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













America Recycles Day Drop-Off and Pick-up Service
Saturday, November 12, 2011
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Carmel High School Stadium
NW corner of Keystone Parkway & 136th St.

Recycling items accepted: Appliances, Computers, Printers, Cell Phones, All Batteries, Glass Bottles, Plastic Bottles, Cardboard, VCR’s, Stereos, Keyboards, Mice, Power Tools, Speakers, Wiring, Metals, Lawn Mowers, Motor Oil,  Mattresses*, Monitors*, Televisions* (* last 3 have a $5 fee) .
On the 12th, DAO crews will, at no charge, pick up items that are difficult to drop off, such as:  washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, stoves, ovens, lawn mowers, mattresses, box springs, water heaters, air conditioners, large office equipment, furnaces, large playground equipment (broken down) and other large items by appointment.  To schedule a pick-up, residents should call DAO at (317) 375-7788
Connecting Mass Transit to You


Thursday, November 14, 2013  MassTransitMapNorth_V2
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 'Connecting Mass Transit to You.'

Get updated and new information about the proposed Red and Green Lines serving Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville. Speakers will address key issues and dispel common myths regarding transit. Sean Northup, Assistant Executive Director for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization will provide new information on the proposed Red and Green Lines.  Mike Hollibaugh, Director of Community Services for the City of Carmel will discuss Carmel's long term transportation strategies and the vision for transportation including transit, bikes and buses.  Jeff Kingsbury of Greenstreet Ltd. will address some of the myths about transit.

During the 2013 legislative session, your State representatives had an opportunity to pass a bill that would have allowed you to vote on mass transit funding through a County referendum.  While the State House passed the bill, the Senate sent it to a Summer Study Committee. For more information about the Summer Study Committee, please go to For more information about the 2013 legislative session, please go to

Not sure who your elected officials are? Click here to find your representatives.


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




Carmel Green Initiative is grateful for the opportunity to team up with the Carmel Clay Public Library, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City of Carmel, Complete Streets and CGI members for this educational program.  Thanks to our friends at Indy Connect, the Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit (ICAT), Alliance for Health Promotion, and Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA) for helping us get the word out.  Together we can make Carmel, and the world, a more beautiful and healthier place to live.....







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.


If you have questions or would like information on current volunteer opportunities, dates and times, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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..

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