Climate change and its effects on public health is a hot-button issue for many Carmel residents, and the Carmel Green Initiative will explore the topic at a sustainable living seminar at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Ave. SE.
Special guest Janet McCabe, assistant director for policy and implementation at Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute, will speak on “Indiana’s Path to Sustainability.” She has been an Indiana resident since 1993 and has an extensive background in studying air quality issues.
“I have been in environmental policy and regulation my whole career,” McCabe said. “Air quality is my area of expertise, but I have also been involved in a number of different extracurricular activities around sustainability and environmental protection.”
McCabe knows scientific topics can be difficult to understand.
“It’s challenging work to get information in front of people in a way that is meaningful to them and understandable to them,” she said. “It’s especially challenging because scientists don’t always explain scientific issues in a way that is most acceptable to most non-scientists.”
Her discussion will focus on work under way in Indiana.
“The theme of the discussion is what it means to be sustainable and why and how Hoosiers can contribute to that important effort,” McCabe said. “I will be talking about the importance of thinking about how our activities impact the environment around us and how that affects our health and wellbeing. The good and positive things that are going on in the state now give me optimism that we are going to be moving toward a more sustainable way of doing things here.”
The event is free. For more, visit carmelgreen.org.
Sustainable Living Seminar
When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22
Where: Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Ave. SE
More info: CarmelGreen.org