Here is to Strength, Not Despair: Three Things You Can Do to Help our Environment

Environmental protection was once an issue where people across the political spectrum joined forces.  We're increasingly seeing efforts to make this a wedge issue - that pits one set of Americans against another.

Let's choose a different course - joining together, whatever our background, in protecting of the air, land, and water that is our shared heritage.  

Instead of despair and worry, let us band together to ensure that no Hoosier, rural, suburban, or urban is at risk from contaminated air or water.

Here are three things that you can do today:

1. Give

Your financial support allows us to host workshops, provide assistance to communities hurting from toxic pollution, and to be your voice in the Indiana legislature and Indiana courts.   Giving today is more rewarding than ever, as your donation will be matched one for one, thanks to the generosity of the Efroymson Family Fund and an anonymous, Indiana-based donor!


2. Get Involved

We need caring, hard working, and warm people like you to engage your fellow Hoosiers. Join a volunteer phone bank.  Host a house party.   Write letters to the editor.  Meet with your lawmakers.  Join our next training session and become a part of our  "Environmental Advocates"  Program!


3. Spread the Word

While HEC has the largest social media presence of any environmental advocacy 
group in Indiana, so many Hoosiers don't know who we are.  Spread the word on Facebook or Twitter.  Forward this e-newsletter to a few friends.  Word of mouth is the most powerful means we have to strengthen our collective impact.   If you want to find a powerful way to describe HEC to your family and your friends, look no further than  this wonderful column  by the Indianapolis Star's Matt Tully about HEC.

Wishing you strength, resilience, and hope this holiday season!
Explore Environmental Justice Maps
Y. Wang & J. Smirat. IU Fairbanks School of Public Health. www.Hecap.net
The Hoosier Environmental Council is partnering with researchers at the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health and the Polis Center to develop maps of environmental burdens in Indianapolis and where they overlap with low income and minority neighborhoods.

The first sets of maps are available at the links below:  


If you have questions about this work, please contact us here.
Win a Chance to Receive $50 by Supporting HEC Green Businesses!

HEC encourages you to support those businesses who are good stewards of the environment during the holidays and year-round! Are you buying gifts from one of our HEC Green Businesses this year? Or maybe you'll be shopping for local ingredients for your holiday menu? Or even wrapping gifts in an upcycled NUVO? Tell us about it for a chance to win $50 from The National Bank of Indianapolis and HEC.

Post a photo to Twitter, Instagram and/or on HEC's Facebook page using #HECGreenBiz (and be sure to tag the business) to enter! You may also enter on our Holiday Giveaway page. The contest ends December 18. You can enter as many times as you want!
Help Thank Our HEC Green Businesses

A very merry THANK YOU to our new and renewing HEC Green Businesses. We ho-ho-hope you'll support them during the holidays and throughout 2017!

Sky is the Limit
Inovateus - South Bend
NUVO - Indianapolis
Pita Pit - Downtown Indy and Butler University

emPowering Progress
Rectify Solar - Indianapolis

Get on the Bus
Renewable Energy Systems - Avilla, NE Indiana

Sowing the Seeds
Mark M. Holeman Inc. - Indianapolis
Traders Point Creamery - Zionsville

Keeping Afloat
Foods Alive - Angola

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