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  • published Student Climate Journalism in Other Projects 2021-06-02 09:37:54 -0400

    Student Climate Journalism

    In Apr 2020, Lucas Bleyle was a freshman at Purdue University. He published a front page story in their newspaper, The Exponent, called Purdue makes slow start toward carbon neutrality.

    The newspaper wanted him to cover other topics, in addition to climate, but he wanted to focus solely on that issue. So he stepped down from the paper.

    When we learned what student journalists like Lucas make per article, we realized we might be able to underwrite his passion. That's when David and Katie Harting -- a carbon neutral household in Westfield, IN -- stepped in.

    Generously, David and Katie decided to sponsor Lucas's climate journalism for the fall of 2021. If it goes well, they'd like to sponsor him for another semester.

    Our current plan is to brainstorm story ideas with Lucas. As the journalist, he gets the final say about what he writes about. He also gets the final say about what he submits to be published. Ultimately, The Exponent gets the final say on what gets published. But Carbon Neutral Indiana can participate in generating story ideas and connecting him to our resources throughout the state and country.

    Lucas has four semesters left at Purdue. That's a lot of articles! Perhaps enough for a book when he graduates. One idea we've explored is analyzing Purdue as a particular example of a larger pattern. Purdue is a land grant university in a conservative state. As such, it has unique challenges decarbonizing. There are about 70 other universities in its situation. Perhaps Lucas's work could be crafted into a book that provides insight for other universities like Purdue. Who knows!

    If this goes well, we'd like to connect other carbon neutral households to student journalists at other universities throughout Indiana. We could have a cohort of journalists, around the state, that meet a few times a week to support one another, share resources, and tackle bigger stories together.

  • published Other Projects in About 2021-06-02 09:32:14 -0400

    Other Projects

    Student Climate Journalism

    Starting in the fall of 2021, we are underwriting one student climate journalist at a major university. Learn more here.

    Verified Carbon Project in Indiana

    Starting in May, 2021, we've been shepherding a working group that's creating a verified project in Indiana. More details soon.

    Summer Leadership Program

    We hosted a program for 15 college students during the summer of 2020. We've not found funding to continue the project but would like to. See its heavily documented success here.

  • published Midwest Sustainability Summit in Blog 2021-06-01 09:34:06 -0400

    Midwest Sustainability Summit

    We presented at the Midwest Sustainability Summit this spring. Video below.

  • published Neutral Households in About 2021-05-26 13:09:00 -0400

    Neutral Households

    Indiana's leaders are deciding to clean up their carbon trash and become carbon neutral. Below are some of the Indiana households that are carbon neutral. See the full list here.

    Science Authorities

    Rae Schnapp, Ph.D. & family

    Conservation Director, Indiana Forest Alliance

    Landon Yoder, Ph.D. & family

    Assistant Professor; Researcher in Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute

    Thomas Gruenenfelder, Ph.D. & family

    Adjunct Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington

    Chris Haynes, Ph.D. & family

    Associate Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Indiana University, Bloomington

    Bruce Solomon, Ph.D. & family

    Professor Emeritus, Mathematics, Indiana University

    Greg Kempf & family

    Retired automotive engineer, with 15 patents in hybrid engine design


    Philanthropy Authorities

    Gene Tempel, Ed.D. & family Professor of Philanthropic Studies and Founding Dean Emeritus, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; President Emeritus, Indiana University Foundation.
    Dwight Burlingame, Ph.D. & family Professor Emeritus of Philanthropic Studies, Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy at Indiana University. Authored and co-authored 10 books, more than 55 articles, and more than 100 book reviews.


    Legal Authorities

    Benjamin Keele, JD & family

    Research and Instructional Services Librarian at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law


    Medical Authorities

    Dr. Anne Greist, M.D. & family

    Co-founder and Co-medical director of the Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center, Inc.

    Dr. Stephen Seiter, M.D. & family

    Anesthesiologist, Community Health Network.

    F. Ryan Prall, M.D. & family

    Ophthalmologist, Indiana University Health.


    Sustainability Authorities

    Erin Argyilan, Ph.D & family

    Professor and Department Chair of Geosciences Department at Indiana University Northwest

    Allyson Mitchell & family

    Executive Director, Indiana Recycling Coalition

    Tyler Kanczuzewski & family

    VP of Marketing & Sustainability, Board Member and Co-Owner of Inovateus Solar, Sustainability Manager for Logistick

    Justin Peters & family

    Data Manager, Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute

    Will Ditzler & family

    Executive coach to purpose driven CEOs, President of Board of Indiana chapter of The Nature Conservancy

    Jim Poyser & family

    Executive Director, Earth Charter Indiana

    Don Miller

    Land Stewardship Manager, Indy Parks, City of Indianapolis

    Adrianna Farris

    Founder, EcoFest Fort Wayne

    Grace Minkis

    Project Developer, EDP Renewables

    Joshua Kruer

    Regenerative urban farming expert


    Government Authorities

    Pamela Guerrero & family

    Public Policy and Community Engagement Associate at ACLU Indiana

    Isabel Piedmont-Smith & family

    City Council Member, Bloomington, Indiana


    Community Organizing Authorities

    Caroline Nellis

    Retired, climate organizer in Evansville, Indiana

    Nancy Moldenhauer & family

    Retired, climate organizer in Michigan City, Indiana, Chair of Michigan City Sustainability Commission

    Ethyl Ruehman

    Student, climate organizer in Northeastern Indiana

    Rock Emmert & family

    Retired, climate organizer in Ferdinand, Indiana

    Laura Henderson

    Retired, climate organizer in Michigan City, Indiana

    Steven Rigg

    Student, climate organizer at Indiana University

    Steve Perkins & family

    Retired, former climate organizer in Evanston, Illinois

    Mason Merkel

    Student, climate organizer at Purdue University

    Kurt Roembke & family

    Organizer with Sunrise Movement in Fort Wayne, Indiana


    Business & Entrepreneurship Authorities

    John Bohlmann  & family Serial tech entrepreneur. Named best student in Computer Science class at Purdue University. Accepted into Princeton PhD program. Dropped out to startup companies.
    Jeb Banner & family Founded multiple for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Just raised $8M venture capital for latest startup.
    Lee Eisenbarth & family Designer, works with startup companies
    Adam Weber & family Founded startup company Emplify, nine years later sold it for $50M
    Santiago Jaramillo & family Founded startup company Emplify, nine years later sold it for $50M


    Religious Authorities

    David Haberman, Ph.D. & family Professor, Religious Studies, Indiana University
    Bradley Malkovsky, Ph.D. & family Associate Professor Religious Studies, Notre Dame
    Tom Bogenshutz Manages Tri-State Creation Care.
    Rosemary Spalding & family

    Runs Eastside Creation Care network in Indianapolis, Indiana


    Finance Authorities

    Gloria Griesinger Assistant Treasurer, Cummings Diesel Engine
    Jacob Jewell & family Federal Tax Accountant
    LJ Suzuki & family Founder of CFO Share


  • published What is carbon neutrality? in About 2021-05-20 12:43:11 -0400

    What is carbon neutrality?

    Every individual and organization has a carbon footprint. This is the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) released annually.

    A person or thing is carbon neutral when it does not add greenhouse gases (GHGs) to the atmosphere. Carbon neutrality means being net-neutral -- the entity still emits some GHGs, but it takes responsibility for its carbon footprint and cleans up its “carbon trash.” How? It invests financially in projects that soak up the same amount it emits. For example, a tree-planting project or a landfill methane-capture project.

    Anything can be carbon neutral -- an individual, a household, a company, a specific product that a company makes, a city, a state, a country, even the entire world.

  • published Transparency 2021-05-20 12:38:19 -0400


    Carbon Neutral Indiana (CNI) is a project of the Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA), a 501c3 non-profit. Every year, non-profits make their Form 990 tax documents available publicly. You can explore IFA's financial documents using ProPublica's Nonprofit Explorer tool. CNI was founded April 7, 2020. Once the most recent 990 document is available, we'll share it here.

    The climate crisis requires us to move quickly. The two largest obstacles to CNI growing quickly are education and trust:

    Obstacle #1 - Education


    According to researchers at Yale, over 50% of Hoosiers are worried about climate. Most of them don't know it's easy to measure their carbon footprints and affordable to clean them up. Once people learn this, many want to do their part and "clean up their carbon trash." So the first obstacle to growing quickly is simply education.

    Obstacle #2 - Trust


    The voluntary carbon market has been around since the 90s. Still, it's new to a lot of people. Because it's new -- and because it's so abstract -- it requires more trust. So we at CNI are following the advice of Stephen M. R. Covey from his book The Speed of Trust to intentionally cultivate and grow trust. Radical transparency is one way to do this, and we're looking for the best ways to do this.

  • published Colleen Altschul in Stories of Impact 2021-05-18 17:04:30 -0400

    Colleen Altschul - Llama Mama

    "I visited Iceland... [and saw how far the glaciers receded]. [They] don’t just come back... I think becoming carbon neutral is one great way to help."

    Colleen Altschul's household is the first carbon neutral household in Carmel, Indiana. More importantly, her selfless leadership enabled hers to be the world's first carbon neutral llamas.

    "I visited Iceland in 2016.

    Some locals pointed to the ground and told me, ‘This is where the glaciers used to be.’ Then we got in a car and drove thirty minutes to where they are now. Thirty minutes! They said, ‘We don’t have a lot of time left. They’re melting quickly and will be gone soon.’

    We all notice that our weather is getting more extreme.

    When we hear about the glaciers on TV, for example, it seems like a small thing. Until you see how incredibly large they are -- and you see how much space is left when they melt -- it’s just… it’s really hard to appreciate without seeing it with your own eyes.

    And glaciers don’t just come back. They’ve formed over hundreds of thousands of years. If we lose them…!

    Why should others consider becoming carbon neutral? I mean, if you care one iota about our planet I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to be carbon neutral. If you have kids especially -- they have to live here even longer than you do. If you can leave the place as nice or even better than when you found it than great. Right now, though, we’re on the path to totally destroying it.

    There are a lot of people who want to help but don’t know how. I think becoming carbon neutral is one great way to help.

    Getting my household’s carbon footprint measured felt good. For me it was very easy. The person I spoke with from Carbon Neutral Indiana was clear at explaining all of the calculations. Before the call, I was sold on carbon neutrality already. For me it was just a matter of doing the measurements." -Colleen Altschul

  • published David Harting in Stories of Impact 2021-05-18 16:38:55 -0400

    David Harting - Software Engineer

    "CNI... showed me that individual action does add up. It can lead to systems change."

    David Harting is a software engineer and lives in Westfield:

    "Before my carbon inventory, I felt a lot of existential dread about the climate crisis.

    I was definitely looking forward to my meeting with CNI though. I was excited to see if I could do something practical and useful to help.

    After the call -- and after everything CNI walked me through -- some things that I thought were impossible are actually achievable. I’m surprised how much more optimistic I was after the meeting.

    I tend to be pessimistic about the climate crisis because it’s a systems problem. I thought individual action simply didn’t add up, but the way CNI framed it showed me that individual action does add up. It can lead to systems change.

    I think most households could afford to be carbon neutral, and that some grassroots momentum will go a long way. And I think others should be carbon neutral because I truly believe we’re in a climate emergency, and our government is not interested - currently - in taking emergency action. So even though it’s largely a systems problem, best solved with policy, individuals have to step up and lead. Then hopefully the government will follow."

  • published Dr. Anne Greist, MD in Stories of Impact 2021-05-18 16:33:16 -0400

    Dr. Anne Greist - Co-founder of Hospital

    "[On] Earth Day I invested $1,000... Why? Because it's local. I know what the money is used for. And I want to make an impact on climate change."

    Dr. Anne Greist, MD, is certified carbon neutral through Carbon Neutral Indiana. Carbon Neutral Ohio is a state chapter in a growing grassroots movement.

    She is co-founder and co-medical director of the Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center, Inc. A board certified hematologist-oncologist, she received her MBBS in 1977 from the University of London and Associate of King’s College and completed her medicine internship at the Kings College Hospital Health District in London in 1977. She was a Family Practice resident at St. Joseph’s Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, and then an Internal Medicine resident at Indiana University Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at Indiana University, and a fellowship in medical oncology and clinical pharmacology at the Lilly Clinic at Wishard Memorial Hospital, in Indianapolis.

    From 1986 to 1993 she was an Assistant Professor for the Department of Medicine, Hematology-Oncology Section, at Indiana University, where from 1993 to 1998 she was Clinical Associate Professor. Dr. Greist continues with Indiana University as an Associate Professor, Part-Time, of Clinical Medicine. In July 1998, she opened the Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center (IHTC) with Dr. Amy Shapiro.

  • published Stories of Impact in About 2021-05-18 16:30:28 -0400

    Stories of Impact


    "... It is inspiring to see local startups, such as [Carbon Neutral Ohio], figuring out how to communicate with homeowners and small businesses about their carbon footprint." --Bill McKibben, Climate Author, in The New Yorker [8/5/20]


    In the summer of 2020, we hosted 15 college students for a summer leadership program. Many were environmental studies students who had their summer internships canceled because of the pandemic. Carbon Neutral Indiana created a mutually beneficial program that enabled these students to learn soft and hard skills related to climate action, social entrepreneurship, and leadership.

    The video below was recorded after our first week:

    Learn more about this program, and read case studies, here.


    "Others should consider becoming carbon neutral because it’s easy and it relieves a lot of anxiety. Many people think they are powerless. But they don’t have to feel that way. It was surprisingly simple to just do it and become carbon neutral myself." --Michael Grady, Earlham College student

    Help the Planet

    "I am carbon neutral because I dramatically reduced my household emissions and participate in a carbon offset program through [Carbon Neutral Ohio]. Check out [their] website to see how you can reduce emissions and help the planet." --Brian Will, HR professional, serving at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as the First Impressions Program Coordinator. Brian lives in Columbus, and is the first carbon neutral households in Ohio.


    "I loved the connectedness of everyone [in the summer internship]... This was more valuable than my average class. [It] was more hands-on and allowed me to grow as a person and in my knowledge." --Beverely Thompson, Indiana University student

    "We've built such a close community [with this summer internship]... and it's more the community motivating me than even the climate action we're promoting." --Siddharth Das, Indiana University student


    "Why should others consider becoming carbon neutral? It sounds cliche but -- to save the planet. Before I felt a little helpless, as far as how to actually do something about the climate. Now it feels like I’m taking steps to do something at least. That feels pretty good." --Stephen Seiter, M.D.


    "I’ve been thinking about becoming carbon neutral for a long time. Frankly, it seemed complex and overwhelming. I didn’t know where to start. Carbon Neutral Indiana made it easy! It was very affordable and it only took about twenty minutes. This is important because life is complicated enough. Even when people are concerned about the climate -- and want to be good citizens -- it’s hard to know where to start. I’ve read a lot about carbon, even studied it professionally, and taken steps to reduce my carbon footprint. But Carbon Neutral Indiana has enabled me to become carbon neutral right now!" --Rae Schnapp, Ph.D.

    "I realized the situation was even far worse than what I had thought. I realized how devastating it was going to be and how difficult it was going to be to get out of it… Others should consider becoming carbon neutral because the planet needs you! Becoming carbon neutral through Carbon Neutral Indiana was easy." --Greg Kempf, retired engineer


    "It’s smart because it’s putting a price tag on our lifestyles. It’s like putting your money where your mouth is. It’s not a random donation to a charity. It’s a specific investment tied to one’s specific carbon footprint. I know this will push me and encourage me to change my lifestyle and footprint going forward." --Alli Williams


    "There are a lot of people who want to help but don’t know how. I think becoming carbon neutral is one great way to help. Getting my household’s carbon footprint measured felt good. For me it was very easy. The person I spoke with from Carbon Neutral Indiana was clear at explaining all of the calculations." --Colleen Altschul

    "A few days after we last spoke, I bought an electric car! Really excited to see how this changes my footprint. I know I don't drive a lot so I know it won't be monumental, but still!” --Anonymous


    “Why are we carbon neutral? My wife, Mary, said it best the other day. She said, 'We're doing this for our grandchildren.' ... Taking responsibility for our carbon footprints, and becoming carbon neutral, is one way to do that.” --Gene Tempel, Ed.D., founder, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


    "The beauty of [this model] is that it provides a powerful framework for citizens to take control of that which they can control, their own impact on the environment... We are grateful to [this organization's] leadership…” --Jeff Marks & Chris Marks, Ph.D.

    Political Will

    "When you look at trends regarding the climate crisis, we’re driving civilization over a cliff… That’s why programs like [this]  are special. They provide a precious opportunity for motivating grass-roots action that makes a difference… Also, as more households and businesses become carbon neutral, [Carbon Neutral Ohio] is providing concrete evidence of citizen concern that politicians will notice.” --Chris Haynes, Ph.D.

  • published Indianapolis Business Journal in Press 2021-05-18 16:21:24 -0400

    Indianapolis Business Journal

    "Daniel Poynter... spent 11 months in 2019 using his savings to study climate full time… From that process [he] and his friends 'distilled the strategy for Carbon Neutral Indiana.'"

    Full story: Q&A Helping Indiana become carbon neutral

  • published The IndyStar in Press 2021-05-18 16:20:32 -0400

    The IndyStar

    "For those Hoosiers who want to take action against climate change but just aren't sure how, there is a new Indianapolis-based organization here to help."

    Full story: New nonprofit helps Hoosiers go carbon neutral

  • published The New Yorker in Press 2021-05-18 16:18:57 -0400

    The New Yorker

    "[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." -Bill McKibben

    Full article: The New Yorker

  • published Press in About 2021-05-18 16:18:33 -0400


  • published Measure My Footprint 2021-05-12 10:54:39 -0400

    Measure My Footprint

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  • published The JMK Innovation Prize in Blog 2021-04-29 09:11:44 -0400

    The JMK Innovation Prize

    Anne Laker and Daniel Poynter just applied for The JMK Innovation Prize. It's one of the most respected sources of support for early stage social entrepreneurs:

    The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of social justice, the environment, and heritage conservation.

    In 2021, we will award up to ten Prizes, each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 in technical assistance funds, for a total award of $175,000. Awardees also receive guidance through the Fund and its resource network, providing tools and training that can help turn innovative ideas into life-changing social impacts.

    Read our application below:

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  • published Case Study - Anne Marie Mills in Households 2021-04-26 18:53:55 -0400

    Anne Marie Mills - I'm Carbon Neutral!

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