February 2021 Newsletter

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love your kids and grandkids, protect the climate to protect their future!  Here are some green updates…

Catch Up on Climate Related Bills at the Statehouse

Even though it’s a little dated already, this IndyStar article provides a great summary of environmental bills introduced this session.  To get the latest updates, check out these upcoming opportunities:

Sustainable Energy Forum  Join the Hoosier Environmental Council for an online panel discussion on leading sustainable energy issues, including rooftop solar, utility-scale renewable energy, coal plant retirement planning, and electric vehicles!  Thurs. Feb.18, 5:30 p.m. 

Mid-Session Legislative Update  Join us for a webinar on key environmental, energy and climate bills as they crossover between House and Senate and learn what you can do to make a positive difference in the second half of the session.  Thurs. Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.  

IU Environmental Resilience Institute

Agriculture & Climate Change   Learn about agriculture practices that may mitigate the climate change impacts on crops and reduce its footprint.  Fri. Feb. 19, Noon 

Is Carbon Pricing Enough?   Hear Severin Borenstein discuss whether a suite of policies can efficiently address climate change while also improving equity.   Fri. Feb. 19, 3:30 p.m. 

Science, Economics & Politics at the EPA    Hear authors discuss the book “Fifty Years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Progress, Retrenchment, and Opportunities.  Wed. Feb. 24, Noon 

Kudos to…

Leo Berry, 5th grade, for his amazing civic engagement on the anti-wetlands bill, SB 389. Sign his petition to stop this bill.

Miranda Frausto for leading the effort to conduct Carmel’s first Greenhouse Gas Inventory and for her leadership as sustainability intern, named IUPUI’s Student Employee of the Month. Miranda will be graduating with a BPSA in Sustainable Management and Policy in May!

Janet McCabe, IU professor and director of the Environmental Resilience Institute for being nominated to the second highest position at the EPA. Read more

Confront the Climate Crisis
The statewide youth group Confront the Climate Crisis is demanding that Indiana politicians acknowledge that climate change is an urgent problem that needs to addressed NOW!  Sign their petition

Save the Monarchs from Extinction
The number of Western monarchs that overwinter in California has declined from ~10 million in the 80s, 1.2 million in the 90s, 300,000 in 2015, and now down to just 2,000 this year. The Eastern monarchs that overwinter in Mexico are also disappearing.  The causes include climate change, loss of habitat and pesticides. Consider adding some milkweed to your garden this year and check out Beyond Pesiticides’ petition to add the monarchs to the endangered species list.  Read more.

Calling all Birders
On Wed. Mar. 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m. join the Carmel Clay Parks to learn about the eBird App! The diverse community of birds in our parks can be documented and shared with your help. Information collected from eBird provides valuable data on population trends, migration, and nesting locations that can play a huge role in the overall conservation of bird species. Read more and RSVP.

Help offset the millions of sheets of paper used at Carmel and University High Schools! Tree-plenish is a national youth program to plant trees. For every $5 donation, CHS and UHS volunteers will plant a baby tree at your home or business in April.  Read more and request a tree.

Easy Ways to Go Green
Have you cleaned up your act on the environment at home? Here’s how to calculate your household carbon footprint and some easy ways to go green.

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Thanks again for all you do to build a more beautiful, healthy and sustainable community.

Leslie Webb
Carmel Green Initiative
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