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  • published Book - Sign Up 2022-06-14 21:03:14 -0400

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  • IBJ: Corporate pursuit of carbon neutrality opens opportunities for city programs

    "Those ongoing evaluations have included meetings with the likes of Carbon Neutral Indiana, a not-for-profit that wants to help develop and manage an Indianapolis carbon program." Full article.

  • published 2021 Annual Report in Blog 2022-06-07 18:03:56 -0400

    2021 Annual Report

    A few months ago we mailed our 2021 annual report to 300+ people. View the digital version here.

  • published Book - Friends in Book Promoting Climate Solutions 2022-06-07 16:13:03 -0400

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  • published Book Promoting Climate Solutions 2022-06-05 13:14:06 -0400



    According to researchers at Yale, over 50% of Indiana residents are “worried” about climate. We at Carbon Neutral Indiana can confirm this observation and add more detail:

    Over the past two years we’ve helped 500+ Hoosier households measure their carbon footprints over the phone. Almost all say they feel worried, overwhelmed, and anxious about the issue.

    This is particularly acute in young people we’ve engaged, contributing at least in part to a mental health crisis. The rate of suicide among people aged 10 to 24 increased nearly 60% between 2007 and 2018, according to the CDC. People are tired of feeling a lack of control and general despair. They are looking for specific, concrete climate solutions they can implement in their households, organizations, and cities.

    About the Book

    Project Drawdown is the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. It’s a list of ways to reduce carbon emissions -- ranging from solar and wind to methane digesters and alternative cement -- ranked by efficacy. It lists which solutions will reduce the most carbon per dollar invested.

    We started by narrowing down Drawdown solutions relevant to Indiana. Then we identified local NGOs and subject matter experts working on each solution. Finally, we hired a research assistant to interview Hoosiers who successfully implemented these solutions at the household, organizational, or city level.

    The result will be 20-30 inspiring success stories of Hoosiers reducing carbon emissions.

    In addition to these easily digestible stories:

    • Each story will include a how to guide so readers can implement the solution. It will include costs, benefits, and a step by step process to follow.
    • Each chapter will have a list of which non-profits are working on the issue, what they can help you achieve, and contact information.
    • Each chapter will also have a list of relevant state laws

    The purpose of the book is to inspire, educate, and activate Hoosiers. Imagine a cross between Chicken Soup for the Soul, a directory, and a lot of how to guides.


    There are six chapters correlating with the various Project Drawdown sectors. Each will describe the Drawdown solutions relevant to Indiana. Here is an outline of the book’s contents:

    1. Electricity
      • Anne Laker / residential solar panels
      • Lauren Clemens / solar loan program for Bloomington residents
      • City of Huntington / geothermal energy for city building
    2. Food, Agriculture, and Land Use
      • Noblesville school / reduced food waste with K12 Food Rescue
      • Katelin Rupp / starting and growing Indy Veg Fest
      • Indiana farmer implementing no till farming
    3. Industry
      • Doug Fasick / Fort Wayne methane digester and restaurant grease collection program
      • Brian Presnell / recycling fallen urban trees into products
      • Michael Dungan / using old boat wrap plastic to generate electricity
    4. Transportation & Buildings
      • Jackie Phillips / implementing gas station ban within 500 feet of residences in Carmel
      • John Smillie / residential heat pump
      • Kevin Whited / Carmel Drive Electric Week Purdue / INDOT / Magment wireless EV charging
    5. Carbon Sinks
      • Ferguson / corporate donations to Wesselman Woods
      • Will Ditzler / personally planting 70,000 trees over three decades
      • How Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area was restored
    6. Enabling Conditions
      • Addie Farris / creating Eco Fest Fort Wayne
      • Daniel Poynter / creating CNI, grassroots voluntary carbon price
      • Heather Swinney / CCL chapter in New Albany
      • Ethan Bledsoe / free tiny libraries about climate resilience
      • Alison Zajdel / Richmond climate ordinance


    Once the book is complete in August, 2022, we will mail 3,000 copies to the following:

    • 2,000 influential Hoosiers
      • 800 elected officials (State Senators & Reps, County Commissioners, Mayors, City Councilors)
      • 800 educators (University Presidents and College Deans, High School Superintendents and Principals)
      • 400 civic leaders (Chambers of Commerce, Boy / Girl Scout troop leaders, FFA, places of worship)
    • 1,000 Little Free Libraries throughout Indiana

    Virtual Event

    We are also hosting a kickoff event on August 31, 2022 at 6:30 pm eastern. The theme is, "Indiana's emerging climate economy."


    We're raising $30,000 to distribute the book to Indiana's leaders. Learn more.

  • published New Summer Intern - Harini Radhakrishnan in Blog 2022-05-17 10:34:12 -0400

    New Summer Intern - Harini Radhakrishnan

    "When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too." - The Alchemist

    Imagine you're the main speaker at a large event. Someone introduces you before you go up to speak. How do they introduce you in 75-100 words?

    Harini Radhakrishnan is an incoming senior pursuing her major in Industrial Engineering, minor in Environmental Policy and Politics, and certificate of Data Science at Purdue University. Growing up in the Philippines put her at face with the consequences of climate change, and she has since been motivated to lead communities to combat climate change. She is currently a Climate Reporter for the Purdue Exponent, but was previously the President of Purdue Student Sustainability Council.

    Why did you choose to do this internship?

    I would like to pursue a career in geo data and climate change data analytics, and I believe the hard and soft skills this internship teaches me will be beneficial in my growth as an engineer and as an environmentalist.

    CNI is igniting a leadership movement, and along the way we'll make sure Indiana becomes carbon neutral. What are three leadership traits you'd like to improve this summer? Define each in your own words and explain why you selected it.

    1. Self-motivated: I hope to be more diligent in my work ethic, bounce back quicker in conflict resolution, and expand my skill set.
    2. Confidence: I hope I develop greater trust in my skills through practice and preparation.
    3. Decisiveness: I would like to make decisions earlier, by trusting my confidence more. Failing fast, failing often is more progress than wasting time making a choice.

    What will you do this summer, specifically, to develop each of these three leadership traits?

    1. Self-motivation: Use of planners/google calendar to stay on schedule
    2. Confidence: Calling more people to schedule carbon inventories, taking initiative in meetings
    3. Decisiveness: Deciding goals to accomplish at the beginning of the day as a guide to make decisions easier. Being flexible to change of ideas, and not falling in love with the first.

    If you had to pick a favorite fictional character like a superhero or an historical figure, which one would it be? Why?

    Tintin! This old-school investigative journalist goes on adventures with his dog, Snowy, to uncover mysteries and solve crimes. He was one of the first heroes I loved as a child, and I'll always remember how much his curiosity, determination, and drive for justice stood out to me in the books.

    Aristotle: "A vivid imagination compels the whole body to obey it." Napoleon Bonaparte: "Imagination rules the world." Albert Einstein: "Imagination is more important than knowledge." Penn Jillette: "The world is pretending the breakthrough is in technology, the bottleneck is really in art." To create the future together we need to rouse and nurture our imaginations. What can you imagine? What might we become and accomplish together this summer?

    I imagine that we'll be able to create something which motivates, educates, and activates people all around Indiana to create environmental change both within the walls of their homes, and in their communities.

  • published Eco Fest Fort Wayne in Blog 2022-05-15 20:01:07 -0400

    Eco Fest Fort Wayne

    Thanks to Adrianna Farris for spending the past year organizing Eco Fest Fort Wayne! This year was much bigger than last year, with 70+ vendors and many hundreds of attendees.

    We had meaningful conversations with many people -- including someone who helps their city's mayor with climate action planning, a representative of an international solar and wind developer, an architectural student, someone who uses fallen timber to create wooden products, and an anthropologist of religion.

    Fifteen people signed up to measure their personal carbon emissions. We've done this free of charge for 500+ Hoosiers over the past two years, and we provide them with a graph of their emissions and ways to reduce them.


  • published CNI Helps Purdue Learn from Ball State in Blog 2022-05-10 19:58:20 -0400

    CNI Helps Purdue Learn from Ball State

    Purdue faculty have a standing sustainability committee. They were unaware Ball State is twenty years ahead of Purdue on the issue, so we introduced them to Professor Koestler. Minds were blown. Video below.

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  • CNI Sponsors Purdue University Student Reporters to Cover Climate

    "Did you know that in the state of Indiana, with 6 million people, there’s just a handful of journalists covering the environment?

    Carbon Neutral Indiana is working on changing that with a program that sponsors Purdue University students to report on the climate and greenhouse gas using solutions journalism." -Full Article

  • published Changing the Climate Podcast in Blog 2022-05-03 10:56:12 -0400

    Changing the Climate Podcast

    Ethan: "The most I’ve ever laughed on the podcast." This was fun! Ethan Shapiro interviews people working on climate around the country with his podcast. Video below.


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  • published CNI on Made in Indy Podcast in Blog 2022-04-29 12:40:28 -0400

    CNI on Made in Indy Podcast

    "The Made In Indy podcast is a collection of curated conversations from the rich landscape of artists, entrepreneurs, and creators of Indianapolis; that make the Circle City an amazing place to call home. We celebrate the Circle City, pay homage to its icons & hidden gems, and discover how they became Made in Indy." Link to podcast below.

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  • published Article in Indy Star in Blog 2022-04-27 10:26:04 -0400

    Article in Indy Star

    The Indy Star wrote an article about our work. Link below.

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  • published Two Articles in Indianapolis Business Journal in Blog 2022-04-27 10:22:21 -0400

    Two Articles in Indianapolis Business Journal

    For over the past year, we've been hosting a working group to create Indy's first carbon offset project. It will protect urban forests. The IBJ wrote a story and editorial about this work. Links below.

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  • published Potluck in Bloomington in Blog 2022-04-27 10:16:36 -0400

    Potluck in Bloomington

    Chris and Anne Haynes hosted a potluck for CNI members in Bloomington.

  • published WISH TV in More Press 2022-04-25 17:29:42 -0400


  • published WISH TV Profiles Carbon Neutral Indiana in Blog 2022-04-25 17:21:48 -0400

    WISH TV Profiles Carbon Neutral Indiana

    WISH-TV profiled Carbon Neutral Indiana for Earth Day. Here's the clip!


  • published Earth Day event with MIBOR in Blog 2022-04-25 11:15:43 -0400

    Earth Day event with MIBOR

    MIBOR REALTOR® Association hosted a well attended Earth Day event for their members.

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  • published Yard Signs 2022-04-18 17:35:25 -0400

    Yard Signs

    Are you carbon neutral? Want a free yard sign? As of April 2022, we have new ones that are stronger.

    Contact Daniel at: [email protected]