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2014 Mass Transit Bill

Carmel Green Initiative has joined a broad coalition of municipalities, businesses and organizations in support of a regional mass transit system for Central Indiana.

 


 

2014 Legislative Session

  • Governor Mike Pence signed the transit bill (SB176) on March 26. Read this Indy Star article: Mass transit battle's next stop: the ballot box.
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  • In the final hours of the session, late on Mar. 13, the House and Senate passed the transit bill, Conference Committee Report. "The proposal passed despite resistance from conservatives who had concerns about the impact on taxpayers. The House voted 65-34 for the measure while the Senate voted 32-16."(1)  This was a better vote than the first time around, in both the House (52-47) and Senate (28-20).   Click here to contact your legislator online. (1) Read this Indy Star article: Mass transit bills clears legislature, heads to governor.
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  • The  Conference Committee reached a compromise on the transit bill Mar. 11, reintroducing the ban on light rail and eliminating the requirement on C-corporations. For details, click here to read the conference committee report. The bill goes back to the House and Senate.  Read more in this IBJ article: Deal on mass-transit legislation headed for vote.
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  • On Mar. 3, the House voted 52-47 in favor of the amended transit bill making it the first time a transit bill has cleared both chambers of the general assembly.  Read more in this Indy Star article: House OKs mass transit bill for Central Indiana
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  • The House amended the transit bill on Feb.27 to remove the ban on light rail allowing local governments to determine modes of transportation for themselves.   For more information about the amendments, read Indy Star article - Light rail complicates Central Indiana transit legislation
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House Ways & Means Committee
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  • On Feb. 12, 2014, the transit bill (SB176) cleared the House Roads & Transportation Committe 11-1. Rep. Speedy was the lone NO vote. The bill was amended to remove the tax on C-corporations which had been added by the Senate.

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-    Rep. Thomas Saunders, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                        YES
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  • On Feb. 4, 2014, the Senate voted 28-20 in favor of SB 176.

    According to the Senate bill, the funding mechanism requires 25% of operating costs come from fares, 10% from C-Corporations, and 65% from local income tax.  Sen. Pat Miller reported that ridership who currently pay $1.75 per ride would increase by $0.04 to $1.79 per ride. She also pointed out that to raise $7 million, C-Corporations would pay $2.50/person/year. As written, eligible counties include Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Delaware, and Madison. Each county can function independently.

    The bill requires the fiscal body of the county to pass an ordinance to put on the ballot for voters to determine through referendum if they want to approve the transit plan. It prohibits public funds from promoting the referendum. Then it would have to come back to the full fiscal body to approve by ordinance. The bill prohits light rail, allows for interlocal agreements, and public-private partnerships.

    In addition, Republicans amended the bill to prohibit labor from using binding arbitration to set wages, and transfer the authority to issue debt from the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council to Gov. Mike Pence’s administration. 

    For more information, read Indy Star Tony Cook articleIBJ article, and Carmel Business Leader.
Hamilton County Legislators VOTE
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SB 176  Bill Authors/Sponsors
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HB 1034  Bill Authors/Sponsors
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  • The 2014 Legislative Session is a short session. It begins on January 6, 2014 and ends on March 14, 2014. The bill will move quickly.  View calendar.
  • The mass transit bill will be re-introduced in the 2014 Legislative Session based on recommendations from the 2013 Study Committee report. View report.
 
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Mass Transit for Central Indiana

Energy efficient transportation is the backbone of sustainable living and economic development. Indianapolis is one of the only cities its size without a robust mass transit system which puts Central Indiana at a competitive disadvantage especially as energy costs rise.

Investing in mass transit is one of the most important things we can do to build a sustainable community, plan for long term economic growth, compete for new businesses and new jobs, and do our part to secure America's energy future.

Carmel Green Initiative has joined a broad coalition of municipalities, businesses and organizations in support of a regional mass transit system. Hamilton County supporters include Hamilton County Commissioner Christine Altman, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, Westfield Mayor Andy Cook, Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear, Fishers Town Council, the Carmel Chamber, and the Hamilton County Chamber among others.

There are many good reasons to support mass transit. CGI supports it because it offers an energy efficient and environmentally friendly transportation option for our community.

  • Take the Mass Transit Poll Do you favor mass transit? Button_MassTransit_do_you_supportYour input will be shared with Indiana state legislators. 

  • 2016 Marion County Referendum - Marion County residents will have the opportunity to vote on mass transit funding in the General Election. "Shall Marion County have the ability to impose a county economic development income tax rate, not to exceed a rate of 0.25%, to pay for improving or establishing public transportation service in the county through a public transportation project that will create a connected network of buses and rapid tranist lines; increase service frequency; extend operational hours; and implement three new rapid transit lines?".
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  • 2014 Mass Transit Bill - The mass transit bill was re-introduced in the 2014 Legislative Session.  SB176 passed the Senate and the House, and was signed into law by Gov. Pence.  The next step will be a county referendum.
  • 2013 Mass Transit Bill -  HB 1011 passed the House, but was amended in the Senate which sent the bill to a summer study committee. The bill will be re-introduced in the 2014 Legislative Session.
  • 2012 Mass Transit Bill - The 2012 Mass Transit bill would have given local citizens in Central Indiana the opportunity to have a vote on local funding of mass transit for their region.  HB 1073 received a hearing in the Ways and Means Committee on January 26, 2012 and was narrowly defeated 10-11 because controversial labor language (Right to Work) was inserted into the mass transit bill.

 

 

 
Dynamics of Climate 2015
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2-Day Professional Development Workshop for Middle and High School Science Teachers.
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Dates:  June 16-17, 2015
Times:  10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location:  Butler University, Jordan Hall, Room 170  (map)
Workshop is limited to 20 teachers/education students.
Please RSVP.
  • Work in small groups on activities you can use in your classroom.
  • Bring your laptop to review new lesson plans and discuss with group.
  • Earn Professional Development Points!
  • This class is also available for 1 credit hour of 600-level graduate credit through Butler University.  For more information about graduate credit, please contact Professor Meredith McAllister at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 317-940-8416
  • $75 Stipend available to qualifying teachers if funds are available. To qualify, you must be a middle or high school science teacher present for both days of the workshop.  Available stipends will be assigned in the order in which you RSVP.  Stipends are no longer available due to limited funding.
Participants will learn activities and lesson plans for -
  • Climate Systems
  • Greenhouse Gases
  • Greenhouse Effect
  • Carbon Cycle
  • The Earth’s Energy Budget
  • Climate Data, Variability and Change
  • Changes in the Climate System
  • Adaptations and Mitigation
  • Wedge Game
  • Action and Impacts
Facilitators:
  • Leslie Webb, Carmel Green Initiative president, trained at Purdue to facilitate this program
  • Brandy Yost, High School Biology Teacher, trained at Purdue to facilitate this program
  • Natalie Webb, Middle School Science Teacher
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007) has concluded that global warming is unequivocal and that human activity is likely the main cause. The National Research Council’s Grand Challenges in Environmental Sciences (NRC, 2000a) identified four "grand challenges" that are directly linked to climate and climate change.  Additionally, the National Science Foundation has identified climate prediction and variability as a core study area.  Hence, it is vital that adults/teachers and students learn about climate and climate change.

The workshop will address four general questions: What is a climate system and its components?  What are causes and effects of component change?  What are the impacts of these changes?  What can we do about it?  The workshop will actively engage participants in learning through a combination of large and small group activity and discussion that is driven by climate data and visualizations. Participants will gain an understanding of climate variability, the interactions of natural and human systems, and the role of climate data and modeling in decision-making.

The workshop is designed to prepare middle and high school science teachers to both understand the science of climate and climate change and the methods for effectively teaching about climate and climate change.  The workshop consists of rich data sets and visualization activities that are model learning experiences and that address the major misconceptions students and adults hold about climate, global warming and climate change. The workshop was designed to align with a conceptual framework and are: 1) grounded in the research on students’ and adults’ conceptions of climate and climate change, 2) based on instructional activities and experiences that engage participants in analyzing and interpreting climatic data sets and visualizations and that require the application of scientific concepts, and 3) designed in accordance with the research on effective teacher professional development. The workshop promotes active learning and collaboration.  Participating teachers will qualify to earn Professional Development Points.

Here's how some science teachers are planning to use the information learned at the workshops...

"I plan to incorporate this into my ecology unit. We are also practicing problem based learning, so I am interested to see what is going on at a community level."  8th grade science teacher.

"I need the best and latest data to help students understand that climate change is real."  9th grade biology teacher.

"I would like to use this information to improve the Global Climate Change unit of my Environmental Science course."  11-12th grade AP Environmental Science / Physical Geology teacher

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Click here to register.

So far, we have RSVPs from teachers at:

  • Pike High School
  • Brebeuf Jesuit
  • George Washington Community School
  • Fishers High School
  • Carmel Middle School
  • Zionsville Community High School
  • Zionsville West Middle School
  • Education Major at Butler - new teacher
  • Lincoln Middle School
  • Franklin Township Middle School East  (3)
  • Franklin Township Middle School West  (2)
  • Hamilton Southeastern High School
  • Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School
  • University High School

Past participants include teachers from:

  • Carmel High School (3)
  • Carmel Middle School
  • Creekside Middle School
  • Noblesville High School
  • Noblesville West Middle School
  • Hamilton Southeastern High School
  • Fishers High School
  • Guerin Catholic High School
  • Emma Donnan Middle School
  • Butler University

See Workshop Photos from 2015

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Teacher Lesson Plans


Thanks to our Partners, Sponsors and Facilitators!

This workshop is offered by Carmel Green Initiative in partnership with the Environmental Education Association of Indiana, the City of Carmel, and Purdue University.

This program was developed at Purdue University by the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and Agronomy  with a grant from the National Science Foundation, Geoscience Education program.  The project directors are Dan Shepardson(PI), Professor of Geoenvironmental and Science Education, Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University and Dev Niyogi (CoPI), Indiana State Climatologist and Associate Professor, Departments of Agronomy and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University.

 

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National Plug-In Day

Sunday, September 29th is the third annual National Plug-In Day! Events are2013PlugInDay_ClayTerraceChargingStation taking place in cities nationwide to celebrate plug-in vehicles, and Carmel is joining the fun.

Visit the Clay Terrace Mall on September 29, 2013 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. for the Electric Vehicle Tailgate in the parking lot behind Whole Foods Market!

At 11:30 a.m., Mayor Brainard will be joined by representatives from the Sierra Club, Duke Energy, Tom Wood Automotive Group, Energy Systems Network, the Carmel Green Initiative, and Hoosier EVA to talk about the importance of plug-in vehicle and solar technology.

The public is welcome to learn about electric vehicles and how the Clay Terrace Plug-In Ecosystem charging station uses solar power to recharge electric vehicles.

Several of the latest EV models - including a Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), Chevrolet Volt, Nissan LEAF®, battery-powered Ford Focus, and Think City electric vehicle will be on display.

EV owners are encouraged to register for the event at http://pluginday.org/event.php?eventid=73 to bring their vehicles and park at the tailgate.

National Plug-In Day is organized by the Sierra Club, Electric Auto Association, and Plug In America.

 


 

WishTV reported on the event - http://www.wishtv.com/news/local/carmel-celebrates-national-plug-in-day

 


 

Carmel Green Initiative is happy to participate in the National Plug-In Day event to help raise awareness about electric vehicle and solar technologies.

How green are electric vehicles? Well, it depends on how clean your electricity is. Electricity fuel mix (coal, nuclear, gas, renewables) varies greatly by region. Indiana has one of the nation's dirtiest grids because of its heavy reliance on coal.

According to the Energy Information Administration, each kWh of electricity produces roughly about 2.08 lbs of CO2.  The Union of Concerned Scientist has conducted a comprehensive analysis of the global warming emissions of electric vehicles and presented them in easy to understand terms.  For example, in Indiana, the Nissan Leaf which gets about 0.34 kWh/mile produces carbon emissions equivalent to a car that gets 32 mpg. For the Chevy Volt, it's 30 mpg. So if you're upgrading from an old minivan that gets about 18 mpg, the Nissan Leaf is definately greener. But if you're shopping for the greenest car, it's hard to beat the Prius Hybrid which gets about 50 mpg.

Our mission is to help build a more sustainable community and so we want to take a closer look at the solar panels at the Clay Terrace charging station.  It's this renewable energy piece that makes electric vehicles truly sustainable. Without it, we are simply shifting carbon emissions from the tailpipe to the smokestack because almost all of our electricity comes from coal.

Given the environmental impact of carbon emissions, we believe that we need to clean the grid and deploy electric vehicles simultaneously, not sequentially.  These two technologies need to go hand-in-hand. The solar enhanced charging station at Clay Terrace is a wonderful example of how this can be accomplished.  Going forward, we would encourage the City and electric utilities to require all new electric charging stations to have a solar power component. Solar power is essential to building a sustainable community.

Taking a look at the Clay Terrace Plug-in Ecosystem, how much electricity would you say comes from the solar panels?  Is it 100%, 50% or 5%?   Solar technology is so new that the average person might assume that all or most of the electricity comes from the solar panels.  But that's not the case.

These solar panels are primarily for demonstration purposes.  They produce a fraction of the system's design capacity. Most of the electricity is designed to come from the grid. In fact, to put it in perspective, the electricity generated by these solar panels produce less than 5% of the system's design capacity. The rest would be supplied by the grid.  To really clean the grid and get 100% solar, you'd need about 10 times as many solar panels.

But there's another way to look at these solar panels. The electricity generated from these panels is enough to charge roughly over 1000 Chevy Volt batteries a year.  That's a step in the right direction.  We'd like to see all new charging station have a solar component.

Download pdf - How Green are Electric Vehicles?

 

 

 

 
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