Tough choices this weekend for people interested in Indiana's environment. The Hoosier Environmental Council's Greening the Statehouse forum and the Indiana Global Water Summit will both commence Saturday.
HEC's fourth annual forum will feature environmental experts expounding on mass transit, water pollution and clean energy policy issues.
Jim Motavalli, former editor of E magazine, will address mass transit solutions, green car technology and its possible impact on the Indiana auto manufacturing industry. Several panel topics include a discussion on mass transit plans for Indianapolis, and an area water quality update from the Indiana Wildlife Federation. Later, "The Green Elephant in the Room" portion will bring green-minded Republicans to the stage. Presenters will address environmental legislation for 2012, with specific focus on the Indiana General Assembly.
Presenters at the first annual Indiana Global Water Summit come
from different areas of expertise, but the group of teachers and sustainability
experts all offer innovative solutions for the global water crisis. They'll share their proposals with the community during a full day of
presentations at the Christian Theological Seminary.
The day will include six breakout sessions, where presenters
will address everything from sustainable project development to new water
purification systems. The event will direct its attention towards
the half-billion people worldwide that live without access to clean water.
Brandon Pitcher will present his ideas for globalized water system development,
but his expertise has a local focus as well. His current
work with 5 Kingdoms Development, LLC helps midwestern communities integrate
sustainable systems into their infrastructure. In 2010, he was Indiana
Green Business' Awards "Green Entrepreneur of the Year," and was recognized
by Sen. Lugar's office this year for his commitment to sustainability education
and social entrepreneurship.
Fellow speaker Michael Bayer has brought his ideas for clean
water development to the classroom in Berne, In. Recently named Indiana
Science Teacher of the Year for his work at South Adams High School, Bayer aids
his science students in creating new water purification and filtration
systems for use in developing areas. His students will soon travel to Haiti to install their new systems in
Other speakers will include Maggie Kirkpatrick of Building Tomorrow, Inc.
Tomorrow, Inc., who'll discuss sustainable project development; and Bill Farrar, founder of
Fountains of Hope, who'll address new water purification and filtration
The Indiana Global Water Summit is free, with lunch provided at no cost. For info an online registration, visit the Indiana Water Summit's Facebook page.