Press release from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management:
Indiana agencies launch social networking community
HoosiersCare.org offers additional communications opportunities
(November 18, 2010) – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and its Hoosiers Care partners have launched a new online social networking portal for the public.
In addition to having established a presence on popular social networking websites including Facebook and Twitter, the partners have launched a social networking site to help individuals and groups connect and discuss Indiana’s environmental issues. Besides IDEM, Hoosier Care partners include the Indiana Office of Energy Development, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
The new Hoosiers Care networking site can be found atand is open to anyone interested in environmental matters. Participants can join in discussions, blog, share videos and photos, learn about events, collaborate and learn from each other.
“There is great value in social network communications,” said IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly. “The new website offers another communications venue for the public to share information about environmental issues that could be important in decision-making processes.”
By using social networking sites to supplement its other, more traditional communication tools, including its website and listservs, the agencies are reaching new audiences while enhancing communications and services.
“This Hoosiers Care networking site is a new and valuable way for consumers to learn about saving energy and water, reduce their utility bills, and share new and creative ideas for greater efficiency,” said Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor David Stippler.
More detailed information about the Hoosiers Care program can be found at.
IDEM ( ) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.