CARMEL CLAY SCHOOL'S GREEN INITIATIVES
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.
- 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.
- 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.