Green Schools

The Carmel Clay School District has implemented many different projects in an attempt to save taxpayer dollars and reduce its impact on the environment.  Below is a brief list of these efforts.

  • International Walk to Schools Day 2015
    Kudos to nine Carmel Clay schools for participating in International Walk to School Day on October 7th: Carmel Elementary, Cherry Tree Elementary, College Wood Elementary, Mohawk Trails Elementary, Orchard Park Elementary, Prairie Trace Elementary, Smoky Row Elementary, West Clay Elementary, and Woodbrook Elementary. The aim of Walk to School Day is to raise awareness about the many positive health, safety and environmental benefits gained from regular walking to and from school, not the least of which is fewer fill-ups at the gas station. Read more.  Posted October 2015

  • CCS Participates in Bike to School Day 2015
    This year seven Carmel Clay  schools planned activities for Bike to School Day on May 6th:  Carmel Elementary, College Wood Elementary, Creekside Middle School, Mohawk Trails Elementary, Orchard Park Elementary, Prairie Trace Elementary, and West Clay Elementary encouraged students to walk or bike to school.  Posted May 2015

  • CCS Community Garden Earns Award from Hamilton County Soil and Water District
    The Hamilton County Soil (HCS) and Water District (WD) recognized the CCS Plots to Plates Community Garden for being an Outstanding Supporter of their Backyard Conservation Program. The garden is located on the grounds of Carmel Middle School and has partnered with the HCS & WD to create a rain garden, host a garden field trip for Carmel Parks and Recreation summer campers and teach gardeners about using cover crops to nurture their soil in the fall. Posted March 2015
  • Recycling Drive collects 1,642 pounds of Holiday Lights
    Thanks to CCS families, Green Team members, custodians, Ace Hardware and the Carmel community for recycling. Special thanks to Deb Gastineau for organizing the drive for our community!  Posted January 2015
  • School Festivals Go Green!
    Thanks to West Clay Elementary Family Fun Night, Orchard Park Elementary International Festival, and Forest Dale Elementary Falcon Fest for providing recycling! Special thanks to Katie Lopez, Lisa Wilson and Heather Hurley for organizing recycling bins for these school events.  If you'd like to recycle at your event check out the Lend-A-Bin program.  Posted January 2015
  • College Wood Elementary Introduces Recycling in Cafeteria
    Thanks to their environmental leadership, College Wood Elementary staff rolled out a recycling program for the cafeteria.  A huge thanks to Susan McCord, Cafeteria Manager, Custodian Morris Eubank and Cafeteria Staff Member John Groom who provided recycling containers and are teaching students about which items to recycle and which to throw in the trash.  Students at College Wood Elementary are now helping the environment by starting with this new lunch-time routine. The recycling gets weighed every day and it is estimated that the students at CWE will keep 1,800 lbs. of trash out of landfills this school year!  Read more. Posted September 2014
  • Awesome Energy Savings at School, Ka-ching!
    As the whirl of summer activities wind down and families settle back into the new school year, we want take a minute to congratulate CCS students and staff for their efforts to save energy last year - which saved the district $1,351,494, according to Bob Yull, Energy Manager.  Way to go!  Let's keep it up for 2014-2015!!! Posted August 2014
  • Environmental Leaders Head to College, new leaders step up
    We want to thank CHS graduates Charles Liang and Katie Gao for their leadership of the Environmental and Sustainability Clubs and for serving on the Carmel Green Initiative board. Charles and Katie have made CHS a little greener by assisting with recycling, motion sensors in select bathrooms so the lights turn-off when vacant, raising environmental awareness at school and in the community, and much more.  We wish Charles and Katie all the best as they head to college. Charles will be studying applied physics at Columbia.  And Katie is attending Vanderbilt University.  We also want to welcome incoming Environmental Club co-presidents Elizabeth Baach and Adrian Tracena. Thank you for stepping up! CGI looks forward to your leadership.  Posted August 2014
  • CHS receives Green Ribbon Award
    These energy savings, student environmental leadership and much more was recognized when CHS was one of 2 Indiana schools and 48 schools nationwide receive the 2014 Green Ribbon Award from the U.S. Dept. of Education.  CHS was honored for exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.  Congratulations Greyhounds!!! Posted August 2014
  • Congrats to our Carmel Clay School District and especially Bob Yull, Energy Manager, for ongoing efforts to save energy in our schools. Carmel Clay Schools earned Cenergistic's 2013 Energy Lighthouse Award, and Carmel and Forest Dale Elementary earned Energy Star. Both schools scored in the 80th percentile nationwide in energy efficiency.  This brings the total to 11 CCS buildings to have received this award. Read Nina Johnson's article in The Current.  Posted Oct 2013
  • Carmel Clay Schools reach another record high in energy savings
    Through its energy-savings program, CCS exceeded energy savings of $187,000 in December 2012.  This bring total avoided energy costs to more than $13 million since its inception in 1995.  Read more.. Posted Jan 2012
  • District-wide No Idle Policy
    Our students can now breathe easy! The new district-wide No Idle Policy enlists parents and visitors to Carmel Clay Schools to turn off their vehicle when parked. Reducing tailpipe pollution will improve air quality and respiratory health around our schools.  Read more.
  • Woodbrook and Cherry Tree Elementary Earn Energy Star
    Both schools ranked in the top 25% nationwide in energy efficiency and joined other CCS school to receive this award. Nine CCS building have received this award.  Read more.

  • Community Garden - In the fall of 2012, Carmel Clay Schools will provide land for an organic vegetable community garden located behind the HBM Co-op buidling (old College Wood Elementary). The community garden will be available to Carmel residents and CCS employees. Read more.
  • Carmel Clay Schools reach another record high in energy savings - Through its energy-savings program, CCS exceeded energy savings of $182,000 in December 2011.  This bring total avoided energy costs to more than $12 million since its inception in 1995. Posted Jan 2012

  • Smoky Row Elementary awarded Energy Action in Schools Grant - The Smoky Row Elementary Green Team was awarded a $250 grant as a part of Energy Action in Schools. The program brings students and school administrators together to reduce energy costs in their buildings, while learning about energy efficiency.
  • Green your Thanksgiving to support our students - The Carmel High School Environmental Club is hosting a community Aluminum Can Drive. Read more.

  • The Carmel Clay School District is looking at ways to improve air quality for students. A no idle policy is being considered as a way to reduce tailpipe pollution in carpool lines to protect children from exposure to harmful emissions. The carpool policy would be in addition to the school bus policy which has been in place for several years. Read more.
  • CHS hosts Large Item Drop-off location at stadium. Read more

  • Carmel Clay Schools received the Carmel Chamber's Green Award for their environmental efforts.Read more.

  • CHS Environmental Club Moves Forward on Recycling Effort
    A group of volunteer parents conducted a one day recycling effort for America Recycles Day on November 15th, 2010 in all three cafeterias and collected over 8 bags of plastic bottles and containers and aluminum cans.  The CHS Environmental Club started by Mason Yao is working with the administration to offer recycling everyday at the Greyhound Station and the Freshman Cafeteria.
  • Students will participate in energy savings program
    The following schools will incorporate energy-savings education in their schools' curriculum: Carmel Middle School, Smoky Row Elementary, and Cherry Tree Elementary. The Energy Action Program, administered by the National Energy Foundation, includes an energy audit and helps students form energy action teams to monitor energy usage and recommend wasy to save money on utilities. 
  • Students Recycle 27 tons of Paper
    The Smoky Row Student Council collected 54,000 lbs of paper in 2010. Proceeds were donated to local charity. See photos
  • Energy Star Schools
    The following schools have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency: Carmel High School, College Wood, Mohawk Trails, Prairie Trace, Smoky Row, Towne Meadow, and West Clay Elementary. Read more
  • No Idle Policy for School Buses
    Buses arriving at school to load or unload students remaining at school for more than 3 minutes are to turn off their engines.  These procedures save fuel costs and reduce tail pipe pollution near our students.  Read more on p20 x
  • Carmel Elementary and Middle Schools Implement Recycling
    Following a successful co-mingled recycling pilot program at Carmel Elementary which began in January of 2010, the administration decided to offer recycling at all elementary and middle schools in the fall of 2010.  At this time, CHS is only recycling cardboard and some paper.