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Our Fourth Month

Carbon Neutral Indiana got 501c3 non-profit status on April 7, 2020. This is an account of month #4. Also see previous accounts of month #1month #2, and the 2nd Quarter in 2020.

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Our Second Purchase of Offsets

Each carbon offset has a unique serial number. That way, it can only be claimed by one person or organization against their carbon footprint. When they want to claim it, they "retire" it in a public database.

We purchased our second batch of offsets -- 21 offsets from the Afognak Forest Carbon Project. They were retired on Aug 7, 2020, and you can view the retirement record here.

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Bill McKibben, The New Yorker

"Like E.S.G. investing, carbon offsets are no panacea—but it is inspiring to see local startups, such as Carbon Neutral Indiana, figuring out how to communicate with homeowners and small businesses about their carbon footprint."

Read the full article here.

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Afognak Forest Carbon Project

The Afognak Forest Carbon Project is the first carbon sequestration project we're investing in. It's a forest conservation project in Alaska on the north coast of Afognak Island. The island is located near Perenosa Bay, pictured below.

This project protects and regrows over 8,200 acres of coastal temperate rainforest. Forests, when protected and managed sustainably, act as carbon sinks - meaning they pull CO2 from the atmosphere and store it long term.

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Carbon Neutral Indiana by Sydney Johnson

Sydney Johnson wrote this article for the Natural Awakenings magazine in Indianapolis. Original here.

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Letter to Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University

On July 29, 2020, 47 student organizations at Purdue University, representing over 8,000 students, gave the President of Purdue University a letter asking that the university commit to carbon neutrality. In addition, as of July 29 over 1,800 individuals signed a similar letter. Read the full letter sent to the Purdue President below.

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Hoosiers in the Economic Zone by Economist Morton J. Marcus

This is a guest article by the Hoosier economist Morton J. Marcus.

With apologies to Rod Serling, consider, if you will, Rob and Rhonda, two ordinary Hoosiers doing what they customarily do each weekday in the Economic Zone.

Rhonda leaves the house to be at the job site by 7am, hard hat on, blueprints in hand. Rob takes off at 8:10 with the kids for elementary school and then to the public library where he will drive the bookmobile and serve as its librarian until mid-afternoon.

Rhonda is proud of the building her crew is constructing to green standards with the latest technology. Rob delights in bringing reading opportunities to people who find it difficult to reach a library branch. Both are warm-hearted do-gooders. Neither is prepared for the crushing truth about to fall on them.

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Summary of Our 2nd Quarter in 2020

This video summarizes what our network achieved in its first 82 days. Below the video is a full report. See also accounts of our first and second months.

Best part: "All together, in the middle of a global pandemic and economic recession, we've helped 33 households and businesses to pay for a cost they used to externalize."

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Our Second Month

Carbon Neutral Indiana was born on April 7, 2020. This is an account of our second month. Our account of the first month is here.

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Learn / Hustle / Grow - CNI's Summer Internship Program

Nearly 3,000 students signed petitions calling Indiana University and Purdue University to become carbon neutral.

We selected only twelve.

 

So what can twelve passionate, creative, brilliant, and kind young people do in just one summer?

 

We're about to find out.

 

Learn more about these individuals below.

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