Thursday, March 31, 2016

Earth Charter Indiana Night at the Indiana Pacers

We enjoyed a wonderful opportunity on March 29 to showcase our work with youth, thanks to Steve Miknis from the Indiana Pacers. Steve reached out to me a couple months ago, hoping we'd collaborate with Pacers as part of the NBA Go Green Week initiative.

Steve, you had us at "Pacers."

See photos below for a depiction of the evening, which included plastic cup capture (recycling) throughout the Fieldhouse, as well as our Hands on Indiana interactive art project. For pregame festivities, we were given Pacers Square for a series of presentations by youth on a variety of stewardship issues, along with a moment in the limelight at half time, honoring Earth Charter Indiana.

Who won? For the record, it was the Chicago Bulls, but I wasn't paying much attention. Instead I was too busy watching all the excited, happy faces of Indy's young people, enjoying a break from their hard work making their future more livable.

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Ansel got us started off with a presentation on recycling — and our plan that night to Dunk Your Cup!

Ella (left) dressed up as Ginny Weasley to talk about fighting climate change by purchasing second hand clothing, just like the Weasleys do.

Sidener Academy presented on their JustTrayNo project about polystyrene trays in their cafeteria.

Next up was The Orchard School's project to rid Wintercreeper from consumer shelves — it's invasive and takes over everything. These students recently took their case directly to the DNR.
High schoolers with Groundwork Indy engage in ecological restoration projects.
Dana (left) and Parker, sophomores at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, present on their project, Parkerhouse, serving the homeless population of Indianapolis. 
Maddie Brooks presents a Climate Change 101 slideshow for the assembled 100+ in attendance.
Maddie Adkins (left) presented with her friend Paige, on their Promise Project in Carmel, working with the mayor and city councilors on climate recovery and resilience.
Maddie Brooks gives a thumbs up at our youth gather at centercourt at halftime.
After their appearance at centercourt, this was one happy group of kids! There's Steve Miknis in the background on the left, thank you Steve!
We look forward to continued connection to the Indiana Pacers, as they up their game regarding sustainability. Our kids are there to help with enthusiasm, innovative ideas and joy. 


  1. Looks like a wondeful event and from the pictures I can tell everyone enjoyed themselves a lot. Hope to see more updates from you on sustainability events soon. Keep up the good work.

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