Carmel Youth move City Council to act on Climate
Carmel is first city in Indiana to Pass Climate Resolution


Carmel Green Initiative's youth-led program, the Promise Project reachedWebsite_Collage_Climate_Resolution_Passes a milestone on February 20th when the Carmel City Council voted unanimously to pass the Climate Resilience and Recovery Resolution.  Carmel made history by being the first city in Indiana to pass a climate resolution.  The resolution shows the city's commitment to taking action to protect the children and grandchildren of our community.

"Our young people are counting on their leaders to make the right decisions to protect their future.  We're so proud of our Youth Leaders for stepping and raising their voices on such an important issue," said Leslie Webb, president of Carmel Green Initiative and adult mentor for the Promise Project.

Here are excerpts of Youth Leader statements at the February 20, 2017 Carmel City Council meeting:

"My generation is afraid of what the future will be if we continue on the path we are on...we are counting on you, as our leaders ... to be on the right side of history by keeping your promise to protect our future. We have a right to a clean, healthy, and beautiful world that we wish for ourselves and the generations to come."
~ Miranda Frausto, CHS senior

"...the leadership portrayed by our councilmen and women tonight is truly inspiring. Real Leaders do not do things that are just politically expedient, leaders stand up for what is right and for the rights of others and most importantly for the future of coming generations. .... Carmel has shown every mayor and every citizen of the state of Indiana what standing up for what is right looks like."
~Jose Ortuzar, CHS junior

"If my home city is ... making an effort towards reversing climate change, then I can go to bed more optimistic about the future."
~Ben Rayhill, International School sophomore

"It scares me that the current excess climate and environmental changes put our solitary home at risk. We are headed for more extreme weather events, droughts and floods, and they will be very costly to Indiana residents, businesses and agriculture. This is why I want you...to please pass our...resolution."
~Alex Workman, CHS freshman

"I would like to see this resolution passed because I don't want to live in a future, where climate change is a principle cause of many global issues and problems..."
~Jodh Pullela, CHS freshman

"Will today’s walk in the woods, with all its fauna and flora, be lost to paperback memories?  Restoring a normal world will be harder once the world has so completely changed. Why take the risk?  By failing to address climate change then we will have failed in our responsibility as stewards of this planet."
~Natalie Workman, Creekside Middle School, 7th grade

Crafting the resolution was a collaborative process including input from Mayor Brainard, Carmel City Councilors, Promise Project Youth Leaders and Carmel Green Initiative.  The resolution was originally written, after receiving input from Mayor Brainard in March 2016, by 17-year-old student Maddie Adkins and Leslie Webb, acting as her adult mentor.  The resolution was revised from March to November to make it more concise and include citations as well as additional input from the mayor.  In February 2017, city councilors included their input which led to the final version approved by the council. In addition, support was received from many, such as climate scientists at IUPUI and Purdue, sustainability professionals at USDN, South Bend, Bloomington and Chicago, and folks at Youth Power Indiana, iMatter iMatter youth group in Minnesota who passed a resolution, and Hoosier Environmental Council.  Youth Leaders also received lots of encouragement from many Promise Project Supporters and citizens who signed the petition.  We continue to welcome support at this petition.

Carmel has already done many things to help the environment and save taxpayers’ money.  These actions save energy, save tax dollars, reduce carbon emissions and sometimes also provide additional benefits for residents.  Roundabouts, for example, improve traffic flow, decrease the number of high speed accidents, save fuel for drivers as well as reduce carbon emissions.  The City has also invested in new technologies such as LED lighting at city hall and in street lights, and in solar power and geothermal energy at the City's new water plant.  These technologies save energy and reduce the city's energy costs, saving tax dollars and reducing carbon emissions.

Next, the City will get a baseline measurement of carbon emissions.  This process will help identify areas that should be addressed and enables the City to establish targets and a timeline.

Carmel Green Initiative applauds the Mayor, Carmel City Councilors and our Youth Leaders for their leadership and encourages other cities to follow their lead.  For example, Indianapolis used our resolution as a starting point and was able to leapfrog the whole process of drafting a resolution from scratch. The Indianapolis city-county council will be voting on Feb 27.


(From Matt Workman and Bob Rayhill)





1) Measure the city's baseline carbon footprint.

2) Determine carbon reductions achieved through all the things the city has already done

3) The City may appoint a commission comprised of business leaders, faith leaders, youth leaders, and community leaders to monitor and consult with elected officials.

4) Create a climate action plan to reduce the City's carbon emissions. Include establishing proper measures to ensure the plan is being implemented, and incorporating energy efficiency and renewable energy standards where possible.


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