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Green Networking Groups and Events

We all know the excitement that comes when we’re engaged in a discussion with like-minded people, but sometimes those happy chance encounters happen so infrequently that it can start to feel a little lonely in this big city. Luckily, Greater Indy is home to many organizations that draw people together to discuss ideas, coordinate actions and energize for the task of tackling the big issues.

The Irvington Green Initiative (IGI) holds gatherings at Bittersweet Restaurant, 5543 East Washington Street, the last Saturday of April, July and September from 6 to 8 p.m. The April meeting on Urban Forest-Irvington Canopy will gather the Indiana Forest Alliance, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, Irvington Garden Club, Friends of Ellenberger Park and all interested participants for a discussion on state and metro neighborhood plans and action opportunities.

Green Drinks Indy meets every second Tuesday of the month at the Tomlinson Tap Room in the City Market downtown from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for casual drinks and conversation with other environmentally minded individuals.

The Hoosier Environmental Council’s (HEC) Green Business program facilitates companies of all sizes to demonstrate commitment to environmental progress by supporting HEC at different donation levels. HEC provides marketing opportunities and networking events throughout the year to bring green business leaders together for lively discussion. HEC identifies the biggest environmental challenges in Indiana and unites people towards solutions utilizing a combination of education, advocacy and litigation.

As an organization that spends countless hours engaging with lawmakers, providing expert testimony, researching environmental best practices and rallying individuals and organizations to stand up for our environment, HEC’s work is rarely glamorous. Yet, HEC will “let their hair down” this month. Through a unique partnership with Aveda, salons throughout Indiana will raise awareness and funds for HEC’s clean water initiatives in April for Aveda Earth Month.

This year, HEC and Aveda salons are offering many ways for the public to aid in this worthy cause. Bid on online silent auction items, like Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra tickets and Aveda salon services throughout April, by visiting One can also visit an Aveda salon or an HEC booth at various Earth Day events to purchase raffle tickets for fun Indiana Getaway packages, featuring Indiana State Parks, Persimmon Inn in Bloomington, and The Alexander Hotel in Indy. Also, in the Funds2Orgs Shoe Drive, donate gently used or new shoes at the Sundance Salon Spa, in Zionsville, throughout April.

See the special Earth Day section for more HEC-related events this month.

For more information on IGI, like them on Facebook or email

For more information on Green Drinks Indy, like them on Facebook and visit

For more information on HEC, visit For a full list of events and activities, visit To view items and bid on the silent auction, visit

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