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Earth Charter — Indianapolis teens learn about trauma recovery, urban farming from bees and butterflies
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Earth Charter — Indianapolis teens learn about trauma recovery, urban farming from bees and butterflies

“(The pollinator count) will reinforce ideas that we are faced with many challenges regarding the natural world and our interaction with it,” said Jim Poyser, executive director of Earth Charter Indiana. “But especially in the pollinator area of concern, there are lots of solutions literally at our fingertips.”

Earth Charter — Mayor Affirms City Commitment to Sustainability
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Earth Charter — Mayor Affirms City Commitment to Sustainability

“I’m glad that he came to speak. He’s been very supportive throughout all of this. And I think that it’s great that he supports the youth of the community, and this cause,” adds Ella, age 12, a participant in the march.

Earth Charter — Not just Starbucks and McDonald’s: Indianapolis restaurants are ditching plastic straws
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Earth Charter — Not just Starbucks and McDonald’s: Indianapolis restaurants are ditching plastic straws

“I was in a restaurant looking at a sea of straws sticking out of glasses,” said Poyser, executive director of Earth Charter Indiana. Then he thought of a pun that just tickled him — a straw bale not made out of stalks of grain but the non-biodegradable, plastic tubes we get with every drink.

CHIP — New plan to address homelessness in Indianapolis unveiled
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CHIP — New plan to address homelessness in Indianapolis unveiled

The new plan also identifies four special populations that have the highest rates of homelessness – chronically homeless, veterans, youth and families. Stakeholders have assessed the best ways to assist each of these groups.

Overdose Lifeline — Carmel Church Adopts New Initiative Combating Opioids
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Overdose Lifeline — Carmel Church Adopts New Initiative Combating Opioids

Volunteers from Overdose Lifeline will lead both educational and emotional support sessions. Zehr says his parish, Carmel Christian Church, is the first PAL group in Hamilton County and others are considering similar programs. He says the opioid crisis is everyone’s issue.

Sierra Club — IPL Looked Up The Bills Of Opponents To Latest Rate Case
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Sierra Club — IPL Looked Up The Bills Of Opponents To Latest Rate Case

"IPL Looked Up The Bills Of Opponents To Latest Rate Case," WFYI, Rebecca Thiele, July 16 2018. Indianapolis Power & Light analyzed bills of customers that spoke out against its more than…

Overdose Lifeline — New initiative arms local churches with tools to help in opioid epidemic
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Overdose Lifeline — New initiative arms local churches with tools to help in opioid epidemic

"New initiative arms local churches with tools to help in opioid epidemic," WRTV, Ericka Flye, July 13 2018. INDIANAPOLIS — A new initiative aims to arm local churches with the knowledge and…

Overdose-Lifeline — Bacon, Blues & Brew fest here Saturday
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Overdose-Lifeline — Bacon, Blues & Brew fest here Saturday

A portion of proceeds will support the nonprofit Overdose Lifeline [which] is dedicated to helping individuals, families and communities affected by the disease of addiction/substance use disorder through advocacy, education, harm reduction, prevention, resources and support.

MAI — Advocates: Travel ban opponents say public must raise its voice
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MAI — Advocates: Travel ban opponents say public must raise its voice

"Advocates: Travel ban opponents say public must raise its voice," The Indiana Lawyer, July 11, 2018 Marilyn Odendahl. With the U.S. Supreme Court upholding President Donald Trump’s travel ban, the ACLU of Indiana…

Sierra Club — Indiana To Update Energy Efficiency, Safety Rules For New Homes
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Sierra Club — Indiana To Update Energy Efficiency, Safety Rules For New Homes

Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club hopes proposed updates to the Residential Code will reduce pollution and save people money. The chapter’s energy efficiency organizer Monica Cannaley says the new draft of the code requires builders to put more insulation in new homes, use an energy rating index, and test for air leaks.