2012 Mass Transit Bill

Advocating for public transit is one of Carmel Green Initiative's top priorities. Carmel Green Initiative joined a broad coalition in support of  regional mass transit including these organizations:


2012 Legislative Session

During the 2012 Legislative Session, your state representatives had an
opportunity to approve a local funding source, referenda process and governing
structure for a regional transit plan.  Had it been adopted, county officials could
have decided in May  whether to put a referendum on local ballots. There
was hope that some counties could have voted on this issue as early as
November 2012. These hopes were dashed over the right-to-work controversy.

House Ways & Means Chairman Jeff Espich filed HB 1073 which outlined a
proposal to authorize transit funding referenda and offered a beginning for a
referenda to dedicate funding for transit.

HB 1073 reflected many of the objectives and tools of the coalition. It provided
a method for citizens to express their support for transit funding through a
referendum. It included Local Home Rule allowing local government to make
decisions in the best interest of the people it serves. It also included a method to
partially fund mass transit through the flexibility to increase a local option
income tax to become a dedicated funding source.

And it also included controversial right-to-work language.

"Just one day after the future of the bill looked dim, the legislation picked up a key
and perhaps unlikely supporter. Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel, [author of the right-
to-work legislation,] asked to take out language that Democrats see as a poison
pill for workers." Read Indy Star article

HB 1073 received a hearing in the Ways and Means Committee on January
26th and was defeated 10-11because the controversial labor language
remained in the bill.  Read Indy Star article.

The coalition is now focused on 2013. Read letter by Central Indiana Transit
Task Force co-chairs Al Hubbard, E&A Industries; John Neighbours,
Faegre Baker Daniels; Robert Palmer, FedEx; Task Force founding
members Mark Miles, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership; Scott
Miller, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce; and Steve Sullivan,
Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors.


WFYI Indiana Lawmakers: Mass Transit Legislation
February 17, 2012
Indiana Lawmakers with Jon Schwantes, discusses why Mass Transit legislation proposed in this session of the General Assembly failed, and what happens next with guests: Sen. Jim Merrit, Rep. Terry Austin, Hamilton County Commissioner Christine Altman, and Mike Biberstine, Director, Public Policy, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. Listen to podcast.


Our View: We won't give up quest for mass transit
February 9, 2012
Letter to the Editor, Indy Star, Read article

Transit bill dies in Indiana House committee
January 26, 2012
Chris Sikich, Indy Star, Read article

Transit bill picks up new steam after lawmaker seeks to drop right-to-work language
January 25, 2012
Chris Sikich, Indy Star, Read article

First phase of mass transit work could begin next year
January 17, 2012
Kevin Kane, Current in Carmel  Read more

Carmel Chamber Luncheon
January 13, 2012
Ron Gifford, executive director of the Central Indiana Transit Task Force,
provided an overview of mass transit plans for the region.

Governor Daniels wants to let residents vote on mass transit plan
Posted December 17, 2011
According to the Indy Star, Daniels said he was not weighing in on the merits
of the plan nor the taxes, but said voters should decide this one for themselves.
Read more.

Carmel Mayor endorses plan for Public Transit
Posted December 15, 2011
Mayor Brainard joins Indianpolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Hamilton County
Commissioner Christine Altman and others in support of public transit for
Marion and Hamilton Counties.  Read more

Get on the mass transit bandwagon Read more

Englewood Christian Church Workshop Public Transit
Notes By Jodi Perras, Green Congregations Program Chair
Posted November 21, 2011
Speakers Kim Irwin, Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit and Ehren
Bingaman, Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority provided an

overview of a regional tranportation plan:
  • Jobs – 60% of transit trips in Indiana are work-related
  • Saves gas money
  • Makes commute time more productive
  • Improves air quality
  • Reduces risk of accidents
  • Promotes improved health outcomes
  • Backbone of sustainable communities
  • Transportation issues are not Roads vs Transit. We need both, and need funding for both
  • IndyGo is not poorly run, and in fact, they do supurbly at 'doing more with less."  IndyGo is severly under-funded.

Indy Chamber hosts mass transit reception for Lawmakers
August 2011
The Chamber wanted to continue the education process on the benefits of
mass transit, and show those interested in transit, elected officials and business
leaders some of the potential machines that would be available with an
improved system.  Read more


1) Vote YES to public transit on Senator Kenley's online survey.

2) Adopt a Resolution Have your organization, business or congregation, adopt a
resolution in support of legislation that would enable referenda addressing local
transit funding. See Sample Resolution

3) Sign the Petition in favor of dedicated funding for transit.

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5) You may also indicate your preferences on the green policy survey.

6) Raise Your Voice - Contact you legislator to share your thoughts on public
transit. See Bill Status above.


As you may know, Indiana has new districts. During the transition, please note
1) The HOUSE is still operating under the OLD DISTRICTS. Because they have  2-year terms,
they will switch AFTER THE GENERAL ELECTIONS in November of 2012.
2) The SENATE, on the other hand, has switched to the NEW DISTRICTS NOW
since they have 4-year terms.
Please go to the General Assembly Look-up Service to find your legislators.






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Annual Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Carmel Clay Public Library
55 4th Avenue Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 571-4281


Phosphorus-Free Lawns

Indy Star: Phosphorus blamed for algae blooms in Geist, Eagle Creek reservoirs
In August 2011, state officials found high levels of blue-green algae at eight of 13 public swimming beaches sampled, including Potato Creek State Park, Chain O'Lakes State Park and Raccoon State Recreation Area. Sampling by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis also found high levels of the algae, also known as cyanobacteria, in Geist, Morse, Eagle Creek and Patoka reservoirs.Indiana took action to reduce phosphorus in laundry detergent in 1972 and dish soap in 2008. The Indiana Conservation Alliance, ... had made passage of the bill [HB1032 Restrictions on fertilizer containing phosphorus] a priority, but the divisive "right to work" legislation caused delays that could make it difficult for the bill to be heard, Arqawi told The Muncie Star Press. - January 30, 2012

To learn more about this issue, visit INCA online presentation:
Restricting Phosphorous in Lawn Fertilizers

To learn about the state of Indiana Lakes, go to Nutrient Criteria Rulemaking for Indiana’s Lakes [PDF]
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2011 Legislative Session
Update from Indiana Wildlife Federaton
January 25, 2011

A bill restricting phosphorus use in lawn fertilizer was introduced in the House by Representative Dick Dodge and Representative Nancy Dembowski. Senator Beverly Gard will be the Senate sponsor after the bill clears the House.

HB 1425 -- Restrictions on fertilizer containing phosphorus. If you wish to receive email updates on this bill, please indicate on the green policy survey..

Before fertilizing your lawn, consider Indiana’s streams and lakes. Phosphorus should only be used on newly established lawns or those deficient in phosphorus as determined by a soil test.

Phosphorus, a nutrient plants use to develop a strong root system and store energy, can be a nuisance in excess quantities. Described as cultural eutrophication, too much phosphorus causes undesired algal blooms and oxygen depletion disrupting the ecosystems in lakes and streams. There are several pathways by which phosphorus enters Indiana water including urban storm water, sewage treatment plants, and agricultural run-off, but the easiest to address is residential storm water run-off containing phosphorus from lawn fertilizer.

Most lawns in Indiana do not require yearly phosphorus applications because they are currently saturated with the nutrient.  Unused phosphorus leaves lawns and travels into rivers, streams, and lakes causing algae growth. Algae deprive native aquatic species of oxygen, food, and sunlight. By managing nutrient use, we can restore Indiana’s biodiversity in aquatic habitats and improve water quality.

The Indiana Wildlife Federation’s Phosphorus-free Lawn Fertilizer Campaign has gained strong momentum. IWF has held meetings with, and received input from, the following groups: The professional lawn fertilizer association, the Indiana Corn and Soybean Growers, Engledow, Farm Bureau, IDEM, NRCS, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, and State Chemist. A bill restricting phosphorus use in lawn fertilizer will be introduced in Indiana’s House by Representatives Dick Dodge and Nancy Dembowski and sponsored in the Senate by Senator Beverly Gard.

Already, a positive change in the consumer market has begun with Scotts, which is making major strides in becoming the lawn care expert by advising consumers to incorporate sustainable lawn maintenance practices. By 2012, their Turf Builder line will be phosphorus-free, and they will continue to offer a low phosphorus lawn starter fertilizer.

Besides the increased availability of phosphorus-free lawn fertilizer, more professional applicators such as Tru-Green and Engledow Group use phosphorus-free fertilizer. The Office of State Chemist at Purdue is developing a new 3B license program for professional applicators. In addition to pesticide regulations, the license program will include proper fertilizer use education and training. The State Chemist’s jurisdiction is limited to fertilizer applicators for hire.  This legislation applies to all property owners and restricts use to phosphorus-free fertilizer for lawn maintenance. Exceptions will be granted for establishing new turf lawns and when a soil test indicates low phosphorus in a lawn.  Agricultural land and garden food production are exempt from the policy.

Thursday, September 29
6:30 p.m.
Carmel Clay Public Library
55 4th Avenue Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 571-4281
Please RSVP by Sept. 26
We're delighted to partner with the Carmel Clay Public Library for community education on recycling. Please join us for the screening of the short film, Trashed, and learn about the City’s new trash and recycling program. Following the screening, you’ll also learn about other green initiatives and how you can make a positive difference this year at a brief CGI Annual Meeting.

Clean Energy Low Interest Loans
Making Renewable Energy More Affordable
Updated January 27, 2011

Property Assessed Clean Energy bonds make investments on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects more affordable through low interest 20-year loans which are easily offset by immediate savings on energy costs.  The loan is tied to the building, so future owners who benefit from the energy savings take on the bond payments.  With ever increasing energy costs, a fixed bond payment over 20 years becomes quite manageable. Read more at the Hoosier Environmental Council.

Two bills have been introduced:

If you wish to receive email updates on these bills, please indicate  on the green policy survey.


International Negotiations
International Climate Negotiations, Paris, France
December 2015
Opening Remarks
Final Agreement
  • Dec 12 Draft  L9 - pdf
  • Investor & Business Coalition supports strong action
  • Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition
  • Climate Action Network cautionsly supports final draft
  • Draft Formally Accepted
  • South Africa: much work ahead; Nicaragua: agreement is not strong enough; Switzerland: historic, ambitious, flexible and fair; European Union: we must translate this agreement to action; Turkey: Turkish parliment will struggle to adopt this agreement; U.S.: we are all winners in this agreement; India: this agreement marks a new begining where commetments are fullfilled; St. Lucia: agreement is resounding triumph of multilateralism 1.5 to stay alive; Venezuela: gratitude to Pope Francis; Ban Ki-Moon: in face of unprecedented challenge, world has demonstrated unprecended leadership, current level of ambition is the floor, not the ceiling; African Group: This is a historical agreement; Equador: look to a future without fossil fuels; Singapore: This is an earth-shaken moment; Maldives: no one is immune from climate change; Philippines: Paris has given us 1.5 to thrive and survive; Columbia and the Latin American and Caribbean countries: This agreement was built by all of us and rises above the differences; Marshall Island: message for the world that we are all working together for a safe climate future; Panama and the Tropical Forest Coalition: this agreement guides the destiny of future generations and for the first time recognizes the world's tropical forests; Chili: we can not win without keeping fossil fuel in the ground; Bahamas: the issue of loss and damages is important to our nation, the focus is now implementation; Nigeria: with this agreement, the world stands in a better place; Samoa: this agreement is a partnership for life of the planet; Mexico: this agreement initiates a low carbon economy; Sierra Leon: we now have the audacity of hope; Bangladesh: more work needs to be done in implementation.
  • Climate Activitists Protest Outcome in Paris



International Climate Negotiations, Doha, Qatar
December 2012
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
World's Nations face "climate cliff"
Successes at Doha
Phillippines Negotiator Delivers Emotional Plea for Climate Change
Youth calls for immediate action

International Climate Negotiations, Durban, South Africa

December 2011
Climate talks yield limited agreement
Familiar standoff between U.S. and China
Youth calls for immediate action



Restoring Indiana to Central Time

Posted February 2012

It's 6:45 a.m. on a weekday.  Are your kids safe?  See Public Service Announcement

Being in the wrong time zone puts Hoosiers out of sync with daylight and  our school children in danger.

When you look at the time zone map you can clearly see that Indiana belongs on Central Time.

Because we are on Eastern Time, the wrong time zone, Indianapolis has only 120 days a year of sunrise before 7 a.m. compared to 272 days in Chicago and 290 days in New York.

This means that for most of the school year, Hoosier children go to school in the dark.

Eastern Time's abnormal amount of morning darkness is unsafe for Indiana's 1.35 million school children as they wait at a dark bus stop or walk to school along dark streets. View list of crimes against students

We could easily create a safer environment for our kids by restoring Indiana to its geographically correct time zone and it wouldn’t cost a thing.

By switching to Central Time, Hoosiers would enjoy 315 days of sunrise before 7 a.m.  Our children would not have to walk, ride a bike or wait for a bus in the dark.

  • More conducive for improved mental and athletic performance.  Learn about the connection between healthy circadian rhythms and mental and athletic performance.

The Central Time Coalition is advocating for restoring Indiana to its geographically correct time zone and favors having Central Standard Time in the winter and Central Daylight Savings Time in the summer. That would put Indiana on the same time as Chicago.

For more information, visit

What's green about Central Time?

It turns out being in the wrong time zone increases electricity demand in Indiana. According to a report published in 2008 by University of California-Santa Barbara economics professor Matthew Kotchen and Ph.D. student Laura Grant, Indiana's switch to EDST increased electricity bills to Indiana households by an estimated $8.6 million per year.  The study also estimates social costs of increased pollution emissions that range from $1.6 to $5.3 million per year. Eastern Daylight Savings Time increases residential electricity demand in Indiana because the reduced demand for lighting during Daylight Savings is offset by an increased demand for heating and cooling.  Read Wallstreet Journal article. Read: Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? A Natural Experiment in Indiana.

According to Sue Dillon, president of the Central Time Coalition, “the important [green] implication of this report is that, because Indiana is in the wrong time zone, we have the equivalent of Central Daylight Savings 4 months of the year and double Central Daylight Saving Time for 8 months per year.  If a switch from EST to EDST in 2006 increased energy usage as much as it did then, think how much energy would be saved if we were to go back to our correct Central Time Zone year round.”


The resolution would petition the U.S.Department of Transportation to hold hearings on the placement of the entire state of Indiana in the Central Time Zone. The resolution introduced last year in the 2011 Legislative Session was never heard.

Concurrent resolutions will be introduced again in the 2012 Indiana Legislative Session. Senator Mike Delph (Rep) will be the main sponsor in the Senate with Senator Lindel Hume (Dem.) as the co-sponsor.   Rep Jeffrey Thompson (Rep.) will be the main sponsor of the House resolution.  As soon as the resolution is introduced in the House or Senate, legislators can sign as supporters - the more, the better.

  • SCR 0009 -- Petitioning USDOT to place Indiana in Central time zone.
  • HCR 0006 -- Urging USDOT to hold hearings on placing Indiana in Central time zone.



Share with legislators:
Please contact your senator and representative – tell them that you are one of their constituents,  that you strongly support Central Time for Indiana and ask them if they will be willing to sign on as a supporter of Central Time legislation.  Go to to learn how to contact your legislators.  Be sure to attach the Central Time brochure to your email.
The Central Time Coalition is also organizing six  (6) Mondays to be at the State House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to pass out brochures and CT buttons.  Mon. Jan. 9, Mon. Jan. 23, Mon. Jan. 30,  Mon. Feb. 6, Mon. Feb. 13, Mon. Feb. 27.  If you can help, please contact Sue Dillon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Share with fellow parents, local businesses, and our School Board:
Help educate the community about the negative impacts of being in the wrong time zone and all the benefits of restoring Indiana to Central Time. Include a link to the Central Time Brochure by copying and pasting to your email.

If you would like to receive updates on this legislation, please contact Leslie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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“WALBICUS” to Worship Weekend

Weekend, October 29-31, 2010

People of faith will leave cars at home and walk, bike, carpool, or take the bus to worship Oct. 29-31 during the second “WALBICUS to Worship” weekend in the Indianapolis area.

What is WALBICUS? It means WALking, BIking, Carpooling or taking the bUS instead of driving alone in a car.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if Americans left their cars at home just two days a week each person could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year.

The event is sponsored by Indianapolis Green Congregations, an interfaith network that supports the formation of Earth-care ministries in Central Indiana faith communities.

Congregations of every faith are encouraged to ask their members to find ways to use less fuel during their travel to worship services, whether by walking, biking, carpooling, or taking a bus. This event not only helps reduce consumption of gas and oil; it also unifies people of faith toward the common goal of caring for creation.

Information and support materials for congregations who want to participate in WALBICUS to Worship can be found at

For more information, contact Jodi Perras at 317-677-4760 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sign up today! If your congregation plans to participate, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Source:   Indianapolis Green Congregations

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