"To celebrate Earth Day, we encourage families to visit the children's art exhibits. These exhibits give our youth a voice, empowering them to inspire others to live sustainably,” said Leslie Webb, president of Carmel Green Initiative. "Check out the amazing and inspiring artwork about saving energy, recycling, growing your own food, planting trees, riding bikes, carpooling, using less coal, and many other ways to care for the environment for everyone."
CGI's environmental education program uses creativity and art to teach about the impacts of energy use and why it's important to be good stewards of the environment. Close to 4,000 youth have participated since the program began in 2010.
“We incorporate environmental education content from E.P.A. Energy Star Schools to inspire youth to save energy through simple actions such as turning off lights, the TV, and the computer when leaving the room. These are things kids can do,” said Webb. "We hope the exhibits create awareness in the community to help build a more sustainable community." Select artwork is also posted on the CGI website.
Mayor Brainard will recognize winners on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. This year's finalists include Payton Sevening, Kindergarten, Sharvika Peram, 1st grade, Jude Lund, 2nd grade, Ethan Smith, 3rd grade, Careen Ateea 4th grade, Theresa Hommel, 5th grade, Amy Zhou 11th grade, and Ryan Middleton, 12th grade. Semi-finalists include Graham Barajas, Victoria Carter, Phoebe Conley, Ava Galante, Lauren Galante, Carley Hunter, Morgan Kelnhofer, Avery Lawson, Maeeha Mahbub, Finley Phillips, Deesha Roopesh, Abbie Smith, Katie Spence, Audrey Swenson, Patience Tann, Annie Thomas, Vivienne Turner, Sneha Vashistha, Jack Yost, Myah Yost. Avarie Young, and Brenna Zang.
The Earth Hour - Earth Day Art Contest is made possible thanks to broad support from the community. Partners and sponsors include Alphagraphics Carmel, Whole Foods Market, Joe's Butcher Shop, Marie Reamer Fine Art Photography, Erika Woods Calligraphy, Beth Maier Photography, Evan Lurie Art Gallery, ArtSplash Gallery, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, Muldoon's, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, E.P.A., Earth Day Network, and EarthHour.org.
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About Carmel Green Initiative: Carmel Green Initiative (CGI) is dedicated to building a more sustainable community through collaboration and partnerships with the City of Carmel, as well as Carmel schools, congregations, businesses and community groups. For more information, visit www.carmelgreen.org.
About Earth Day: On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2016. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and the need to protect the environment. For more information, visit www.earthday.org.