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:

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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

“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

Greening the Statehouse
Saturday, November 19, 2016 HEC_logo
9 a.m. to 4 p.m
Boone County Fairgrounds

Join us at the Hoosier Environmental Council's 9th annual Greening the Statehouse Forum to learn about key environmental issues facing Indiana, such as water pollution, environmental justice, clean energy and sustainable agriculture.

Keynote Speaker: Melissa Mays, one of the most prominent advocates for clean water in the midst of the Flint Michigan water crisis.

Jesse Kharbanda, Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, oversees HEC’s strategic and program development, legislative initiatives, operations, and fundraising. Kharbanda has spearheaded focusing HEC’s efforts on three core initiatives: clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and 21st century transportation systems. Kharbanda has been named to the "Forty Under 40" list by the Indianapolis Business Journal, a "Rising Star" by the Indianapolis Star, and was the sole Indianapolis-based community leader named to Delta Omega, the national public health honorary, in 2010. Kharbanda has a M.A. in economics from Oxford University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Click here to learn more and register!


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