks to dam the beautiful White River, flooding thousands of acres. See our statement on this page.
Sierrans Begin Water Monitoring in Central Indiana
We are looking for volunteers who will collect and analyze water samples on at least a monthly basis. Learn more on our Protecting Indiana's Waters page.
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.