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Walt Breitinger honored with Ikes Hall of Fame Award

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Life-long environmentalist Walt Breitinger has been honored with the Izaak Walton Hall of Fame Award for his stalwart environmentalism and advocacy.

“Because Breitinger is a true believer in ‘think globally and act locally,’ we all breathe and drink a little cleaner because of the decades of conservation work Walt has brought to our NW Indiana community,” the Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America said in a statement released this week. “IWLA-Porter County Chapter thanks and honors him for his tremendous contributions and encourages and supports his future endeavors to make the world a more natural and clean place for future generations.”

Among other things, Breitinger rode his “Burn Fat, Not Fuel” pedal-powered trike to work and everywhere else for 20 years; he has been a long-time active member of the Izaak Walton League Porter County Chapter, the Duneland Sierra Club, the Shirley Heinze Land Trust and he founded the Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed Council; he was one of the organizers of Eco-Vote during his college days at Valparaiso University and has been an active member of the Save the Dunes Council since the 1970s.

Also: in the 1980s Breitinger was one of the first people promoting recycling in Porter County and helped create Duneland Recycling; he was a founding board member of People Against Hazardous Landfill Sites (PAHLS) and organized to keep a local landfill from becoming a hazardous waste landfill. In his role with the Watershed Council, Breitinger organizes the annual Naturepalooza festival; and through the Chain of Lakes Group organizes public presentations to get local people interested in protecting nature with free seminars.

Breitinger has received accolades from the Indiana DNR, South Shores Clean Cities, and others; he sits on the board of the Valparaiso Mayor’s Pathway Committee, the Energy Task Force, Woodland Savanna Land Conservancy, and the Advisory Board of the Shirley Heinz Environmental Land Trust; and he serves on the board of the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District and is an active member of the Indiana Lakes Management Society and newly appointed council member of Hoosier Environmental Council.


Posted 8/23/2018




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