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ARBOR DAY CEREMONY

ARBOR DAY AT THE FARMER’S MARKET

Carmel Urban Forestry to give tips and free tree seedlings at May 6 event

2017 – Carmel will recognize its 29th Arbor Day on Saturday, May 6th at the opening day of the Carmel Farmers Market on Center Green.  The City of Carmel along with the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee will be present at Booth #9 from 8-11:30 a.m. to answer landscaping questions and provide guidance on proper tree planting, mulching and pruning while also handing out free tree seedlings including; Kentucky coffeetree, shagbark hickory and Norway spruce.

Carmel was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. This is the 23rd consecutive year the City has been honored for its commitment to urban forest management. Carmel also received its 21st consecutive Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Everyone benefits when we educate and implement proper tree care practices. All we have to do is look around this spring season to see all the beauty the urban forest gives to our community,” said Nichole Speth, Carmel Urban Forestry Specialist.  “Only when trees are cared for properly will they grow and provide countless environmental, social and economic benefits.”

The urban forestry staff along and the Urban Forestry Committee will present the annual Donna Manlove Award and the Commercial Beautification Award to the recipients at a later date during the next CNAN meeting.

Please visit us at our booth where there will be International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists and City Urban Forestry staff to answer your questions.

 

 


 

 

2015 - Carmel will hold its 27th Annual Arbor Day Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2nd at the opening day of the Carmel Farmers Market on Center Green.  The City of Carmel along with the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee will be present at Booth #9 from 8-11:30 a.m. to answer landscaping questions and promote proper tree planting, mulching and pruning while providing free tree seedlings for attendees.  A ceremony at the Rotary Amphitheater will begin sharply at 9:30 a.m. with Mayor Brainard reading the Arbor Day Proclamation and the Urban Forestry Committee presenting the annual Donna Manlove Award.

Carmel was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. This makes the 21st consecutive year the City has been honored for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Moreover, Carmel received its 19th consecutive Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Everyone benefits when we educate and implement proper tree care practices. All we have to do is look around this spring season and see all the beauty the urban forest gives to our community,” said Nichole Speth, Urban Forestry Specialist for the City of Carmel.  “Only when trees are cared for properly will they grow and provide countless environmental, social and economic benefits.”  Please join us at the Arbor Day Ceremony on May 2nd at 9:30 a.m. at the Rotary Amphitheatre.

Source: City of Carmel

 

 

 

 
Carmel to bring Bike-Sharing Program to City

February 13, 2015 – The City of Carmel is excited to announce a new bike-sharing program designed to provide active transportation options for local residents, workers and visitors who seek a safe and convenient way to access the City’s vibrant developments and corporate corridors. Plans call for the bikes to be ready for rental by mid-March and the system can be easily operated using cell phone technology.

The Mayor has signed a contract with Zagster, a leader in bike sharing programs for the real estate industry and universities across the country. From the city’s initial investment, entities such as Carmel Clay Parks, local hotels, shopping districts, corporate office parks, neighborhood associations and individual businesses will be able to establish their own connection points for what will become a city-wide active transportation network, funded by users and both public and private sectors. The City also hopes adjacent communities will also participate, providing connectivity throughout the north side of Indianapolis and Hamilton County.

“Carmel is proud to be recognized as a bicycle-friendly community and with our 90-plus roundabouts and 125 miles of multi-use paths, we have always placed a high value on transportation alternatives for both residents and visitors,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “Zagster was one of the first companies to establish a bike-sharing program in the U.S. and the company has been successful in developing individually-tailored systems for mixed-use developments and universities such as Duke and Yale. It’s also a nice connection that Carmel-based Allegion is a provider of the automated locks used by Zagster.”

Under the bike sharing program, users will be able to establish their own accounts through Zagster and then be able to rent a bike from one rack and return to it any of the other racks. For users, the bikes will cost $3 an hour to rent with a cap of $24 for up to a 24-hour period. A $15 monthly or $75 annual fee would include unlimited rides under one hour, with additional hours being charged at $3 an hour to a maximum of $24 for up to a 24-hour period. As the system expands in Carmel and beyond, each individual entity that provides bikes and docks will have the ability to set its own rates.

The City will pay Zagster $1,320 per year per bike, plus a one-time set-up fee of $8,600, which includes two bike docks with automated locking systems, 16 adult bikes, the maintenance and repositioning of the bikes and customer services. One dock will be located near the Monon Greenway in the Carmel Arts & Design District. The second dock will be at City Center. The agreement also calls for the city to receive 93 percent of the net usage fees from the fare box revenues.

For more information on Zagster, go to www.zagster.com

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Bicentennial Green Legacy Community Award

Carmel Mayor, City Honored for Sustainability Efforts

CARMEL, IN – Sustainable Indiana 2016 and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission  Bicentennial_Green_Legacy_Community_Awardpresented Mayor Jim Brainard and the city of Carmel its esteemed Bicentennial Green Legacy Community Award recently at the Sustainable Living Seminar hosted by Carmel Green Initiative at the Carmel Clay Public Library.

The award was in recognition of the city’s implementation of a wide range of energy efficiency measures that save energy resources, reduce environmental impact and save tax dollars.  The measures include the purchase of hybrid and bio-fuel city vehicles since 2005, a city curbside recycling program, the encouragement of mixed-use developments, use of roundabouts to reduce pollution from idling vehicles and the creation and expansion of walkable paths and public spaces.

“This award recognizes that Carmel through the mayor's leadership and community engagement has distinguished itself as being a model of sustainability and is on a path that is exemplary,” said John Gibson, state coordinator for Sustainable Indiana 2016. “We're proud to acknowledge and celebrate with you what you’re doing here in Carmel. It’s going to make life better and more livable for generations to come.”

Sustainable Indiana 2016 is a bicentennial citizen's initiative of Earth Charter Indiana established to identify and celebrate models of sustainability as a part of the bicentennial legacy.  Sustainable Indiana 2016 is one of 100 endorsed legacy projects by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission which has four major themes: nature and conservation, youth and education, historical celebration, and community involvement.

“What better legacy can we leave for our children than cities and communities that are better places to live, better places to work and better places to raise a family. I want to applaud the mayor, the city council and the citizens who have worked to make Carmel deserving of this special recognition. As your community continues to make this city a greener place, you'll create a history worth remembering, and a better place for your children,” said Perry Hammock, executive director of the gubernatorial appointed Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

Leslie Webb, president of Carmel Green Initiative added: “We applaud Mayor Brainard for his leadership on sustainability, energy conservation and climate change.  And we applaud the countless green efforts by individuals at Carmel schools, congregations, businesses and residences who care about protecting the environment for future generations. This is a green legacy we can all be proud of as we celebrate the bicentennial and Indiana's future.”

Mayor Brainard, who serves on the President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resiliency and the Energy Independence and Climate Protection Task Force and Advisory Board of Directors for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, thanked the Commission for the honor.

“On behalf of the citizens of Carmel, I accept this award in recognition of the efforts of many who work tirelessly to create a high quality, vibrant city that also respects our environment and strives to embrace the ideals of conservation that have been a part of American history for many decades,” said Mayor Brainard.

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About the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial Commission
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission (IBC) is a gubernatorial appointed, fifteen member commission, chaired by former Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and former Congressman Lee Hamilton charged with overseeing the planning and execution of a statewide celebration for Indiana’s 200th birthday. Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial celebration aims to honor our state’s 200 years of history, but do so in a modern way that engages all 6.5 million Hoosiers and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations. The commission encourages every community in Indiana to take part in this unique celebration.  First Lady Karen Pence serves as the official Bicentennial Ambassador. Visit  www.indiana2016.org to learn more about Indiana’s bicentennial history in the making.

About Sustainable Indiana 2016
Sustainable Indiana 2016 is a program of Earth Charter Indiana to inspire and advance sustainable, just and peaceful living in Indiana by promoting the values and principles of the Earth Charter.  To learn more, visit earthcharterindiana.org

About Carmel Green Initiative
Carmel Green Initiative (CGI) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization formed in 2008 and dedicated to building a more sustainable community through partnerships and collaboration with the City of Carmel, as well as Carmel schools, congregations, businesses, community groups and homeowners. To learn more, visit carmelgreen.org


 
IPL announces plans to convert last coal plant to gas

CLEANER AIR COMING SOON IPL_Harding_Street_Coal_Plant__map TO A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR YOU!!!

August 15, 2014 -  Indianapolis Power & Light announced plans on Friday to convert its aging coal-fired Harding Street power plant entirely to natural gas by 2016 if approved by state regulators.  This announcement came just 3 days before the Indianapolis City-County Council vote on a resolution calling on IPL to shift away from burning coal in Marion county.

The 55 year old plant is located on the near southwest side and serves electricity to Marion County and southern portions of Carmel.  In May, IPL received approval from the IURC to convert the smaller units 5 and 6 at Harding Street from coal to natural gas. If the switch is approved for the 427 megawatt Unit 7, IPL’s fuel mix would shift from 79% coal in 2007 to 44% in 2017.

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Coal-fired power plants are a leading source of soot and toxic pollution in Central Indiana’s air.  According to the American Lung Association, the Indianapolis-Carmel-Muncie metro area ranks 16th in the nation in particulate pollution, or soot, which can contribute to severe asthma attacks, lung damage, heart problems, increased hospitalizations and even premature death. In 2012, the Harding Street plant released more than 1.6 million pounds of toxic pollution and accounted for about 88 percent of all of Marion County’s toxic industrial emissions, according to EPA data.

"Natural gas is an interim fuel but this is a huge step forward that will dramatically improve our air quality," said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard.  "The mercury and other levels are among some of the worst in the nation; Indy is the largest city in the US still using a coal plant in an urbanized area....and it blows towards Carmel."

The decision to stop burning coal at Harding Street is good news for public health in our region. It's also good news for our climate. The Harding Street coal-fired power plant releases over 3 million tons of climate pollution every year. The shift from bituminous coal to natural gas will reduce carbon emissions by 43%.

IPL officials also said IPL_Harding_Street_Coal_Plant_coal_ash_pondsthe Harding Street coal ash ponds will be closed. The unlined lagoons pose a threat to groundwater contamination.

According to the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign,the retirement of the Harding Street unit 7 boiler would be the 500th unit to be retired since 2010.

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