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HEC to recognize Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard with ‘Elected Official of the Year’ award during Nov. 14 Green Policy Forum

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The Hoosier Environmental Council will recognize Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard as its “Elected Official of the Year” during its Second Annual Green Policy Forum this Saturday, Nov. 14, in Indianapolis.

Jim Brainard, the first four-term mayor of Carmel, Ind., has implemented numerous environmental initiatives for the city. He has encouraged the construction of roundabouts in place of traditional signaled intersections, which reduces vehicle emissions. He has signed executive orders mandating the use of hybrid or flex-fuel vehicles for city operations when available and recently enacted a “No Idling” policy for city employees.

Brainard also encouraged the city’s Utilities Department to develop the technology to use recaptured methane gas to power its wastewater treatment facility as well as repurpose its biosolid waste into high quality fertilizer (topsoil), eliminating the need for its transport to and disposal in a landfill. In addition, he has initiated testing the feasibility of utilizing wind energy as a future power source for the plant.

“What Mayor Brainard has been doing on behalf of the environment and health of his citizens is impressive,” said Jesse Kharbanda, HEC’s executive director. “Even more so, when you consider that Carmel is one of the fastest growing communities in the nation.

“The mayor’s work proves that you can focus your attention on cleaning up the environment and bringing economic opportunities to the area at the same,” Kharbanda added.

The Nov. 14 Green Policy Forum will feature presentations on HEC’s legislative priorities for the 2010 session of the Indiana General Assembly, which include: clean energy; public transit; forestry protection; and sustainable agriculture. It will also offer participants the opportunity to learn about effective citizen engagement and the legislative process.

Held at Marian University in Indianapolis from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the forum will also feature a showing of the winning entries in the HEC’s first-ever “Green Energy NOW!” video contest. New HEC board members will be announced, as well.

The Second Annual Green Policy Forum is open to the public; however, attendees are encouraged to register in advance at www.hecweb.org. The registration fee is $10 per person, which includes lunch. Students with a valid student ID can attend at a discounted rate of $5.

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The Hoosier Environmental Council is Indiana’s leading educator and advocate for environmental issues and policies. HEC works to raise awareness and stimulate discussion about environmental issues in Indiana – and ultimately help change laws, create jobs, protect and improve the environment, and make Indiana a healthier, better place to live and do business. Find out more at www.hecweb.org.

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Lara Beck (317) 727-0016
Tina Noel (317) 709-3103

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