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  • published Diocese of Evansville - A Team Effort of Love in Blog 2020-12-31 18:40:54 -0500

    Diocese of Evansville - A Team Effort of Love

    The following was written by Deacon Tom Cervone, PhD, Sister Maureen Houlihan, DC, and Nichole Cervone-Gish, ED MS. It was published in The Message, the newspaper for Southwester Indiana's Catholic Community. They are encouraging their community to measure their carbon footprints, and become carbon neutral, through Carbon Neutral Indiana.

    "Editor’s note: This series takes a deeper look at Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on the care for our common home, “Laudato si.’”

    Did you know that in 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the National Environmental Policy Act, which required some federal agencies to take part in certain regulations, policies, projects, licensing and permitting? The NEPA has been a blessing for 50 years because it requires projects to realize their impacts on the environment and be held accountable. It was developed to avoid, minimize and mitigate/lessen our impacts upon Earth’s air, water and soil.

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  • published CNI Origin Story in Blog 2020-12-23 08:34:44 -0500

    CNI Origin Story

    We founded CNI in April, 2020, but it grew out of over a year of full time research, hundreds of interviews with people working on climate throughout Indiana, and a massive group chat with 50+ friends.

    The story begins in the summer of 2018.

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  • published Case Study - Anne Laker and Joe Merrick in Households 2020-12-10 11:08:48 -0500

    Anne Laker and Joe Merrick - We're Carbon Neutral!

    "The climate crisis has always been my top issue. Our survival is threatened. If we don’t deal with climate change, no other issue is going to matter.

    Knowing this has galvanized me in many different ways. I used to write stories about the crisis, and I worked for a few organizations tackling this issue. I’ve even helped out with art shows discussing the issue. There are lots of creative ways to face climate change.

    Carbon Neutral Indiana is one of the ways to take action. It required a bit of homework before my carbon inventory, but the call was administered well. It didn’t take long, there was no judgment from the organization, and it was enlightening. Knowing my emissions makes me want to try harder to reduce them.

    Why should others become carbon neutral?

    The process allows us to feel redemption. You can feel better about the way you’re living on this planet. After my call, I felt relieved as well as excited about the Alaska bear and forest restoration project that we’re funding with our offset contribution. I trust Carbon Neutral Indiana to vet the projects that we invest in." -Anne Laker

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  • published Interviewing Indiana's Climate Community in Blog 2020-11-27 14:32:57 -0500

    Interviewing Indiana's Climate Community

    Carbon Neutral Indiana grew out of two projects: (1) interviews with 200+ people working on climate, many in Indiana and (2) six months of research into Project Drawdown climate solutions in Indiana in 2019.

    Below is a partial list of these 200+ people. We conducting these meetings to discover who is doing what and where we fit in. List in progress.

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  • published Our Seventh Month in Blog 2020-11-23 15:19:04 -0500

    Our Seventh Month

    Carbon Neutral Indiana got 501c3 non-profit status on April 7, 2020. This is an account of month #7. Also see previous accounts:

     

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  • Jeff Marks and Chris Marks, Ph.D. - We're Carbon Neutral!

    "We, Jeff Marks and Chris Marks, PhD, live in a log home in the forest in Owen County. Our woods help us achieve the carbon neutrality that we seek as we want to be good stewards of the good earth. The beauty of Carbon Neutral Indiana is that it provides a powerful framework for citizens to take control of that which they can control, their own impact on the environment. The measurement step is important because it helps people understand footprint and that leads to better management. We are grateful to Carbon Neutral Indiana for its leadership in this endeavor." -Jeff Marks and Chris Marks, PhD

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  • published Summary of Our 3rd Quarter in 2020 in Blog 2020-10-06 18:14:02 -0400

    Summary of Our 3rd Quarter in 2020

    This video summarizes what our network achieved in the 3rd quarter of 2020. Below the video is a full report. See also accounts of our first month, second month, 2nd quarter, and fourth month.

    Best part: "In all, in the middle of a pandemic and economic recession, with no grants, our all volunteer network averted over $500,000 in social costs of carbon."

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  • published Case Study - Caroline Nellis in Households 2020-09-30 17:33:06 -0400

    Caroline Nellis - I'm Carbon Neutral!

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  • published $50,000 Club in About 2020-09-30 12:41:58 -0400

    $50,000 Club

  • published Case Study - Ethyl Ruehman in Households 2020-09-28 08:58:26 -0400

    Ethyl Ruehman - I'm Carbon Neutral!

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  • BRICs (Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station) Becomes Carbon Neutral

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    "Our names are David and Nonie Vonnegut-Gabovitch, both life-long Hoosiers!

    In 2010, we opened an ice cream store, BRICS (Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station) in Broad Ripple on the Monon Trail.  Our concept was simple – to offer great tasting but affordable ice cream in a fun setting while staying true and committed to our love of the environment. From landscaping with native plants, using glassware for in-store dining and employing the use of dual flush toilets and a water bottle filling station, to utilizing only compostable or recyclable to-go items and serving samples of our ice cream using metal vs. plastic tasting spoons we are dedicated to doing our environmental duty.  All these efforts are not inexpensive but are part of our mission.

    Becoming carbon neutral allows us to take responsibility for those aspects of our business that tax the environment. For example, the extra electricity needed to run our freezers and dishwasher as well as greenhouse gas emissions stemming from our employees’ transportation are excesses we wish to compensate for.  As “green” business owners, we want to do all we can to be good stewards of this one amazing planet we are occupying. We care about what we leave for our children, grandchildren and the world as a whole."

    -Nonie & David Vonnegut-Gabovitch, Owners of BRICs

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  • published Our Fourth Month in Blog 2020-08-12 18:23:50 -0400

    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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  • published Summary of Our 2nd Quarter in 2020 in Blog 2020-07-05 12:57:29 -0400

    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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  • published Case Study - Takoda Potts in Households 2020-06-28 12:11:34 -0400

    Takoda Potts - I'm Carbon Neutral!

    "I read the book 6 Degrees a year ago. There are so many potential feedback loops that the climate could fall into. I don’t even want to imagine what that would lead to. It made me scared, and it motivated me to become a vegetarian. 

    Yesterday, before our carbon inventory I was really deep in thought about it all. It gets overwhelming thinking about it.

    Now, after our meeting, I feel a little better. Like there’s some good news in the world. I feel hopeful, optimistic. Why? There’s hope in knowing that there are organizations like Carbon Neutral Indiana out there dedicated to fighting this. Organizations looking to solve the problems through meaningful, effective techniques and strategies.

    Becoming carbon neutral was easy. The inventory itself was like an interview. It helped me realize the impact I have on the environment around me.

    Others should consider becoming carbon neutral because all of us, even me as a college student with a relatively small carbon footprint, cause social costs. Mine for example is about $2,000. We’re all individually affecting our environment in ways we don’t understand. So it's important to pay attention. It's definitely important to understand the impact we have and to dedicate ourselves to meaningful results." -Takoda Potts

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  • published Case Study - Chris and Anne Haynes in Households 2020-06-27 12:26:27 -0400

    Chris and Anne Haynes - We're Carbon Neutral!

    "When you look at trends regarding the climate crisis, we’re driving civilization over a cliff. We’re living with consequences today and they will be far worse for future generations. There are a few bright lights on the horizon -- technology, shifts in consciousness -- but these will only avoid the most catastrophic scenarios.

    That’s why programs like Carbon Neutral Indiana are special. They provide a precious opportunity for motivating grass-roots action that makes a difference, at least for those who are relatively well-off. And they’re the ones most responsible for excess consumption that is contributing most to the problem.

    What’s different about Carbon Neutral Indiana is that it doesn’t require a lifestyle change (though some such changes are still important). Reducing air travel and becoming a vegetarian would lower your footprint (it has ours), but they’re big changes. Carbon neutrality isn’t a heavy lift for many and allows you to take more responsibility for those lifestyle choices.

    Also, as more households and businesses become carbon neutral, Carbon Neutral Indiana is providing concrete evidence of citizen concern that politicians will notice.

    It feels very good to at least be neutralizing our future contribution to the world’s most pressing problem." -Chris Haynes

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  • commented on Contact 2020-10-12 09:17:10 -0400
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    Contact

    Call us at: 317-721-4587

     

    Mailing address:

    Carbon Neutral Indiana

    C/o Indiana Forest Alliance

    615 N. Alabama Street Suite A

    Indianapolis, IN 46204

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  • published World's First Carbon Neutral Llamas! in Households 2020-06-20 21:00:28 -0400

    World's First Carbon Neutral Llamas!

    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

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  • published Our Second Month in Blog 2020-06-11 23:20:43 -0400

    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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