Hoosier Chapter

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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.


Will you give them the tools they need to keep defending Indiana's environment?









Local Group News

Monday, October 5, 6:30 pm - Candidates Forum for Columbus City Council

Winding Waters Group and Energy Matters Community Coalition  are hosting a Columbus City Council Candidate Forum Candidates will be answering pre-screened questions as well as questions from the audience.
Location - Red Room, Bartholomew County Library.

Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 pm - General Meeting - Bat Research by Georgia Auteri

Georgia Auteri will present on bats in our environment.  Georgia is currently a Staff Scientist with Civil and Environmental Consultants. She will soon receive her M.S. in Biology from Eastern Michigan University (where she conducted research on bat migration).  She received her B.S. from Indiana University, with a focus in Environmental Management.
Location - Red Room, Bartholomew County Library.


Upcoming Events: Lick Creek Trail Outing

Deam Hike

Saturday, October 24
Sierra Club member Steven Higgs will lead a hike to the Lick Creek Settlement in the Hoosier National Forest, the site of an early-19th century African American settlement in Orange County.  Monroe County Naturalist Cathy Meyer will be a special guest on this hike.

For more information and to RSVP, contact outing leader Steven Higgs.


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

If all goes according to schedule, the huge power plant on Indianapolis' Southside will burn its last load of coal next spring. The move represents a major victory for anti-coal activists, who call the plant a major polluter and health hazard. Read more about this victory at the Indy Star.






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.


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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.