Water and environment center stage Saturday


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.

Keynote speaker

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

affected communities.

Other speakers will include Maggie Kirkpatrick of Building

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.


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