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Indiana’s Largest Environmental Gathering is Virtual in 2020

Hoosiers of diverse ages and places have been gathering together for twelve consecutive years to be a part of Greening the Statehouse, Indiana’s largest annual gathering of environmental-minded people. It’s a time when you can learn all you need to know to be a high-impact citizen in your community and in the Statehouse for the environment. It’s also a time to make new friends and deepen old friendships with people who share your passion to make Indiana a healthier place, where sustainable technologies, like solar, thrive and where more abundant open spaces come into being.

This year, in the backdrop of the continuing pandemic, Greening the Statehouse, affectionately known as “GTS”, is going virtual. Our conference, primarily on November 21st but also on November 20th, will have an array of engaging, expert panel discussions on environmental justice, climate solutions, rivers and lakes, forest and wetlands, and factory farming. Confirmed speakers include state lawmakers, a city council president, a farmer at the forefront of conservation, and national experts in the emerging “plant-based economy” and in the accelerating renewables-powered economy. Our event will be capstoned by an engaging conversation with a prominent journalist and two refreshingly candid bipartisan lawmakers.

GTS will be using a special conference platform that will allow attendees to engage with panelists, network with people they’ve never met before, reconnect with old friends, and interact with an array of non-profits and green businesses -- all through the power of video chat technology. We hope it will make GTS even more accessible to people across the state.

Get an all-access ticket for GTS 2020 at We look forward to “seeing” you there!

Jesse Kharbanda is the Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana’s leading educator and advocate for the environment. Over his more than twelve years leading HEC, he has sought to help build a “big tent” environmental movement, where people of diverse political, professional, faith, and demographic backgrounds feel welcome, since environmental sustainability and climate action can only be accelerated when we marshal the talents of a truly diverse cross-section of Indiana. His leadership honors include the Hulman Health Public Policy Advocacy Award, Forty Under 40 from the Indianapolis Business Journal, and an honorary doctorate from DePauw University.
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