February 2018

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News from around Indiana 

Downey Avenue Christian Church (Indianapolis, IN) had been awarded the Energy Star Certificate by the EPA!!

A big congratulations to all at Downey Avenue who worked so hard.  

News on Our Staff

Welcome to John Dane our new Executive Director who started in September 2017. John and his wife Lisa recently returned to Indiana after a decade in California where John most recently served as Executive Director for the California Resource Recovery Association, a leading educational and advocacy voice on recycling and climate change issues. 

Welcome to John Dane our new Executive Director who started in September 2017. John and his wife Lisa recently returned to Indiana after a decade in California where John most recently served as Executive Director for the California Resource Recovery Association, a leading educational and advocacy voice on recycling and climate change issues. 

Welcome also to our new Program Manager, Amy Barnes who started in December 2017.  She is a lifelong Hoosier and has been active in her Creation Care Team at St Luke's and also was Creation Care Chairperson for the Indiana United Methodist Conference and has volunteered with numerous environmental organizations.

Together with our Administrative Manager Angie Wiliford and our Advocacy Consultant Mike Oles, and with your support, H-IPL will accomplish wonderful things in Indiana in 2018.  


News from around Indiana 

Downey Avenue Christian Church (Indianapolis, IN) had been awarded the Energy Star Certificate by the EPA!! A big congratulations to all at Downey Avenue who worked so hard.  

Kokomo Creation Care Network

On January 11, 2018

Melissa Widhalm, Operations Manager, Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC) gave an excellent presentation on climate change and what the rainfall and temperature by season are predicted to be in 2050.  PCCRC has tailored this for every county in the state.  If you would be interested in hosting this presentation, email H-IPL

Tri-State Creation Care Conference a Big Success  

Hopes for a New Era was held January 20 at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Evansville. With about 80 in attendance, Dr. Ben Brabson, Climate physicist from Indiana University was the keynote speaker.  The speakers reflected the Evansville H-IPL affiliates' focus on gardening, including a session on bees with Larry from Purdue's Master Gardener program and a break out session on local issues and advocacy with Tom Bogenschutz, the Chair of the Tri-State Creation Network.

Please send your news to HIPL@HoosierIPL.org so we may include it on our website and in the H-IPL newsletter.


Events

February 6  Before the Flood Movie Screening  In partnership with the Earlham Student Sustainability Core and Peace Forum, Bethany's Green Circle is hosting a film screening of Before the Flood Feb. 6th at 6:00 p.m.  In Before the Flood, Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists, and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions. Richmond

February 8  Indiana Forests and Logging: Protecting Indiana Forests   Sandra Messner, Outreach Director for the Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA) will discuss newest science research discussing how trees in a forest communicate and share resources and the effect of climate change on our state forests. Sponsored by  Kokomo Creation Care, an affiliate of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light. Christ Lutheran Church in Kokomo.

February 9   A Plastic Ocean  The documentary, A Plastic Ocean explores the problem of plastic pollution which is growing exponentially every year. We produce more than 300 million tons of plastic, half designed for single use, and each year 8 million tons ends up in our oceans. This film has been screened in over 60 countries and has won 10 Film Festival awards. Sponsored by Indy Green Congregations and Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light. Crown and Cross Lutheran Church in Indianapolis

February 15  Hamilton County Green Congregations  Steering Committee.  All are welcome.  Let us know what your congregation is planning to do in 2018.  St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Carmel.

February 15  Indy Green Congregations Steering Committee  All are welcome. Indy Green Congregations is an affiliate of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light and is composed of congregations of all faiths in the Indianapolis area. Purpose of this meeting:  To re-evaluate the focus and direction of Indy Green Congregations and to learn how we might integrate our actions with H-IPL’s plans. First Congregational United Church of Christ in Indianapolis

February 22  Indiana’s Path to Sustainability  Janet McCabe, assistant director for IU Environmental Resilience Institute and senior law fellow at the Environmental Law & Policy Center, shares her vision of Indiana’s path to sustainability; why we need one; what it might look like; and who will get us there?  As former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air administrator, McCabe played a lead role in shaping the Clean Power Plan. Jesse Kharbanda, Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, will also provide an update on key environmental bills at the Indiana State House this session. Sponsored by Carmel Green Initiative. Carmel Library in Carmel

March 1  Environmentally Responsible Investing for Congregations Workshop  New H-IPL Workshop with Julie Singer with Ramond James Environmentally responsible ways to invest endowment funds and other pools of money.  Sponsored by Indy Green congregations and Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light.  St. Luke's UMC in Indianapolis 

March 3 Green Team Basics: Creation Care 101 If you or anyone in your congregation has ever thought of starting or has recently launched a green team or if your green team needs a boost, this workshop is for you.  Presented by Amy Barnes, Program Manager, Hoosier Interfaith and Light.  Sponsored by Eastside Creation Care Network.  

For details and more events check out the H-IPL Calendar.

Please send your events to HIPL@Hoosieripl.org so we may add them to the calendar.


Legislation

After a deeply disappointing 2017 legislative session for clean energy, the Indiana Statehouse has been relatively quiet for better or for worse in 2018 regarding new legislation. Both good and bad legislation has failed to move forward.  

Pay attention to SB 207.  This bill would prevent homeowners’ associations (HOAs) from banning residential solar panel installations.  SB 207 still alive which would prevent homeowner association from banning solar panels  is  to be voted on by full Senate

Disappointing: HB 1069 not moving forward.  This proposal would have extended net metering opportunities for school systems and municipal governments. 

SB 326 Redistricting Reform:

H-IPL supports this bill because we feel that all Hoosiers should be represented fairly by their legislators.  As those in favor of redistricting say, "Voters should choose their legislators.  Legislators should not choose their voters."  In the past, both parties have taken advantage of redistricting in their favor.  We need a bipartisan bill so that the legislators chosen do not favor either party.  Click here for a more detailed version of the bill from Hoosier Environmental Council.

For details and more on advocacy and legislation check out our Advocacy Page.


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and energy efficiency, as a response to climate change.

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