Earth Hour 2017

On March 25, 2017, Carmel Green Initiative joined with Girl Scouts of Central Indiana to host Earth Hour at City Hall.  The lights at Carmel City Hall were turned off to join hundreds of cities around the world, iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building  and the Eiffel Tower to celebrate Earth Hour, the global climate change awareness campaign.

By taking part in this global “lights out” event, the City of Carmel acknowledges its commitment to energy conservation and renewable energy.  "We are pleased to lend our support to Earth Hour this year and emphasize the importance of conserving our energy resources. This symbolic event allows hundreds of millions of people across the globe to participate in advocating for a change we should all support. Our city prides itself on being environmentally friendly, and this is one more way we can encourage our residents and businesses to care for our planet," said Mayor Jim Brainard.

It was much warmer this year but rain forced us to move indoors.  Girl Scouts shared what they will do to save energy and enjoyed hot chocolate, S'mores, fire pit and making glow in the dark necklaces.  Special thanks to those who brought their own reusable mugs!!!  We're so grateful to the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana who joined us again this year.  Big thanks to Alexia Lopez, Madelyn Zalon, Alex Workman, and Gale Dembinski who organized the lights out event and activities!  Thanks to Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District for their support.

Around the world, an unprecedented 187 countries and territories switched off their lights and millions of individuals, businesses and organizations across seven continents stepped forward to change climate change.  For more information on Earth Hour, visit

Click here to see Earth Hour's 10 year anniversary video

Click here to see News Release