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Earth Charter — “Students working with Indiana cities to inventory their greenhouse gas emissions”
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Earth Charter — “Students working with Indiana cities to inventory their greenhouse gas emissions”

This summer as part of the Indiana Sustainability Development Program, Indiana University students are working with several local governments in Indiana to complete community-scale greenhouse gas inventories.

Earth Charter — “Indiana Earth Charter director to speak”
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Earth Charter — “Indiana Earth Charter director to speak”

Jim Poyser, director of Indiana Earth Charter, will be the guest speaker at a presentation hosted by Bartholomew County Indivisible, The Sierra Club and Energy Matters Community Coalition.

JCRC — “Local Jewish leaders applaud synagogue vandal’s prison sentence”
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JCRC — “Local Jewish leaders applaud synagogue vandal’s prison sentence”

“There’s, of course, a certain amount of fear and anger and disappointment,” David Sklar, assistant director of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, said. “The people that perpetrate these types of crimes don’t realize the effect that comes out of these things usually brings communities closer together.”

CHIP — “Homelessness is at a 5-year low in Indy. Here’s why advocates say that’s ‘unacceptable.’”
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CHIP — “Homelessness is at a 5-year low in Indy. Here’s why advocates say that’s ‘unacceptable.’”

“While this is trending in the right direction,” said Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, the coalition’s executive director, “this number is still unacceptable.”

Sierra Club — “Gas Plant Rejection Brings the Energy Transition Home to Indiana”
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Sierra Club — “Gas Plant Rejection Brings the Energy Transition Home to Indiana”

Vectren South wanted to replace baseload coal capacity with a massive gas plant. Regulators told the Indiana utility to consider more options in a fast-moving energy world.

CIC & MIA — “Victims of Sri Lanka attack mourned in 2 Indianapolis services”
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CIC & MIA — “Victims of Sri Lanka attack mourned in 2 Indianapolis services”

WTHR was at interfaith vigil for victims in Sri Lanka, and give a flavor of what you may have missed.

H-IPL, Earth Charter — “Indy to Unveil Solar Co-op”
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H-IPL, Earth Charter — “Indy to Unveil Solar Co-op”

Other community partners include Solarize Indianapolis, Citizens Action Coalition, Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light and Earth Charter Indiana. Solar United Neighbors has helped support nearly 200 solar so-ops throughout the United States.

Sierra Club — “Out-of-state coal interests are funding a battle to keep Indiana coal plants from closing”
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Sierra Club — “Out-of-state coal interests are funding a battle to keep Indiana coal plants from closing”

“Suffering a major blow at the federal level, with the election of Donald Trump, it comes as no surprise that many anti-coal groups, like the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, have shifted major resources toward state and local initiative.”

Sierra Club — “Indiana House defeats proposed moratorium on new power plants”
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Sierra Club — “Indiana House defeats proposed moratorium on new power plants”

In recent days, groups as diverse as the Indiana Energy Association, Hoosier Environmental Council, the Sierra Club and Citizens Action Coalition protested a moratorium, saying it could delay investments in clean energy and prompt energy companies to build in other states without similar restrictions.

Sierra Club — “Holcomb Urged to Veto Anti-Protest Bill”
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Sierra Club — “Holcomb Urged to Veto Anti-Protest Bill”

Similar legislation has failed in many other states and has been vetoed by the governors of Wyoming and Minnesota. The ACLU of Indiana, Citizens Action Coalition, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Sierra Club are among the groups that sent a letter to Gov. Holcomb requesting he veto the bill.