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“The Ground Beneath Our Feet”

Sure, it just seems like dirt.  But that dirt that we walk on daily is vital to our survival.  It helps grow the food that we eat and if the soil is not healthy, food becomes less nutritious and production decreases.  NPR’s show 1A had a fascinating discussion with 3 professionals about soil health and what we can do to help enrich the soil. For example, tilling the soil before planting does not help! The discussion is not only for farmers, as they give recommendations to what you can do at home to help your soil.

Celebrate Soil Health Day (December 5) and tune in to see what is working and how you can help.

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6th Annual Holiday Lights Recycle Drive

The Carmel Clay School Green Team, City of Carmel Utilities, Tech Recyclers and White’s Ace Hardware are working together to offer a Holiday Lights Recycle Drive.


Starting November 27 and running through January 11, the ability to recycle used Holiday Lights will be offered at all Carmel Clay Schools and White’s Ace Hardware at 731 South Range Line Road.  This is the 6th year of the program and over four tons of holiday lights have been recycled!


Recycling inoperable or inefficient holiday lights keeps those items out of landfills which reduces the long term carbon impact on our environment.  Additionally, EnergyStar rated LED lights use 75 percent less energy compared to conventional lights.  They also have the following advantages:

*Safer: LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of combustion or burnt fingers.

*Sturdier: LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, and are much more resistant to breakage.

*Longer Lasting: The LED lights lasts 25 times longer than conventional holiday lights.

*Easier to Install:  Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.



Thanks for helping keep these items out of our landfills!  If you miss the dates of this recycle drive, you can recycle electronics anytime at the Hamilton County Hazardous Waste site as long as you are a Hamilton County resident.



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The Community Garden Wants Your Straw Bales!

The CCS Plots to Plates Organic Community Garden is in need of straw bales to help line the paths at the garden.  If you used any straw bales in your fall decorating, please consider donating them to the garden!  This will keep the bales out of the landfill and be used for a good cause.

To donate straw, please go to Carmel Middle School (300 S Guilford Road, Carmel) and follow the drive along the tennis courts.  The garden is on the western part of the property by the woods.  Bales can be placed by the shed.

Interested in gardening?  Carmel Clay Schools and the CCS Green Team have created 98 plots that Carmel residents or CCS employees can rent for $10 per year.  For more information, go to


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Vote for College Wood’s Milk Carton Creation

College Wood’s Green Club has finished their Made By Milk project.  Students collected milk cartons after lunch and came up with their idea of what to create.  Their Pegasus is finally finished and is hanging in the cafeteria.

They’d like your help to win the People’s Choice Award.  You can vote from November 29 – December 8 at the following link:

Great job students!

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Carmel Clay Schools Recycle!

Several years ago, Carmel Clay School administrators began working to have co-mingled recycling at all their locations.  They began with a pilot program at Carmel Elementary and upon seeing its success, they started it all the other schools.  The last school to adopt this policy was Carmel High School.  Due to its immense size, there were many logistical problems to figure out.  Happily, those have been worked out and the high school is now recycling the trash from all classrooms in the building.  The contamination level is minimal, which is why this can be done. However, at home, please continue to separate your recycling items from the trash.  If there is too much contamination, prices for recycling may increase and not as much will be recyclrecyclingearth_logoed.

The CCS Green Team would like to thank the administration and custodians for making this happen!  So much more is being recycled as a result of this monumental effort!

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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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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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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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