The award recognizes the Carmel Green Teens’ ongoing work to “make Carmel greener, one youth project at a time.” Grants are given up to $1,000 each to youth-led groups for projects that support the environment and promote sustainability in Carmel. Six projects were funded in 2015, including a butterfly garden, an educational “Earth Fair”, and four projects promoting recycling and refillable water bottles at various Carmel schools.
“Carmel Green Teens has inspired countless youth to make a difference in our community,” said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard. “I have watched the program grow and expand through the years thanks to dedicated board members and the financial sponsorship from the City of Carmel Utilities. The projects they have funded and students they have mentored have made a positive impact to both the environment and Carmel community.”
The Carmel Green Teens 2015-2016 student board members are Natalie Crawford, Laasya Mamidipalli, Ilsa Shaikh, Eden Szydlowski, Shiva Vallabhaneni, Sitha Vallabhaneni and Aaron Varnau. Adult board members include Simon Atkinson, Nancy Dietmeyer, Joan Duwve and program sponsor representing Carmel Utilities, Sue Maki. Find more information on this year’s PEYA winners at
About the Carmel Green Teens Micro-Grant Program
The Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program is administered by primarily a high school student board, and inspires youth in grades K-12 to identify environmental opportunities within the community and to design and implement projects to address those needs. The program is sponsored by the City of Carmel Utilities and the Carmel Clay Schools’ Green Team. Since its inception, grants have funded more than 50 environmental projects and engaged 800+ youth, while saving Carmel citizens an estimated $120,000 and over 250 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. To learn more about the Carmel Green Teens Micro-Grant Program and the grantees, visit www.carmelgreenteen.org
About The President's Environmental Youth Award
“The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. For more information about the President’s Environmental Youth Award, go to www.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award