Greening the Statehouse
Saturday, November 19, 2016 HEC_logo
9 a.m. to 4 p.m
Boone County Fairgrounds

Join us at the Hoosier Environmental Council's 9th annual Greening the Statehouse Forum to learn about key environmental issues facing Indiana, such as water pollution, environmental justice, clean energy and sustainable agriculture.

Keynote Speaker: Melissa Mays, one of the most prominent advocates for clean water in the midst of the Flint Michigan water crisis.

Jesse Kharbanda, Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, oversees HEC’s strategic and program development, legislative initiatives, operations, and fundraising. Kharbanda has spearheaded focusing HEC’s efforts on three core initiatives: clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and 21st century transportation systems. Kharbanda has been named to the "Forty Under 40" list by the Indianapolis Business Journal, a "Rising Star" by the Indianapolis Star, and was the sole Indianapolis-based community leader named to Delta Omega, the national public health honorary, in 2010. Kharbanda has a M.A. in economics from Oxford University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Click here to learn more and register!


Energy Conservation for your Congregation

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
7 to 9 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis
615 W 43rd St, Indianapolis, just south of Butler University

October is Energy Awareness Month.  This free, educational event about ways your congregation can go green will help reduce energy expenses.  Please share this information with your green ministry, or the green team or maintenance person at your congregation.

The Indianapolis Green Congregations is presenting a Conversation on Church Energy Conservation. You will learn the basics of energy conservation for buildings including:

  • Energy Audit Basics
  • Tracking Energy Usage
  • Resources Available to Congregations Seeking to Reduce Energy Consumption

Click here to view flier .


This workshop is free and open to all faiths.

We are hoping to get 10 Carmel congregations to attend this workshop.

You may register online or by calling 317-283-4760.


Sustainable Agriculture

Friday October 29 and Saturday October 30, 2010
Englewood Christian Church - 57 N Rural St - Indianapolis, IN

A Rooted People: Church, Place and Agriculture in an Urban World

Englewood Christian Church has invited several speakers to lead a conversation reflecting church, place, food, community and agriculture.

Keynote Speakers: 
* Fred Bahnson: Kellogg Fellow, Writer and Co-founder of Anathoth Community Garden

* Claudio Oliver: Pastor and community developer from urban Curitiba, Brazil.

* Martin Price: Former Director of Educational Concerns For Hunger Organization (ECHO)

* Ragan Sutterfield: Arkansas Farmer/Writer, Author of FARMING AS A SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE

Registration and more info here:

Contact: Chris Smith  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it of Englewood Christian Church, Indianapolis


2010 Indy Solar Tour
The 2010 Indy Solar Tour was held on Saturday, October 2, 2010 to provide local residents with an a practical, hands-on, educational opportunity to see operating solar thermal and solar photovoltaic, small wind, as well as energy efficiency and other renewable energy technologies at various locations in the greater Indianapolis area.  The kick-off was held at the Cool Creek Nature Center.


Join us at Rock the District

Saturday, July 24th from Noon to 9 pm at the Arts & Design District.

Be sure to visit our booth (located on Main, west of the Monon) where you can enter for a chance to win eco-friendly prizes.   We’ll also have an update on city-wide curbside trash and recycling and more.   Special thanks to our eco-raffle sponsors: Whole Foods Markets and Thermo-Scan Inspections.

Raffle Prizes

  • Stainless Steel Water Bottle from Whole Foods- Are you addicted to bottled water? If you schlep a 24-pak home every week, it adds up to over 1,200 plastic bottles a year.  That’s a lot of money for water that’s not as well regulated as the tap.  It’s also a lot of oil! According to the EPA, the total estimated energy needed to make, transport, and dispose of one plastic bottle of water is equivalent to filling the same bottle one-quarter full of oil!  If you’ve got a drinking problem, maybe it’s time to kick the habit with a really cool water bottle.  Please note: in order for a stainless steel bottle to have a lower carbon footprint than plastic, you have to offset over 500 plastic bottles.   Read more

  • Home Energy Audit from Thermo-Scan Inspections Are you ready to take the next big step to going green?  Is your home air-tight?  Do you have enough insulation? Is the HVAC airflow system balanced?  Do you have any serious energy hogs?  Thermo-Scan will help you identify ways to save energy and save money.  Estimated value $300.

Hope to see you there!


Whole Foods MarketCarmel Green Initiative was selected as the Whole Foods Market Community Support Day recipient for our work on sustainability. This is really quite an honor as Whole Foods teams up with a local, nonprofit organization as a way of giving back to the community - only four times a year!   On June 16th, Whole Foods will feature the Carmel Green Initiative from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at both the Clay Terrace and Nora locations.

On Wednesday, June 16th
when you shop at
Whole Foods Market
at Clay Terrace and Nora
5% of the day’s net sales
will be donated to
Carmel Green Initiative

See Flier

Free Raffle
Enter to win
a green gift bag
of eco-friendly products

Estimated value: $75


Win a gift bag
of healthy goodies

Estimated value $95

See details below.


Whole Foods will provide finger foods for you to sample.  Carmel Green Initiative volunteers will be on hand to tell you about all the good green things we’re doing  and how you can get involved to help make our community more sustainable. We'lll provide information on plans for city-wide curbside recycling, and raffle a ‘green’ gift bag full of environmentally-friendly  and a gift bag of healthy goodies.

Eco-Friendly Goodies:

  • programmable thermostat
  • 13-, 60- and 75-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Food waste BioBag
  • Green Savings Indy coupon book (green savings up to $800)
  • Recycled content garbage bags
  • Acrylic latex caulk
  • Eco-friendly cleaning cloths
  • Biodegradable sponges
  • Window insulation kit
  • Adhesive weatherstrip
  • Draft stoppers
  • 1 package of foam electrical outlet insulators
  • Low-flow shower head
  • Faucet flow restrictors, aerators
  • Hot water gauge
  • Hand-made afghan

Estimated value:  $75.00

Healthy Goodies:

  • Barlean's Omega Swirl flax oil
  • Green powder
  • Fruition bars
  • Pro bars
  • Xlear nasal spray
  • Assorted Spry sugar free gum
  • Barlean's t-shirt

Estimated value:  $95.00

Please join us if you can, even if it's just for awhile.   Be sure to tell your family and friends to shop at Whole Foods on the Wednesday before Father's Day.. You definitely want to get in on the raffle!











Carmel Free Appliance Recycling

Time: Saturday, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th

Place: Pickup at your home by Appointment!

On Saturday, the 24th, the City of Carmel has arranged for Disposal Alternates Organization crews to pick up large items for recycling, by appointment, that are difficult to drop off. This would include household appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, stoves, ovens, furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners and yard maintenance equipment such as lawn mowers. DAO will also pick up other items that are difficult to transport including large office equipment, mattresses, box springs, large playground equipment (broken down).

To schedule a pick up time with DAO, please call (317) 375-7788 or schedule online by emailing name, address, phone number and a description of recyclables to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For a full list of items accepted for recycling click here

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