DEEP: 2002 Government/Institutional GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2002 Government/Institutional Related

Name of Government or Institutional Entity


Description Of Activity

Borough of Naugatuck
Naugatuck, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, etc.) The Mayor's Office of the Borough of Naugatuck, along with the Public Works and Recycling Departments, coordinated their third Mayor Joan Taf's Earth Day Community Clean-up. The Borough provided garbage bags and disposable gloves, as well as trash pick-up and disposal as needed for the Community Clean-up. They had 544 participants, who collected 257 bags of trash (as well as uncounted bulky trash items such as tires, carpeting, etc.) and cleaned 35 sites in Naugatuck. They received donations from local businesses to support the event. Each participant received a certificate for a free ice cream sundae, paid for by the donated funds. All the children involved also received a bag of candy and a packet of seeds. Groups participating in the event included school children, teenagers, scout troops, church youth groups, local business employees, and families and neighbors. Areas cleaned included town parks, the banks of the Naugatuck River, school grounds, roads and neighborhoods. The Borough has partnered with seven towns in a regional Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program since 1996. They have three one-day drop-off events per year and residents from all participating towns can bring material to all events. In September, 2000 Naugatuck hosted the first combined regional HHW and Mercury thermometer exchange event. Their region took advantage of Connecticut's DEP mercury reduction incentive. Through this incentive the DEP provided the digital thermometers for the exchange and the towns safely recycled the mercury through their HHW contractor. Naugatuck's Recycling Coordinator, working out of the Public Works and Recycling Department, is the director of the town's HHW program and works at all one-day events. The mercury recycling and exchange has been heavily promoted to Naugatuck residents and has been extremely successful in their region.
Parks and Recreation Department
City of New Britain
New Britain, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs The New Britain Parks and Recreation Department offers a three-day program - "Discover the Environment" - to all sixth graders in New Britain. The program, which runs for approximately six hours each day, includes twelve hands-on science classes offered in A.W. Stanley Park which teach environmental education and preservation. The purpose of this event is to enhance the students' awareness of nature and how to help preserve it. Classes include composting and recycling, farm animals, exotic animals, reptiles and amphibians, stream exploration, bluebird house building, games, food chain discussions, exploration of the A. W. Stanley Park's 44-station nature trail, energy conservation, and other classes presented by CT DEP.
The City of New Haven
Office of Management & Budget
New Haven, CT
Implementing clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power and reducing annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% The City of New Haven has had an ongoing energy management program since 1995 which includes removing all underground fuel oil storage tanks and converting its facilities to natural gas. They have invested over $8,467,000.00 in energy reduction improvements, which has resulted in $3,237,753 per year in avoided utility costs and $1,093,000.00 per year in reduced maintenance costs (such as lighting improvements, LED traffic lamp change over, and tunnel ventilation improvements). The City has embarked on the most aggressive school construction program in City or State history costing over $1 billion dollars. Every school is built to current State Building Code Standards for energy consumption. In addition, each school is designed with additional energy saving features that further reduce energy use and cost and qualify the structure for incentive rebates from utility companies. The City municipal facilities and the Board of Education facilities are now monitored to establish programs for Preventative Maintenance. The City will be installing a central Energy Management System and manager to monitor and control energy use in all of its facilities. The City has also secured the use of a natural gas vehicle fueling station. This station, coupled with the City's participation in the Gas Purchasing Consortium, will allow for a fleet of up to 30 natural gas powered vehicles.
The Connecticut Horse Environmental Awareness Program
Wallingford, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs The Connecticut Horse Environmental Awareness Program is a coalition of federal, state and local agencies, organizations and individuals with a common goal to educate the equine community on management practices to protect the environment. Their accomplishments to date include producing and distributing over 1,000 copies of a manure management video - "Good Horse Keeping" - to horse farms, 4-H groups, libraries, municipalities, equine groups, and environmental organizations. They held four "Good Horse Keeping for Environmental Protection" workshops and developed the "Horse Farms of Environmental Distinction" awards program. They sponsored educational displays at "Equine Affaire" in Springfield, MA; "Horse Science Symposium" at UConn, Storrs, CT; and an educational display and hands on activity for youth at the "Earth, Energy and Environment" science fair in Hartford, CT. They have written numerous articles for Equine publications and newsletters, and local newspapers. They also installed Best Management Practices at Harkness State Camp in Waterford, CT , a demonstration site including manure storage facility, stream crossing, fencing (pasture management), and stormwater runoff.
Seymour Land and Conservation Trust, Inc.
Seymour, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats The Seymour Land and Conservation Trust continued to revitalize the Seymour Legion Pool Park, an area that had environmentally deteriorated and was unusable since the late 50's. Trust members restored the pond, stocked it with trout, and maintained catch and release fishing. An annual fishing rodeo was held for children, with Trust members providing equipment and instruction for disadvantaged youth. A handicapped accessible fishing area for the physically challenged was completed. The Trust also sponsored an Eagle Scout who built fishing/observation decks in the Fountain Lake area. The Trust's Environmental Learning Center at the Pool was the site for several Trust sponsored historical and environmental lectures. Scouts and other community based organizations had permission to use the Center building for their meetings. The Trust also has an annual scholarship program given to a graduating Seymour resident who will major in a nature or environmental science field. The Trust continued to acquire and lobby for open space. The Trust's holdings grew to over 100 acres with the addition of 20 acres of land near Fountain Lake.
Torrington Area Health District
Torrington, CT
Reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, etc.) The Torrington Area Health District held a mercury thermometer exchange program for all Watertown residents.
Town of Westport
Westport, CT
Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 10% of the energy load of a business or governmental facility The Town of Westport became the first town in the Northeast to enroll in 100% green-e certified renewable power with a purchase for town hall and the town's recreational facilities. Westport has set the stage for other municipalities to follow and is supporting an outreach effort to Westport citizens and employees.
Board of Selectmen
Town of Windham
Willimantic, CT
Monitoring reductions in Greenhouse Gas emissions and meeting the U.S. Department of Energy reporting requirement for the "Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases" program and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects In April 2002, the Board of Selectmen adopted a resolution on climate change which commits the town to take a leadership role in increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from municipal operations. They are developing a community-wide approach to address climate change and energy sustainability by making energy efficiency improvements to municipal operations, promoting public awareness and mindfulness of energy efficiency and clean energy in the Windham community, and creating a model that can be replicated in other communities. An intern was hired to perform a community-wide greenhouse gas emission analysis during the summer of 2002. The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory was completed in late summer and the information was loaded into a software program developed to aggregate and analyze the data. The final report summarizes greenhouse gas emissions data and provides some initial recommendations for energy and cost-saving actions by the Town of Windham. The Town has expressed particular interest in actions to obtain greater energy efficiency in street lighting and energy use in schools. The Institute for Sustainable Energy is helping the town perform energy benchmarking of buildings that were identified as high-energy users in the GHG Inventory. This will enable the Board of Selectmen to prioritize potential actions for energy use reduction and cost-savings in the Town of Windham.
Northwest Park
Town of Windsor
Windsor, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The Town of Windsor planted native grasses to enhance the habitat of nesting birds.
Conservation Commission
Town of Windsor Locks
Windsor Locks, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs The Windsor Locks Conservation Commission sponsored its second annual cleanup event of the Connecticut River and its tributaries on October 13, 2001 along the shoreline of the Connecticut River and the Windsor Locks Canal Path to the Suffield town line. They hauled tires, metal scrap bottles, cans, boards/wood, and other debris including a kitchen sink! They filled two dump trucks with 25 garbage bags of trash and debris. The Commission also sponsored and organized a tree-planting seminar which was open to landscapers, homeowners, and anyone else who had an interest in tree planting and maintenance. The seminar was especially geared toward families who had adopted a tree with the Meskwaka Tree Project. A hands-on demonstration was given as an actual tree was planted. Following the demonstration, a number of trees were planted at the Noden Reed House, a protected historical property in the town.
Conservation Commission
Town of Woodstock
Woodstock, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs
The Town of Woodstock Conservation Commission published an educational website, developed entirely by volunteers, to help meet one of the key goals in the town Plan of Open Space and Conservation, which is reaching out and educating the community. Since 7 out of 10 households have computers, the Commission felt this was an excellent tool to share general and specific conservation information. The website covers a variety of conservation-related topics, including: open space; forestry; saving family lands; enhancing your backyard for wildlife; scenic roads; Do's and Don'ts for underground tanks, septic systems and watersheds; recycling; water conservation; news; and how to get more information. Resource maps developed using the Geographic Information System (GIS) are also available online. It has numerous links to other government, scientific and educational sites. The website is located at

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