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CARMEL, Ind. – A Carmel organization made up of middle and high school students recently took a trip to the White House to accept a prestigious award for its environmental work.

The Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program, which designs and implements projects to address environmental needs in Carmel, was awarded the 2015 President’s Environmental Youth Award by the EPA for Region 5 on August 16.

Officials say grants up to $1,000 are given to each of the Green Teen groups for projects that support the environment and promote sustainability in the city. Six projects were funded in 2015, including a butterfly garden, an educational “Earth Fair,” and four projects promoting recycling and refillable water bottles at various city schools.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard says the Green Teens have inspired countless youth to make a difference in their community.

“I have watched the program grow and expand through the years thanks to dedicated board members and the financial sponsorship from the City of Carmel Utilities,” said Brainard. “The projects they have funded and students they have mentored have made a positive impact to both the environment and Carmel community.”