By Margot Gibson
The student leaders of the Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program awarded more than $5,000 to 12 student groups to recognize their youth-led environmental, service-learning projects in Carmel.
More than 100 guests, including Mayor Jim Brainard, attended the ceremony held last month in City Hall.
Funded by Carmel Utilities, the Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program uses high school students to mentor youth to identify environmental needs within the Carmel community and to design, fund, implement and evaluate appropriate projects to address those needs. Thirty-two environmental youth projects have received funding since the program’s inception in 2009.
The program and its members have received numerous awards including the Indiana Heroes Award, the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Green Award, the Jane Goodall Global Leadership Award and the White House’s Youth Sustainability Challenge. Two Carmel Green Teen youth board members were invited to the White House and a video about the program was highlighted at the United Nations’ Rio +20 Environmental Summit in Brazil last summer.