Staff Environmental Scientist Haley Waldkoetter visited Carmel Clay Middle School to give a presentation on the importance of responsible development to protecting groundwater supplies. The visit was a part of Mark Weaver’s 8th grade Ecology project based learning (PBL) experience centered around the question “What are the benefits and detriments of development in Carmel?”.
The students started a two-week unit where they will choose a current development project in the city of Carmel and analyze it from multiple points of view. Students will then make predictions about the future effects of the project on the community and ecology that also reflects data that will present.
On May 18th, Haley will be returning to evaluate students’ projects. Other presenters at this event included staff from the City of Carmel, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Carmel Clay Historical Society, and Citizens Energy Group.
Haley is experienced in city development and groundwater contamination through her experience evaluating businesses as part of the Mundell’s participation in the Marion County Wellfield Education Corporation. In this role, she sees good (and bad) business practices and helps business owners understand and comply with new city ordinances and health code regulations.