We can build a healthier, more beautiful and sustainable planet, when everybody pitches in!  Join forces with others who are committed to a greener world.  There are a many ways to get involved!  You can help build a more sustainable community by volunteering as little as 2 hours!

Help staff the CGI table at community events. These volunteer opportunities require no prep and are limited to a few hours of your time. It's a great way to meet people and let them know about local environmental sustainability efforts.  There are several events throughout the year to choose from. Choose one to get started.

Join the team to help plan & organize the seminars at the Carmel Clay Public Library. This is a great way to raise environmental awareness, and requires 1-2 planning meetings prior to the event, plus the day of the event. There are 2 seminars in the spring and 2 in the fall.  Or just help out for a couple hours on the day of the seminar.

The Promise Project is a youth-led program for kids.  It empowers Carmel youth to ask their leaders to keep their promise to protect the future for their generation. Youth are encouraged to get involved to make a difference.  Adults can volunteer to help mentor youth leaders.

On a Saturday in March, the City of Carmel joins cities around the world to turn off the lights at City Hall.  By taking part in Earth Hour, the City of Carmel acknowledges its commitment to energy conservation and actions that benefit the planet. There are a couple ways to participate.

Carmel Green Initiative hosts an annual environmental art contest in collaboration with several community partners to raise awareness about energy conservation and earth stewardship through art. This community education initiative runs from October to May. There are several ways to participate from volunteering just a couple hours to helping plan the art contest.

Carmel Green Initiative offers a professional development workshop for middle and high school science teachers in June to give them lesson plans and activities for teaching about climate and climate change.  This is a 2 day workshop, usually in June.  There are several ways to get involved from volunteering just a couple hours during the workshop to helping plan the workshop.

Are you passionate about recycling? Lend-A-Bin is a free loan program of portable recycling bins to promote recycling at community events. This volunteer opportunity requires 1-2 hours a month year round.

Assist with website, facebook and twitter year round for an average of about 2 hours a month.


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MassTransit Forum

Thursday, November 8, 2012 MassTransitMapNorth
7:00 p.m.
Carmel Clay Public Library
55 4th Avenue Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032

We're delighted to partner with the Carmel Clay Public Library to present a program on mass transit.  Would you like to see expanded transit service in Central Indiana? Do you want to better understand the role of the general public and state and local elected officials in making that a reality?  Join representatives from Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority (CIRTA) and the Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit (ICAT) to learn more about the regional effort to secure dedicated, local funding for transit, and how you can participate in the coordinated advocacy efforts of ICAT partners.

  • Kim Irwin, Executive Director of the Alliance for Health Promotion
  • Ehren Bingaman, Executive Director for the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA).
  • Ron Gifford, Executive Vice President for public policy at the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
  • Jerry Torr, State Representative Dist. 39
  • Hamilton County elected officials have also been invited so they may share their views on mass transit.


Click here for a 2012 policy perspective on mass transit.

The districts have here to find your representatives.

SURVEY: Do you favor mass transit? Your input will be shared with Indiana state legislators.  Take survey

Carmel Green Initiative is grateful for the opportunity to team up with the Carmel Clay Public Library, Indy Connect and the Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit (ICAT), Alliance for Health Promotion, Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA) and CGI members for this educational program.  Thanks also to the "alternative transportation" sponsors: The Bike Line and The Runners Forum.  Together we can make Carmel, and the world, a more beautiful and healthier place to live.






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Chronology of the Trash and Recycling Ordinance

After months of debate and delays, the Carmel City Council passed the trash and recycling ordinance at the July 18, 2011 council meeting.

Thanks to all who actively engaged in the legislative process by contacting your councilors, participating in surveys, and raising your voice at council meetings. The City survey showed approximately 70% of respondents in favor of a city trash and recycling ordinance.  Over 400 residents (~95%) voted in favor of recycling on the CGI poll.   Over 42 residents spoke in support at various Council meetings.  The Carmel Clay School District, Carmel Chamber and various HOAs also supported the ordinance.

This page provides a brief chronology of the legislative process. Click here to learn about the trash & recycling program..

Sustainable Living Seminar: Greening Your Lawn
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Carmel Clay Public Library

ChemicalReactionIt’s the time of the year when we are thinking about those beautiful, green lawns.  But is your lawn really “green”?

Learn how lawn care chemicals are dangerous for your family's health and how to transition to organic lawn care.

View the movie “Chemical Reaction” about how the little village of Hudson, Quebec took action to protect its citizens from lawn care chemicals.  A brief discussion on organic lawn care will follow the movie.

Students will learn why it's important  to stay off the lawn after an application.

Adults will learn about alternative, organic lawn care options from Lynn Jenkins of Indiana Organic Gardeners Association.



Enter to win one of these door prizes to get you started on organic lawn care.

  • $100 Natural Lawn gift certificate
  • 20 pound bag of organic herb and vegetable food from Habig


Carmel Green Initiative is grateful for the opportunity to team up with the Carmel Clay Public Library, the Indiana Organic Gardener's Association, the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter, and CGI members for this educational program. Together we can make Carmel, and the world, a more beautiful and healthier place to live.

Please RSVP



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Your Home Energy Assessment

Having an energy audit done on your home is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to go green.  Schedule a FREE Home Energy Assessment to find ways to save energy and save money.  The assessment takes about an hour and can be scheduled at your convenience.  You’ll learn a lot and receive a detailed report about your home’s energy profile as well as a free gift worth about $50.

There is no cost to you to participate in this energy conservation education program. Carmel Green Initiative will receive a small donation on your behalf.

To participate, please sign-up!.


Recycling Bill

HB 1234 -- Recycled newsprint fee. Not sure at this point whether this bill will move.  Please stay tuned. If you wish to receive email updates on this bill (if it moves), please indicate  on the green policy survey.


Recycling Bins for Your Next Event
  • School Social/Carnival
  • Church Bazaar
  • Sports Event
  • Graduation Party
  • Neighborhood Party
  • Anywhere you have lots to recycle!

ClearStreamRecyclingBinNo matter how big or small, we're happy to provide you with portable recycling collection bins for your next event! Besides the cost of the bags, there will be NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE as long as the bins are returned clean and on time and the Post Event Form/Photos are submitted in a timely manner.  The credit card will be charged $55 per bin damaged or not returned.  The ClearStream recycling containers require a special sized liner, which is 40" x 45". We recommend a clear bag, so they are easily recognized as a recycling container and not a trash can!  We will provide you one free liner per bin you borrow.  Each additional liner after that will cost $1.00 each.  There is a small Usage Fee to borrow the bins, however, this fee is waived if the Post Event Form/ Photos are submitted within 1 month following your event.

CAFO Bills

CAFO Bills would provide better pollution controls on large scale, corporate animal farms/factories.   More information forthcoming.  If you wish to receive email updates on these bills (if they move), please indicate  on the green policy survey.

Annual Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Carmel Clay Public Library
55 4th Avenue Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 571-4281


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