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Exciting Project for CHS students!

Carmel High School students are embarking on a very exciting and ambitious project.  Students from the Thirst Project Club and DECA, the student business group, have teamed up to raise money to fund a well in Swaziland by 2022.  They have designed a logo to go on water bottles, which are for sale for only $12.

Interested in supporting their cause?  Water bottles are available for purchase.  Contact Kara House, CHS teacher, at for more information.

Below is the logo and water bottle type which will be sold.

Thirst Project 1

Thirst Project 3

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Cherry Tree Makes It Easy to Recycle

Student of Cherry  Tree’s Green Club painted a trash can so that there is no doubt where items should go to be recycled in the cafeteria.  Students and adult supervisors reIMG_1980cycle plastic containers, water bottles, empty milk cartons and more during lunch.  Thank you Green Club students for making it easy to find the recycle container!

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This Halloween, embrace fall without comprising the environment and say “Yes to Less”green-pumpkin-25467806with a few simple steps:


*Have a neighborhood costume swap!  Instead of buying brand new costumes for your kids, invite friends to bring their used Halloween costumes over and let kids (and adults) swap or mix and match to add your own creative twist.  Who knows, maybe Spiderman is the favorite superhero of someone else right down the street!


*Look for candy with minimal packaging or skip the candy all together and consider giving out fun trinkets like matchbox cars, barrettes, or coins.  Kids will love their new treasures and their parents will appreciate the creative alternative.


*Light your Jack-O-Lanterns with beeswax candles instead of soy or paraffin ones.  Paraffin is a by-product of petroleum refining and release toxins in the air that are harmful to you and the environment.  Beeswax candles release negatively charged ions that counteract the positive charge of dust, neutralizing and literally cleaning the air you breathe!


*Trick-or-Treat with reusable bags or pillowcases to prevent thousands of plastic bags from going in the landfill.  A simple white pillowcase can become magical with the right craft supplies.  Try adding (nontoxic) glow in the dark paint for a spooky touch!


Victoria Baron

CCS Green Team Intern

Ohio State University


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Meet Our Intern!

Victoria Baron is a former Carmel High School student now in her junior year at Ohio photo11State University.  She is majoring in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability. Victoria will be writing sustainabilty articles for the CCS Green Team this year full of tips on how we all can reduce our carbon footprint and lessen the strain on our shared planet. Check back often to see Victoria’s articles!

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Woodbrook’s Green Team Saying Yes to Less!

Students in Woodbrook’s Green Team created this display to help get the focus on saying yes to less!  They suggest saying yes to less paper waste by recycling and saying yes to less energy by turning off the lights. Adding the visuals will help others make the connection on how they can say yes to less as well.

WBE Green Team display case-2

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Back to School Sustainability

stock-photo-9684331-notebooks-and-other-school-supplies (1)Going back to school is an exciting time for a fresh start and fresh school essentials. It is
also a time that the environment takes a hit with stores almost as packed as the Holiday Season.  According to Waste Online, each student produces an average of 240 pounds of waste each year!  Get an Earth-friendly jump start on this school year with a few simple tips!


*Take inventory:  Write down what you already have at home before going to the store for supplies.  Do you really need six new binders or will some of last years do? Avoiding duplicates reduces the amount of plastic that is wasted as well as saves your family money!


*Look for less packaging and recycled supplies: Many companies are hopping aboard the “green” train and using responsibly sourced or reduced packaging.  The Ultimate Green Store is an online shopping website that sells environmentally conscious products and saves you a trip to the store!


*Rethink the brown bag:  Investing in a washable, reusable lunch box keeps hundreds of paper bags out of landfills. Opt for one that is vinyl free to avoid harmful levels of lead in your child’s lunch.


Victoria Baron

CCS Green Team Intern

Ohio State University 2017

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Clean Water Superhero Program

Mary Hayes from the White River Alliance attended the January meeting of the CCS Green Team to present information about the Clean Water Superhero Program.  This program is geared toward elementary students, however, it can be tailored for other ages.  The goal is to get information out about how to prevent pollution from getting in our waterways.  John Thomas from Carmel’s Department of Storm Water Management joined in to show a hands on activity for kids so they can see what types of things pollute our water.  They have a great packet for students that includes an activity page, coneflower seeds (the flowers help prevent water runoff) and a bag for picking up after your pet!

If interested in having this presentation for your group, please contact Mary Hayes at

clean water superhero

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3rd Annual Holiday Lights Recycle Drive a Success!

The CCS Green Team is proud to sponsor the annual holiday lights recycle drive in all CCS schools. holiday lightsThis year the City of Carmel joined in with a drop off location at White’s Ace Hardware.  Together we kept 1642 pounds of lights out of the landfills!

We are often asked what happens to the lights when they are picked up.  Joe, from Technology Recyclers, said this about the recycling of the lights:

Holiday lights are 100% recyclable.  They are comprised of copper wire 22 gauge, the wire is usually coated in a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, light bulbs are made of glass, and the end of the cord or plugs are comprised of ferrous metal.  It is the process which counts.  

The materials are then sold locally.  Our 3 year total is 3618 pounds.  Thanks for helping “lighten” the load on our landfills!

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West Clay Elementary Recycles at Family Fun Night

West Clay Family Fun Recycling

West Clay Family Fun Recycling

At West Clay Elementary’s Family Fun Night in November, families made sure their water bottles did not end up in landfills. Instead, they recycled them! They used the community Lend a Bin program to provide enough recycling bins for their event, and it worked! They kept 5 pounds of plastic from going in the trash. These plastic bottles will instead be recycled into all kinds of products including carpet, filling for sleeping bags, and more.

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Orchard Park Recycles at International Festival

OPE International Festival recycling

OPE International Festival recycling

This year, Orchard Park’s International Festival had a new feature: RECYCLING.  Custodians helped out to make this November 11 event “green” for the very first time. Check out their custodian making a “G” for green!  The Green Team used the community “Lend a Bin” program, and it was a great success. Families recycled paper, plastic and cans, keeping these items out of landfills. Way to go, Orchard Park!

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