By: Trace Weaver
Net Impact held its second official meeting of the year on Monday, February 8th. This meeting was the first of our new series in which Net Impact will spend a few weeks covering different topics in sustainability. This week: Energy!
The meeting started with Adam Reddigari giving the Corporate Social Responsibility News Team's first presentation of the year! Adam addressed a new bill in the Indiana state legislature called Indiana House Bill 1082. This bill would mandate that future environmental legislation enacted by the Indiana State Congress could be no more stringent than the federal regulations already on the books. Representative David Wolkins, one of the sponsors of the bill, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency is out of control and the state needs to do all that it can to combat it.
However, there are many problems with this bill. First of all, this bill will prevent the state legislature from responding to public health emergencies that occur in Indiana. This could create another crisis similar to what is happening in Flint by barring the state's public officials from acting on behalf of the concerns of their constituents. Also, this bill takes power away from the states, which contradicts the beliefs of Mr. Wolkins and other Republicans who support the bill. The bill has passed in the House and is expected to pass through the Senate later this week.
After learning about Indiana House Bill 1082, Adam led Net Impact's own version of Jeopardy! with the categories pertaining to sustainable energy. The topics ranged from questions about the energy efficiency of household appliances to global trends in the use of energy. Those with the highest scores at the end of the game won solar-powered phone chargers too! So we hope you had fun at this week's meeting and look forward to see you all next week for Energy: Part II!