INDIANAPOLIS—Advocates from across Indiana gathered at the Statehouse Tuesday to urge legislators and policymakers to eliminate the state’s carbon footprint by 2030.

The second annual Renewable Energy Day brought together groups including Citizens Action Coalition, Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana Beyond Coal and Solarize Indiana to call for policies that promote renewable energy.

Dori Chandler, public policy director for Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, said that she knows that state can achieve that goal with proper support.

“We are asking our leaders today at the Indiana Legislature to support policies that will benefit our economy, make our congregations and schools more fiscally responsible and sound, and communities more resilient,” Chandler said.

Rep. Matt Pierce, D-Bloomington, said that despite frustrations in the General Assembly they are actually making progress from when he joined the legislature in 2002. He also says that the utility companies that previously held opposing views now are coming around to the idea of renewable energy.

“We’ve seen a series of announcements from the utility of their plans to reduce and eliminate coal from their generating capacities,” Pierce said.

The conference involved a variety of organizations. Children from the School for Community Learning in Indianapolis participated in today’s event and the National Phenology Network was one of the hosts. Their goal is to encourage children to learn about their environment, as well as get volunteers from all 92 counties in Indiana to help their organization.

The Electronics Technicians Association International represented the industry involved with renewable resources.

Haley Pritchett is a reporter with TheStatehouseFile.com,

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