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 reached 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.
FEBRUARY 20, 2016 CITY COUNCIL MEETING
(From Matt Workman and Bob Rayhill)
Click here to learn more about the Promise Project.
YOUTH-LED VICTORIES IN OTHER CITIES
Telamon Energy Solutions to Bring Solar to the City of Carmel
CARMEL, IN – MAY 24, 2016 – Telamon Corporation’s Energy Solutions (TES) division is excited to announce that it has signed a contract with the City of Carmel, Indiana to develop a solar power system at two separate locations within the city.
The first solar array will be located at 106th & Gray Road (Water Plant 1) while the second will be on Hazel Dell Parkway just north of the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
The 1.08 MW DC solar power system will annually produce up to 1.54 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy while powering various aspects of the wastewater treatment plant and water plant 1.
The system will offset 1,065 metric tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of powering 146 average-sized American homes for one year.
“Renewable energy, such as solar, is a better energy source because we don’t have to pay other countries to get it and, even more importantly, it will help keep our air clean and reduce the cost and suffering of those with lung diseases. In this case, because we can reduce the amount of electricity we buy, our rate of return on our investment is competitive so it is also a good financial investment for our taxpayers,” said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard.
“Telamon is excited to serve as the developer and construction administrator of this project,” said Reggie Henderson, Vice President & General Manager of Telamon Energy Solutions. “We look forward to helping the City of Carmel save approximately $4.4 million over the course of 25 years while also promoting the importance of clean energy within the city’s environment.”
Construction is expected to start in August and conclude in December. Telamon has partnered with Inovateus Solar based out of South Bend on this project and will go to bid for an EPC contractor (engineering, procurement, & construction) within the next month.
Source: Telamon Corporation
Carmel Mayor Calls Municipal Solar Projects ‘Good Investment For Taxpayers’
May 25, 2016 - Telamon Corp.’s Energy Solutions division has signed a contract with the City of Carmel, Ind., to develop a solar power project totaling 1.08 MW at two separate locations within the city. The first solar array will be located at Water Plant 1 on 106th and Gray Road, while the second will be at Hazel Dell Parkway just north of the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
“Renewable energy, such as solar, is a better energy source because we don’t have to pay other countries to get it, and even more importantly, it will help keep our air clean and reduce the cost and suffering of those with lung diseases,” says Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard. “In this case, because we can reduce the amount of electricity we buy, our rate of return on our investment is competitive, so it is also a good financial investment for our taxpayers.”
“Telamon is excited to serve as the developer and construction administrator of this project,” says Reggie Henderson, vice president and general manager of Telamon Energy Solutions. “We look forward to helping the City of Carmel save approximately $4.4 million over the course of 25 years while also promoting the importance of clean energy within the city’s environment.”
Construction is expected to start in August and conclude in December. Telamon says it has partnered with South Bend, Ind.-based Inovateus Solar on the project and will go to bid for an engineering, procurement and construction contractor within the next month.
Carmel Adding Solar Power
May 24, 2016 - Carmel-based Telamon Corp. says it has signed a deal with the city to develop solar power arrays at two locations. The company estimates the project will save Carmel nearly $4.5 million over 25 years.
The arrays will be located at or near city water plants. The 1.08 MW system could produce more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy. Telamon says the system will offset more than 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of powering 146 average-sized American homes for one year.
In addition to the savings, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard says the project "will help keep our air clean and reduce the cost and suffering of those with lung diseases."
Construction on the solar arrays is expected to begin in August and wrap up in December.
Source: Inside Indiana Business
CARMEL, IN May 16, 2016 – Carmel has recently been recognized as an Indiana Bird Town by the Indiana Audubon Society. To become an Indiana Bird Town, Carmel had to meet seven criteria of the application, including being certified as a Tree City USA which Carmel has done for 22 years. “Bird Town Indiana” is a designation awarded by the Indiana Audubon Society to those communities in Indiana that demonstrate an active and ongoing commitment to the protection and conservation of bird populations and habitat.
“The natural environment benefits when we promote the creation of bird habitats. Planting trees is one way for people to increase an important part of the ecosystem in which birds and other wildlife live.” said Carmel’s Urban Forester, Daren Mindham. Carmel is proud to partner with the Indiana Audubon Society and continues to promote birds by providing natural habitats within its parks system along with providing information on the city website.
The Indiana Audubon Society (www.indianaaudubon.org) is the oldest conservation organization continuously operating in Indiana. It is not a chapter of the National Audubon Society, but an independent statewide organization. It was organized to stimulate an interest in birds and their protection and to serve the needs of youth, civic, churches, and schools. This society provides information concerning birds and educates the public concerning the necessity for conserving and preserving Indiana's natural heritage and its unique flora and fauna.
Carmel Green Initiative is happy to announce that St. Peter's UCC of Carmel is one of the HIPL recipients of the Indiana Office of Energy Development's 2015 Community Conservation Challenge grants. The grant will be used to fund solar panels for the church building.
As a local partner, Carmel Green Initiative applauds St. Peter's efforts to go solar. Solar power is directly aligned with our mission to build a more sustainable community, to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
St. Peter's continues to take steps to green their congregation. In 2014, St. Peter's was recognized for its multi-year project to green their grounds by using native plantings to better manage water runoff problems while at the same time creating a more sustainable environment and native habitat. Converting about 2.5 acres of grass turf to native habitat is also saving about $2,000 annually, and reducing carbon emissions by 3.7 metric tons CO2 per year, according to Interfaith Power & Light Cool Congregations.
INDIANAPOLIS, December 9, 2015 – The Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) today announced the six winners of the Community Conservation Challenge (CCC) grants. The grantees will share more than $550,000 to help support their unique, Hoosier-based community energy conservation projects.
The CCC program offers financial assistance to non-residential entities for projects that reduce an organization's energy consumption or displaces the use of traditional energy sources. By diversifying energy sources and reducing energy consumption, grantees may reduce their exposure to fueling price shocks and improve their access to affordable, reliable energy.
Recipients of the 2015 Community Conservation Challenge (CCC) grants are:
City of Fort Wayne – City Utilities - $100,000
The City of Fort Wayne will be making lighting, structural, and HVAC updates to the Three Rivers Filtration Plant’s lab building. The scope of work will have a 53 percent reduction in cooling requirements, as well as a 60 percent reduction in total energy consumption.
DePauw University - $62,523
DePauw University will utilize the funds to publically demonstrate the importance of energy conservation measures, thereby teaching residents best practices to implement new, innovative strategies in their homes and communities. DePauw will exercise four objectives: 1) updating lighting in the Neal Fieldhouse to LED lighting; 2) install a real-time energy usage device on DePauw’s campus and schools at the Greencastle School Corporation; 3) develop educational materials, and; 4) promote accomplishments locally, regionally, and nationally.
Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (HIPL) – $100,000
HIPL will install solar arrays at All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, St. Peters United Church of Christ in Carmel, Eastgate Christian Church in Indianapolis, and Neighborhood Fellowship Church in Indianapolis. Each congregation must also commit to reducing their electricity and natural gas consumption over the life of the grant through energy efficiency and conservation measures. Members of the churches will also pledge to show they have worked to conserve energy in their homes.
Lake Court House Foundation, Inc. - $100,000
The Lake Court House Foundation, Inc. will overhaul its heating and cooling systems in order to save energy and to stabilize the building’s temperature levels. Excessive exposure to temperature changes is a large cause of damage and deterioration to collections in historic buildings, such as museums. The project is estimated to save over $25,000 annually in energy costs.
Tri-Creek School Corporation - $100,000
The Tri-Creek School Corporation will add 205 solar panels (5,872 square feet) which will power 86 percent of the new transportation center’s annual electricity use. Teachers will also take production data from the solar panels and incorporate it into their curriculum. The project is estimated to save over $16,000 annually in energy costs.
University of Evansville - $90,580
The University of Evansville will install solar, photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Carver Community Organization’s Neighborhood Center, as well as convert over 1,000 florescent light bulbs to LED lighting. The estimated annual savings equals more than $14,500.
“We were very pleased with the response to this year’s CCC grant program,” said Tristan Vance, Director of the Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) and Chief Energy Officer for the State. “This competitive grant program recognizes and encourages collaborative conservation efforts for energy consumption. These projects are innovative and creative, and they will provide tangible energy savings for Hoosiers.”
October 7, 2015 Carmel, IN – Several million children and their families around the world will be taking to their feet in support of International Walk to School Day which takes place on Wednesday, October 7th. Children and their families from all schools in Carmel are encouraged to take part by walking to school on that morning.
This year Walk to School Day activities are planned at 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. All of the schools are encouraging students to walk to school and some are including walking and bicycling safety lessons in their PE classes on October 7th. Please use extra caution when driving near schools on Walk to School Day.
Thousands of schools across more than 40 countries will be organizing walk to school promotional activities and events on Walk to School Day, in an effort to reduce the number of short car trips on the daily school-run.
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. It also encourages families to actively participate and to share their experiences with a global audience. If most families who regularly drive short trips to school were to walk together just part of the way, some of the time, astonishing differences could be noticed – not the least of which is fewer fill-ups at the gas station.
Read more about this global event: http://walkbiketoschool.org/
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