Herb and Charlotte Read will be recognized by the Hoosier Environmental
Council (HEC) with the Robert Klawitter Lifetime Achievement Award at HEC’s
annual green policy forum on Saturday in Indianapolis.
HEC chose the Reads for this award for their instrumental role in the
founding of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and their lifelong commitment
to improving the health and quality of life in Northwest Indiana, HEC said
in a statement released today.
“It’s one thing to say you’re passionate about cleaning up the environment
and boosting the quality of life in a community,” HEC Executive Director
Jesse Kharbanda said. “Charlotte and Herb have spent decades working to
improve where they live, against the backdrop of some tough environmental
challenges, and they’ve done their work extraordinarily well.”
“Northwest Indiana is a better place today because of the Reads,” Kharbanda
added. “And thanks to their commitment, future generations will benefit from
a healthier environment along the shores of Lake Michigan.”
The green policy forum on Saturday will feature presentations on HEC’s
legislative priorities for the 2010 session of the Indiana General Assembly:
clean energy, public transit, forestry protection, and sustainable
agriculture. The forum will also offer participants the opportunity to learn
about effective citizen engagement and the legislative process.
The forum, to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marian University, will
feature as well a showing of the winning entries in HEC’s first-ever “Green
Energy NOW!” video contest. And new HEC board members will be announced. The
forum is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged, however, to register
in advance at www.hecweb.org
The fee is $10 per person, which includes lunch. Students with a valid
student ID can attended at the discounted rate of $5.