Saturday, September 27, 2014
9 am to 5 pm
Carmel Clay Public Library
Open to science teachers and the general public

Participants will learn about -

  • 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

Saturday, October 4, 2014
9 am to 5 pm
Carmel Clay Public Library
For Middle and High School Science Teachers Only

  • Teachers are strongly encouraged to attend both workshops, and will qualify to earn Professional Development Points.
  • Bring your laptop!
  • Work in small groups to review climate lesson plans.
  • Each teacher will pick out one lesson and prepare a presentation of that lesson to share with the group. (About a 10 minute presentation)
  • Review of website and materials
  • 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
  • Olivia Kellner, Purdue University, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Climate Specialist, Indiana State Climate Office,
  • Natalie Webb, Middle School Science Teacher
These Purdue workshops are offered by Carmel Green Initiative in partnership with the City of Carmel, and the Carmel Clay Public Library.  Space is limited. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Click here to register. Registration ends Sept 2.  But, there are a few spots left, so we're extending registration to Sept 15.
If you're a teacher from Clay Middle or Westfield, please contact Leslie Webb at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register.

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 workshops 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 workshops 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.

For Teachers: The workshops are 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 workshops consist 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 workshops were 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 workshops promote active learning and collaboration. Teachers are encouraged to attend both workshops.  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


See Workshop Photos

Teacher Lesson Plans

Indiana Academic Standards - Science

Thanks to our Partners, Sponsors and Facilitators!

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.





Music for Social Change
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana Interchurch Center
Michigan Road and 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN

The Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter is prsenting Music for Social Change, Tom Neilson in concert in Indianapolis. Click here for more information. Advance tickets are $10 ($15 at the door or $10 with a student ID). This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sustainable Living Seminar: Going Solar
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Carmel Clay Public Library
55 4th Avenue Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032

Where do you think the largest airport based solar farm in the United States is located?  How about at the Indianapolis International Airport!  This solar farm consists of 44,128 panels, producing 12.5 megawatts of power on 75 acres of land.  The facility has the capacity to generate more than 16.5 million kilowatt hours of electric energy annually, enough to power more than 1,800 average American homes for a year.  Come hear Mr. Albert Chen, founder and President of Telamon Corporation, talk about our amazing solar farm.

Does hearing about solar farms make you start to think about how you might take advantage of solar technology?  Would you like to be “Going Solar” but don’t know where to start?  SIREN volunteers, Darrell Boggess and Ray Wilson will discuss the costs, financial incentives and carbon savings for residential solar energy systems.  Have your questions answered by local green energy experts.

Learn about solar for your home from House Smarts











Community Recycling Drives
On occasion, the City of Carmel, a local church, school or business, will host a Recycling Drive. These community recycling drives will be listed below.  Many thanks to all who are working to make recycling more convenient in our community!

Crime Stoppers Shred-It-Day
Saturday April 20, 2013
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Merchants Square (NW corner of Keystone Parkway & 116th St.) in the p
arking lot near Petco.

  • Free Electronics & Appliance Recycling ($5 charge for TVs & Monitors)
  • Document shredding ($5.00 for a bankers box size or equivalent). Proceeds benefit Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.
  • Free Prescription Drug Disposal
  • Used Book Donation Drive for Indy Reads

This is a joint event with Carmel Utilities and CHS Carmel Area Roots & Shoots, DAO, Technology Recyclers, DEA and Indy Books.

Sustainable Living Seminar: Vanishing of the Bees

Thursday, February 27, 2014  bees
6:30 - 8:30 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 the video documentary "Vanishing of the Bees"

Imagine half a million adults skipping town and leaving their children behind. Picture an opened suitcase filled with bundles of cash at a bus stop and yet no robber wants to snatch it. The apiary science mystery known as “Colony Collapse Disorder” displays these very symptoms. Not only do the bees abandon their hive, but the queen and the brood as well.  Even the predators that usually raid the hive for honey stay far away. At first, this occurrence sounds like an urban legend or an exaggerated tale. But it’s not. The situation is both dire and all too real. Bees are disappearing all over the planet.  Why is this important?  These prime pollinators are responsible for one third of the food we eat, including most of the fruits, vegetables, nuts and even alfalfa used to feed livestock. In America, this amounts to about $18 billion in annual sales.

According to H.R. 2692, pollination services are a vital part of agricultural production, valued at over $125,000,000,000 globally and worth $20,000,000,000 to $30,000,000,000 in agricultural production annually in the United States.  The Center for Food Safety is advocating for the suspension of neonics until a full review of scientific evidence indicates they are safe and a field study demonstrates no harmful impacts to pollinators.

Join us for the screening of the documentary "Vanishing of the Bees."  After the movie, Mac Williams, a local beekeeper and member of the Indiana Beekeepers Association, will give his perspective on the vanishing bee phenomena.   Claire Lane of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District will talk about how you can help by planting a pesticide-free pollinator garden to attract the bees we so desperately need.



Stop using neonicotinoid pesticides.

1. Stop using neonicotinoid pesticides in your yard, farm or property. Neonicoitinoids include imidacloprid, Acetimacloprid, Clothianidin, Thiacloprid, Thiamethoxam, Dinotefuran and Nitenpyram.

2. Gardeners Beware: Bee-Toxic Pesticides Found in “Bee-Friendly” Plants Sold at Garden Centers Nationwide - Friends of the Earth &

3. Pollinators & Pesticides - Center for Food Safety, September 2013

Plant a "Pollinator Garden"

Bees are also being hurt by poor nitrition and a lack of a variety of nectar and pollen sources. Plant bee-friendly flowers.

1. Another thing to consider is where to buy your plants.  Big box store routinely use pesticides in their garden centers and should be avoided when possible.The Hamilton County Master Gardener's Association will have their one day only 16th Annual Plant Sale on Sat., May 17, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds - Exhibit Hall.  These are plants grown by Master Gardeners and include free gardening information and expert planting advice.  There are also native trees for sale.

2. Selecting plants for pollinators - Regional guide for farmers, land managers and gardeners

Support Legislation to Protect our Pollinators

1.Tell your Representative to support the Save America's Pollinators Act and protect our bees! The Center for Food Safety is advocating for the suspension of neonics until a full review of scientific evidence indicates they are safe and a field study demonstrates no harmful impacts to pollinators.  Check the list of sponsors who have signed on to HR 2692 at Congress.Gov

2. Call on EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to make pollinator protections a priority! Sign a petition at to request an immediate moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

3. Tell President Obama to stand up for bees! The Obama Administration issued a memorandom establishing a new Pollinator Health Task Force to conduct research on pollinator declines and create a public education campaign to teach people how to protect. It also provides funding to create new bee habitats in 5 states. But it falls far short of what's needed. The plan fails to take definitive action on neonicontinoid pesticides, a key factor contributing to the bee die-offs and they could do something about now.

4. New pesticide labels will better protect pollinators, EPA













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