Earth Day
Earth Day 2016
Committee Resources - Earth Day

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April 22, 2016 - Trees for the Earth

Over the next five years, as Earth Day moves closer to its 50th anniversary, they are calling on you to help achieve one of the most ambitious goals yet — planting 7.8 billion trees and starting now. Trees will be the first of five major goals in honor of the five-year countdown to Earth Day's 50th anniversary. On their own and together, these initiatives will make a significant and measurable impact on the Earth and will serve as the foundation of a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all.

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Here are some ways to celebrate ...

Make the Switch
Change your outdoor lights to CFLs or LEDs for Earth Day. You'll save $100 a year in electricity and reduce carbon emissions by 1 ton of CO2 when you change 5 outdoor lights (the ones that stay on all night) from a 60W incandescent to a 13W CFL or 9 W LED. This is one of easiest ways to make a ton of difference for Earth Day!

Go Plastic-Free
Check out this youtube video and make a pledge to use a refillable bottle instead of buying bottled water, and bring your own, reusable shopping bags instead of using single use plastic or paper.  Oh, and don't forget to ask for "no straw, please."  See video.

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Children's Earth Day Art Exhibit
In celebration of our earth, come check out the top art entries on display at the Carmel Clay Public Library, Monon Center, Muldoon’s in the Arts & Design District, and Whole Foods Market at Clay Terrace.  These art exhibits give our youth a voice, empowering them to inspire others to live sustainably.  We hope their messages about saving energy, recycling, growing our own food, planting trees and more will raise awareness and help build a more sustainable community. Read more
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JCC Earth Day Commuity Celebration
Sunday, April 17th, 1-4 p.m. Read more.
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Noblesville Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, April 23rd, 9am - Noon 
Forest Park, Noblesville  Shelters 3 & 5
Enjoy family activities. Free tree seedling give-aways.
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Earth Day Garden Crafts
Saturday, April 23rd, 10 a.m.
What better way to celebrate Earth Day week than a craft party to decorate plot markers for the Project Eden Gardens or your gardens at home. This is an all ages event, so bring the whole family! Sign up and additional information here.
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Earth Day Indiana Festival
Saturday, Apr. 23, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Military Park, Indianapolis  Read more.

Mission Monarch
Saturday, April 23rd, 1-4 p.m.
Cool Creek Nature Center
Celebrate Earth Day by learning about monarchs and the importance of native plants to butterflies.  Learn how to grow milkweed and take home you own milkweed plants so you can jump-start your garden.  Celebrate monarchs with fun activities and crafts.  Staff will also be offering woodland wildflower hikes. Fun for all ages. See flyer.  Click here to view Cool Creek eco-series on Monarch Butterflies!

Earth and STEM Fair
Saturday, April 23rd, 2-5 p.m.
Eleven Fifty Academy, 116th Street, Carmel
Join the CHS Environmental Action and STEM clubs to learn about environmental sustainability.
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Order Native Plant Kits!
Orders & payment are due by April 23
Take the guesswork out of creating your own native plant garden with a selection of tried and true native plants. Create your own pollinator garden, rain garden, prairie garden or shade garden.  Each kit includes 50 native plants, 5 plugs of 10 species.  Kits cost $120 and will be available for pick up in mid May.

Click here for more information and to place an order.  
Click here to see flyer for list of plants.
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Attend a Green Sermon
Sunday, April 24th, 9:30 a.m.
Epworth United Methodist Church
Celebrate Caring for Creation at a green worship ceremony. For more information, visit the Epworth website.
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Family-Friendly Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 30th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Geist Christian Church.   Read more.
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Electronics Recycling, Document Shredding, & Prescription Drug Disposal
Saturday, April 30th, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Creekside Middle School.  Read more.
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Carmel Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, May 7th
Carmel Farmer's Market
The City of Carmel with the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee will host a booth at the Farmer's Market providing free tree seedlings for attendees.
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Butterfly Habitat Creation Workshop
Monday, May 9th, 6-8 p.m.
Cool Creek Nature Center
Learn how you can create a habitat for Monarch butterflies in your yard, church, business, or neighborhood common area. Learn about how to plan your project, maintenance considerations, financial assistance that may be available, and for the first-hand experiences from a homeowners association that has converted turf grass to Monarch habitat.  See flyer. Click here to view Cool Creek eco-series on Monarch Butterflies!

Water - Connecting the Drops
Wednesday, May 18th, 6:30 p.m
Carmel Clay Public Library
Join us to learn about our water resources. Read more.

Earth Hour - Earth Day Art Contest
Select artwork from the Earth Day art exhibit.  Read more.

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April 22, 2015

Earth Day’s 45th anniversary could be the most exciting year in environmental history. The year in which economic growth and sustainability join hands. It’s our turn to lead. So our world leaders can follow by example.  More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Here are some ways to celebrate ...

Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day
Saturday April 18, 11 a.m.
Washington Monument Grounds
Marking the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day comes during a pivotal time to protect the planet and ensure that world leaders address key issues facing the next generation. Timed to coincide with the spring meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day will bring together global policymakers, finance ministers, environment and development NGOs, industry executives and high-profile artists.  Read more.

Rain Barrel Giveaway
April 1-30, enter to win all month long at Whole Foods Market at Clay Terrace. 317-569-1517.

Party for the Pollinators
Saturday,  April 18, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Whole Foods Market tent at the Carmel Marathon, near the Palladium. Read more.

Make the Switch
Change your outdoor lights to CFLs for Earth Day. You'll save $100 a year in electricity and reduce carbon emissions by 1 ton of CO2 when you change 5 outdoor lights (the ones that stay on all night) from a 60W incandescent to a 13W CFL. This is one of easiest ways to make a ton of difference for Earth Day!

Children's Earth Day Art Exhibit
In celebration of our earth, come check out the top art entries are on display at the Carmel Clay Public Library, Monon Center, Muldoon’s in the Arts & Design District, and Whole Foods Market at Clay Terrace.  These art exhibits give our youth a voice, empowering them to inspire others to live sustainably.  We hope their messages about saving energy, recycling, growing our own food, planting trees and more will raise awareness and help build a more sustainable community. Read more.

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Earth Pledge
CCPR will be launching #CCPREarthPledge on Earth Day, Apr. 22, which will be social media driven with individuals posting a quick video to articulate how he/she will be helping the earth.

Noblesville Earth Day ArborFest
Saturday, Apr. 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Read more.

Document Shredding, Electronics Recycling, and Used Book Drive
Saturday, Apr. 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Read more.

Earth Day Indiana Festival
Saturday, Apr. 25, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Read more.

Attend a Green Sermon
Celebrate Earth Day at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church on April 19th, and Epworth United Methodist Church on April 26th.   Read more.

JCC Earth Day Community Celebration
Sunday, Apr. 26 1 - 4 p.m. at the Aurther M. Glick Jewish Community Center.   Read more.

Carmel Arbor Day Celebration
On Saturday, May 2, the City of Carmel with the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee will host a booth at the Farmer's Market providing free tree seedlings for attendees. An Arbor Day Observance will take place at the Rotary Amphateatre at 9:30 a.m.  Citizens are invited to attend the Rotary Amphateatre.


Green Your Cleaning
Join us on Wed. May 13th at 6:30 pm at the Carmel library to learn about green cleaners. Read more.

Orchard in Bloom - cancelled this year

Earth Hour - Earth Day Art Contest
Select artwork from the Earth Day art exhibit.  Read more.

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Earth Day 2014

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Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. As the urban population grows and the effects of climate change worsen, our cities have to evolve.

It’s time for us to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild our cities and towns, and begin to solve the climate crisis. Over the next two years, with a focus on Earth Day 2014, the Green Cities campaign will mobilize a global movement to accelerate this transition. Join us in calling for a new era of green cities.

More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year,making it the largest civic observance in the world.  Visit Earth Day Network

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What are you doing for Earth Day?
Here are some ways to celebrate ...

Going Solar

Join us on Wed. Apr. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carmel Clay Public Library to learn about the solar farm at the Indy airport and how you can take advantage of solar power on your home or business.  Read more and RSVP.

Make the Switch

Change your outdoor lights to CFLs for Earth Day. You'll save $100 a year in electricity and reduce carbon emissions by 1 ton of CO2 when you change 5 outdoor lights (the ones that are on all night) from a 60W incandescent to a 13W CFL. This is one of easiest ways to make a ton of difference this Earth Day!

Celebrate through Youth Art

In celebration of our earth, Carmel Green Initiative hosts an environmental art contest for K-12 youth.  The top art entries are on display at the Carmel Clay Public Library, Monon Center and Muldoon’s in the Arts & Design District.  These art exhibits give our youth a voice, empowering them to inspire others to live sustainably.  We hope their messages about saving energy, recycling, growing our own food, planting trees and more will raise awareness and help build a more sustainable community. Read more.

Electronics Recycling Fair

Saturday, Apr. 19, Noon to 2 p.m. at Whole Foods Market at Clay Terrace. Also accepts metals, plastics, glass, rechargeable batteries, bikes and more.  Read more.

Noblesville Earth Day ArborFest

Saturday, Apr. 26, 9 a.m. to Noon at Forest Park in Noblesville.  In addition to the traditional tree giveaway, there will be a pancake breakfast, exhibitors, family games, artists, musicians and easy ways for you to recycle electronics, documents and bicycles!  Read more.

Document Shredding, Electronics & Appliance Recycling, Prescription Disposal, and Book Donations

Saturday, Apr. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carmel High School stadium parking lot. Read more.   

Earth Day Indiana Festival

Saturday, Apr. 26, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the White River State Park.  Read more.

Attend a Green Sermon

Epworth United Methodist Church will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, Apr. 27. The sermon will be about caring for God's creation. Services are at 8:45 a.m. (traditional service) and 11:00 a.m. (contemporary).  Read more.

JCC Earth Day Community Celebration

Sunday, Apr. 27 1 - 4 p.m. at the Aurther M. Glick Jewish Community Center.  This is a family-friendly, hands-on, “learn by doing” community event.  Read more.

Orchard in Bloom

May 2,3 & 4  Garden show and community event at Holliday Park.  Read more.

Arbor Day Celebration

On Saturday, May 3, the City of Carmel with the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee will host a booth at the Farmer's Market providing free bald cypress and bur oak trees for attendees. An Arbor Day Observance will take place at the Rotary Amphateatre at 9:45 a.m.  Citizens are invited to attend the Rotary Amphateatre.

Green your home for a chance to win $25

You'll be entered to win $25 when you have a Free Home Energy Assessment done. We'll draw 1 winner for every 10 assessments, so your chances to win are pretty good. You do not have to live in Carmel to qualify.  The assessment takes about an hour and can be scheduled at your convenience.  A home energy professional will check for ways to help you save energy, save money and lower your carbon footprint. In addition, you'll receive a detailed report, as well as free green goodies.  You'll begin saving energy right away with free CFL bulbs, low-flow showerheads and aerators -  worth about $50. No strings attached!  And Energizing Indiana will make a $25 donation to Carmel Green Initiative in your name which we'll apply toward your membership.   Read more.

Climate Impacts

The IPCC's most recent report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability says the effects of climate change are occurring on all continents and across the oceans, and warns that the risks from climate change impacts will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming from carbon pollution. The report was prepared by 309 scientists from 70 countries with assistance from 436 contributing authors and 1,729 expert and government reviewers.  We'll have more on this report in the coming months.  Read IPCC report.  Read New York Times article.

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Earth Day 2013

EarthDay2013The Face of Climate Change

Climate change can seem like a remote problem for our leaders, but the fact is that it's already impacting real people, animals, and beloved places. These Faces of Climate Change are multiplying every day. Fortunately, other Faces of Climate Change are multiplying too: those stepping up to do something about it.  Join the Earth Day Network to personalize the massive challenge climate change presents by taking a photo and telling your story. How has climate change impacted you? What are you doing to be part of the solution?  Visit Earth Day Network.

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Celebrate Earth Day!!!
Here are some ideas to get you started....
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  • Earth Day Art Contest
    To celebrate Earth Day, over 400 students & girls scouts participated in the 2013 Earth Hour - Earth Day art contest. Through art, youth create a friendly reminder to power-down, and learn about energy conservation and its important connection to caring for the environment! Many thanks to all the artists for the masterpieces shown here and throughout this website.  Read more.
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  • Earth Day Celebration
    EVENT MOVED TO MONON CENTER  ***Due to heavy rains this week and spotty showers possible today, the Earth Day Celebration is moving indoors to the Monon Community Center Multipurpose Room. The event will only run from 3-5:30pm and will still include live music, Arbor Day Ceremony, Tim Womick (Mr. Appleseedz), vendors, & crafts. ***
    Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is hosting an Earth Day event at Founders Park on Fri. Apr 19 from 3 - 7 p.m.  The event will include live music with Clang Interactive Duo, an Arbor Day Ceremony, an interactive presentation with Mr. Appleseedz for kids.  The event will also include a scavenger hunt, games, vendors, crafts, Kona Ice & Der Pretzel Wagon. Carmel Green Initiative will have the Energy Bike thanks to the Indiana Office of Energy Development.  The Energy Bike provides a memorable, fun way to learn about energy efficiency and the differences between LED, CFL, and incandescent light bulbs.  Click here for event schedule and to register.

  • Recycle Event at St. Mark's
    St. Mark’s is once again partnering with RecycleForce for an e-waste recycling event in honor of Earth Day on Saturday, April 20 from 9 am to 1 pm. Read more.
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  • Green Sermon
    Epworth United Methodist Church will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 21st. Pastor Bill Hoopes will give a sermon about caring for God's creation. Read more.
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  • Earth Day - Arbor Fest 2013
    The City of Noblesville and Sustain Noblesville will present a two-day event.  Day 1: Fri. Apr. 26, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Historic  Noblesville Square.  Get free tree seedlings and information on proper planting and prunning.  Day 2: Sat. Apr. 27, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.at Forest Park Shelter 5.  Get free tree seedlings, info on proper planting and pruning, local environmental exhibitors, vendors & organizations, and kids' activities. Read more.
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  • Earth Day Indiana
    This free outdoor festival features 130 environmental and conservation exhibits, music, food, and special activities for kids. Sat. Apr. 27, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at White River State Park.  Read more.
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  • Videos
    Watch an amazing video about our magnificent planet.
    Share it with a friend for Earth Day.   Go to 6 min video.
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If you or your organization are planning something for Earth Day, please let us know. Contact Leslie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Earth Day 2012
Committee Resources - Earth Day

EarthDay2012logoThe first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.  There is a reference to global warming a the end of this 1970 video.

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2012EarthDayHonorableMentions
  • A Billion Acts of Green: Think of all you can do at home, school, place of worship, or work to live and act sustainably. Then commit to making a difference.  The goal is to register one billion actions in advance of the Earth Summit in Rio in June 2012.  Show your commitment to the Earth, pledge an act of green.  Invite your friends and family too.

  • Honoring the Earth through Art
    From April 14 through May 4, the Renaissance Art Gallery located at 1 South Rangeline Road will present "Life Reconstructed" to celebrate Mother Earth and the kindred spirits that create art with a nod to our environment.  The amazing art pieces in this exhibit are made using recycled items from the past with a whimsical eye to the future. An opening reception will be held on April 14, 5-10 p.m.

  • "Earth Words" Art Exhibit
    Inspiring and thought provoking reflections about our environment is presented by expressive calligraphy artist, Erika Woods from April 3 to April 28 at ArtSplash Gallery, 111 West Main Street, Suite 120, Carmel, IN  46032.  Experience this exceptionally touching art exhibit in honor of Mother Earth and meet the artist at the opening reception on April 14, 3-8 p.m.

  • Attend a Green Sermon
    Epworth United Methodist Church will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22nd. Pastor Bill Hoopes will give a sermon about caring for God's creation.

  • Upcycled Rain Barrels
    So you've heard of recycling, what's upcycling? It's taking something used and would normally discard and finding a new use for it. Whole Foods Market Carmel has 55 gallon Rain Ballels  repurposed from the food shipping industry. They have THE best price in town at only $69.99 each!
  • Free Reusable Tote Bags
    Whole Foods Market is giving away a free reusable tote bag to the first 50 shoppers on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22.  Their reusable tote bags are made from 80% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Reusing plastic bottles instead of sending them to the landfil is great for the earth!

  • Whole Foods Marekt Earth Day Art Show
    The public is invited to submit art for our Earth Day Art Show. (All ages welcome.) Art can be mixed media, anything recycled, paintings, photos, sculptures relating to ANYTHING Earth (example subject ideas: paintings of fruit/veggies). Art will be displayed Earth Day, Sunday, April 22 through June in Whole Foods Market Carmel's Café. The public is invited to the Earth Day Art Show Opening on Earth Day Sunday, April 22, 2-5pm. Please drop off art on Tuesday, April 17, 8-10am, Thursday, April 19, 8-10am or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to coordinate a drop of date/time.
  • Free Document Shredding
    Saturday April 28, 2012, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carmel Clay Public Library front gated parking Lot. Read more.

  • eWaste and Large Item Recycling/Reuse Event
    Saturday April 28, 2012. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carmel High School Stadium parking lot.  Read more