Carmel “green” teen group is $10,000 “Green Heroes” grant finalist

Carmel Area Roots & Shoots needs your online votes!

The local youth environmental/humanitarian group, partnered with the Carmel Green Initiative, is one of ten national finalists in the Clorox GreenWorks "Green Heroes" grant contest to promote the growth of eco-friendly community projects across the country.

Until April 10, anyone over age 18 can vote online daily at for their favorite projects.  If the Carmel "green" teen group receives enough votes, they will win $10,000 to help make Carmel a greener community.

Carmel Area Roots & Shoots needs your online votes! The group's project idea - the Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program -- aims to empower local youth by providing funding for 22 visible, youth-driven, eco-friendly community projects.  Carmel Middle School student and Carmel Area Roots & Shoots group leader Lauren Gibson explains, "We applied for one large grant to get money to break into multiple smaller grants."

The $10,000 grand prize would be divided into $250, $500, and $1,000 micro-grants to be offered to Carmel-area scouting, school, church, and other youth groups for green projects over the next two years.  Youth from Carmel Area Roots & Shoots will partner with adults from the Carmel Green Initiative to administer and award the micro-grants.

"We hope everyone will go online and vote for our project so we can make this a reality," said Gibson, "It would be a shame to let this opportunity slip away."

Voters are allowed one vote per email per day, now through April 10.