A northwest Indiana group is one of 200 groups across the Hoosier state scheduled to be honored tomorrow in South Bend. Sustainable Indiana 2016 (SI2016) and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission will present Northwest Indiana Green Drinks with its Green Lights Award to recognize homegrown solutions to our changing climate, and the group will also be inducted into Indiana’s Bicentennial Green Legacy Hall of Fame.
Northwest Indiana Green Drinks consists of regular meet-ups in Michigan City, Valparaiso and Gary. Since early 2011, the group has hosted hundreds of environmentally-focused programs featuring subject matter experts. Topics vary from regional importance to attendees’ interests.
“Our audience appreciates the convenience, and the ability to sample from a variety of programs available at each of the Northwest Indiana Green Drinks meet-ups,” said Kathy Sipple, one of the initial organizers of Green Drinks in Northwest Indiana, and owner of My Social Media Coach and 219GreenConnect, which provides the social media and web platforms for Green Drinks.
Sipple says the Northwest Indiana Green Drinks continues to grow because of the connections made at the events. “The quality and number of connections made because of Green Drinks has been particularly rewarding for me to see. College kids have found green job internships. Adults have found employment in environmental fields and much, much more.”
Sustainable Indiana 2016 is a bicentennial citizen’s initiative of Earth Charter Indiana established to identify and celebrate models of sustainability as a part of the bicentennial legacy. SI2016 is one of 100 endorsed legacy projects by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission which has four major themes: nature and conservation, youth and education, historical celebration, and community involvement.
To reserve a seat for the awards at the Bicentennial Green Light Celebration, which takes place on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Pinhook Park in South Bend, please visit http://sustainableindiana2016.org/glc.