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Herb and Charlotte Read recognized by HEC for lifetime of conservation work

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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

The fee is $10 per person, which includes lunch. Students with a valid student ID can attended at the discounted rate of $5.




Posted 11/12/2009