Natalie CrawfordSenior Natalie Crawford was recognized by the City of Carmel last week at an all-school morning meeting.

Crawford served on the board of the Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program last school year, and the program was recently awarded the 2015 President’s Environmental Youth Award by the EPA for Region 5. Crawford’s peers traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept the award earlier this month. Because Crawford was unable to attend, the City of Carmel asked to recognize her hard work at a University High School morning meeting last week.

The President’s Environmental Youth Award recognized the Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program’s ongoing work to “make Carmel greener, one youth project at a time.”

The Carmel Green Teen program awards grants up to $1,000 each to youth-led projects that support the environment and promote sustainability in Carmel. Six projects in total were funded in 2015. Two of the projects that were funded — one a butterfly garden and the other two water-bottle-filling stations — happened at University High School last year.