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Daniel Poynter

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

    Transparent

    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.

    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.

    In September 2021, Dr. Greist gave a $10,000 gift to CNI as well as a $10,000 zero interest loan to fund a marketing campaign.

    Below she knocks over a small domino, showing that dominoes can knock over another one 1.5X the size. In 27 dominoes, the SD card in your phone could knock over the Empire State Building. As the CNI community grows, it grows faster. What can we accomplish together?

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

    Stories of Impact

    Inspiration

    "...[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, Climate Author, in The New Yorker [8/5/20]

    Leadership

    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.

    Agency

    "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.

    Friendship

    "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

    Hope

    "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.

    Efficacy

    "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

    Integrity

    "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

    Concrete

    "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

    Responsibility

    “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

    Leadership

    "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 Become Carbon Neutral in About 2021-05-12 10:54:39 -0400

    Become Carbon Neutral

    Discover your household's carbon footprint:

    Take the survey
  • 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:

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

    Anne Marie Mills - I'm Carbon Neutral!

    Do you want your household to be carbon neutral?

    Measure your household's carbon footprint

  • published Case Study - Rock Emmert & Kris Lasher in Households 2021-04-23 09:23:27 -0400

    Rock Emmert & Kris Lasher - We're Carbon Neutral!

    "Happy Earth Day 🌎

    We're excited to learn recently that our home is carbon neutral. 

    Kris and I are grateful for our solar and geothermal (sun and earth) energy, our woods, our hybrid car, and continuing education. 🌳 Thank you to... Carbon Neutral Indiana, and the Indiana Forest Alliance, for your advocacy for a cleaner and healthier environment... 🌞"

    Do you want your household to be carbon neutral?

    Measure your household's carbon footprint

  • published Rock Emmert & Kris Lasher Celebrate Earth Day in Blog 2021-04-23 08:59:35 -0400

    Rock Emmert & Kris Lasher Celebrate Earth Day

    Rock Emmert & Kris Lasher are super community organizers in southern Indiana. To learn about some of their good work, see Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life, this Indy Star article, or this NRDC blog post.

    "Happy Earth Day 🌎

    We're excited to learn recently that our home is carbon neutral. 

    Kris and I are grateful for our solar and geothermal (sun and earth) energy, our woods, our hybrid car, and continuing education. 🌳 Thank you to Daniel Poynter, Carbon Neutral Indiana, and the Indiana Forest Alliance, for your advocacy for a cleaner and healthier environment. To learn more about climate change and to determine your carbon footprint, visit www.CarbonNeutralIndiana.org. 🌞"
  • published New Yard Signs in Blog 2021-04-21 13:48:11 -0400

    New Yard Signs

    We just got 100 new yard signs yesterday, designed by Andy Fry and Lee Eisenbarth. There are already about 100 installed around Indiana, and according to INDOT about 200,000 people drive by them every day.

  • published CNI Spotlighted in Input Fort Wayne in Blog 2021-04-21 08:54:02 -0400

    CNI Spotlighted in Input Fort Wayne

    Kara Hackett wrote Celebrate Earth Day in Indiana by going carbon neutral. She highlighted Kurt Roembke & Sarah Suraci, a carbon neutral household in the area. Thanks kto Kurt and Sarah for talking to Kara about CNI and helping make this article happen.

  • published Case Study - Kurt Roembke & Sarah Suraci in Households 2021-04-21 08:47:40 -0400

    Kurt Roembke & Sarah Suraci - We're Carbon Neutral!

    The following comes from an article in Input Fort Wayne:

    "One of those households belongs to Kurt Roembke, who connected with Carbon Neutral Indiana out of the desire to start a similar initiative here.
     
    A longtime member of the Sunrise Movement in Northeast Indiana, Roembke wanted to encourage Fort Wayne residents to support local groups reducing greenhouse gas emissions by composting or tree planting. But like Poynter, he noticed a lack of Indiana organizations involved in this work. 

    So when he heard Carbon Neutral Indiana was funding verified carbon offsets globally, he decided to give it a try. Upon going through his free consultation with his partner, Sarah Suraci, in January 2020, they both signed up for the program, costing them about $20 a month each.
     
    Roembke says some of the biggest surprises were how much his diet and air travel contribute to his carbon footprint. He was also surprised to learn that climate-friendly practices, like composting, were smaller factors in his overall footprint.

    While he plans to continue composting as a means of encouraging systems change, he is also proud to have a “We are Carbon Neutral” sign in his yard now and encourage his neighbors to join Carbon Neutral Indiana, too.
     
    'Offsetting your footprint and composting are things that might not have a huge impact compared to much needed systemic change, but it allows for us to start a conversation and live closer to our values,' Roembke says. 'That’s why I think yard signs are important. It’s about creating culture change, and hopefully, that will grow to the point that it seeps into government policy. That’s where my mind is.'
     
    Since Carbon Neutral Indiana is new and the concept of carbon offsets, in general, tends to be vague and controversial, Roembke has had moments where he’s questioned its effectiveness.
     
    'If you’re a logical person, you start to wonder: Why isn’t anyone else doing it?' he says.
     
    Even so, he feels that it’s important to start somewhere on climate change, and he’s optimistic about the potential Carbon Neutral Indiana has to advance environment consciousness in Fort Wayne and beyond.
     
    'So many people like me might think: Until I can figure it all out, I can’t really do anything to fight climate change, but I think we’re in a position where that can’t be true,” Roembke says. 'If it was, then nothing would ever happen.'
     
    His advice?
     
    'Do as much as you can now, but keep questioning and figuring it out,' he says. 'Carbon Neutral Indiana is one way to do that.'"

    Do you want your household to be carbon neutral?

    Measure your household's carbon footprint

  • published CNI's First Birthday Celebration in Blog 2021-04-08 22:32:31 -0400

    CNI's First Birthday Celebration

    Below is a video of Carbon Neutral Indiana's first birthday celebration. About 44 people in the community came together on April 7, 2021.

     

    Anne Laker (Development, CNI)

    00:10​ - Welcome

     

    Daniel Poynter (Co-Founder, CNI)

    02:18​ - How Carbon Neutral Indiana started

    05:46​ - Accomplishments in our first year

    06:44​ - Portraits of all who became carbon neutral

    07:22​ - Animation of how our community grew

     

    Josh & Cara Bach (first carbon neutral household)

    07:45​ - What he sees in CNI

     

    Chris Powers (Co-Founder, CNI)

    09:35​ - Present state of the community (e.g. finances, impact)

     

    Daniel Poynter (Co-Founder, CNI)

    13:28​ - Future of CNI

     

    Chris Powers (Co-Founder, CNI)

    17:39​ - Call representatives from the break out rooms (What makes our community unique? Why is it important it grow quickly?)

    17:50​ - Robin Applegarth

    18:14​ - Zach Day

    19:33​ - Brian Will

    20:14​ - Larry Zimmer

     

    Anne Laker (Development, CNI)

    12:16​ - Announce fundraising goal

    24:55​ - Rae Schnapp, PhD

    27:28​ - Nancy Moldenhauer

    32:40​ - John Bohlmann

     

    Daniel Poynter (Co-Founder, CNI)

    34:55​ - Wrap up meeting, story of Norris Henderson

     

    Norris Henderson

    37:12​ - Clip from interview about social movements

     

  • published Daniel Poynter's Testimony on SB 373 in Blog 2021-04-03 13:40:17 -0400

    Daniel Poynter's Testimony on SB 373

    Carbon Neutral Indiana has helped facilitate bipartisan climate legislation in Indiana, along with several other organizations. Below, see Daniel's testimony on March 30, 2021. 

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