Seminar to examine legislature’s potential impact on environment


A new year means another round of legislative updates. Carmel Green Initiative is seeking to educate Carmel residents about decisions being made by the Indiana General Assembly and how those decisions affect Indiana’s environment and approach to agriculture, energy and transportation.


The group will present the Sustainable Living Seminar: 2020 Legislative Updates at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, will provide an overview of environmental-related developments in the 2020 Indiana legislative session and how residents can get involved.

“I’ll be discussing three different areas,” Kharbanda said. “The first is the legislature and how it’s helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the state. The second category is how the legislature is affecting the ability of Indiana to respond to the impacts of climate change. And the final area is solutions to help Indiana reduce its carbon footprint and simultaneously to manage the impact of climate change.”


Jim Grimes of Citizens Climate Lobby will speak about his organization’s mission and the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

“I will be discussing how our climate choices are becoming limited,” Grimes said. “Leading U.S. economists support a carbon tax as an effective free-market approach to reducing emissions. This act outlines several different ideas that I will share with Carmel residents and how they can support the bill.”

Kharbanda said he wants to see new faces at the information session.

“We’ve seen pretty consistent attendees, but I would love to see more people attend,” he said. “I want to relate that these public policies are not only about protecting our environment and addressing climate change, but they’re also policies that would make the state a more attractive place to live.”

Admission is free. For more, visit


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