DEEP: 1998 Government GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
1998 Government/Institutional Related

Name of Government or Institutional Entity


Description Of Activity

Town of Newington
Newington, CT
Purchase alternative fuel vehicles Over the past several years, the town introduced a significant number of alternative fuel motor vehicles into its fleet of rolling stock. They now have five police cruisers, nine administrative vehicles, and one Youth Services van (with a capacity of up to 15 people). Vehicles are either fully dedicated or bi-fuel natural gas units.
U.S. Postal Service CT District
Hartford, CT
Convert buses or other fleet vehicles to natural gas or electricity Between 1996 and 1998, 76 vehicles in Norwalk and Greenwich were converted to natural gas. In 1998, 76 vehicles in Norwalk and Greenwich were upgraded with new CNG regulators. Also in 1998 the Norwalk Post Office fueling station was dedicated. The Post Office will also demonstrate a new dedicated CNG conversion kit at the New Britain Post Office. The effort involves six vehicles and, if successful, will be implemented nationwide.
Town of Greenwich
Greenwich, CT
Purchase an alternative fueled vehicle that generates lower emissions The town purchased its first dedicated CNG OEM pick-up truck in 1997 as an initial pilot program. The department that was assigned the vehicle has been very happy with it. Consequently, the town is now planning to add additional dedicated CNG OEM vehicles in the upcoming budget cycle.
Town of Berlin
Berlin, CT
Convert buses or other fleet vehicles to natural gas or electricity The Town Council voted to appropriate money to work in conjunction with CNG to build an Alternative Fuel Station. Since then the town has purchased several police and municipal vehicles that run on natural gas. The town will be purchasing more vehicles for 1998-99 and hope to open the pumps to other businesses and the public.
Presbyterian Church of Coventry
Coventry, CT
Implement facility-wide IPM program In early 1997, the church switched from monthly pesticide applications for carpenter ants by a commercial vendor, to treating the soil with diatomaceous earth.
Haddam Republican Town Committee
Haddam, CT
Separate organic materials at schools and other cafeterias for composting To reduce landfill waste and promote recycling, HRTC did a town-wide truck sale to sell Earth Machine composters. Part of the proceeds helped finish a town green gazebo project and at the same time promoted conservation.
DEP Composters
Hartford, CT
Separate organic materials at schools and other cafeterias for composting Since September 1997, more than 750 DEP employees have had the opportunity to participate in an on-site in-vessel composting program for food scraps at their 79 Elm Street office building in Hartford. Although any employee can contribute by separating their organics, approximately 100 volunteers actually manage the program. They do this by emptying collection buckets and turning the compost on a daily basis, and harvesting the "black gold" every four months. To date, approximately 9,000 pounds (4 tons) of food scraps have been diverted from waste disposal and turned into a useable product. The finished compost is used to amend the building's flower beds and establish gardens in state parks, and is given to employees to promote pollution prevention, recycling and source reduction.
USDA Forest Service
Hamden, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs; donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects; and implement habitat enhancement for wildlife on private property The Forest Service has participated with DEP in preparing, testing and teaching the Forest Ecology Program of Project Learning Tree. The Forest Service has sponsored coordinators, instructors and monitors in the CT Envirothon Program. The Forest Service has an active teaching program at Camp Sequassen for the Boy Scouts summer camp session. It also participates annually in the Norwalk Scouting Organization Special Scouting Outing for disabled children.
CT Conservation Education and Firearms Safety Program
Burlington, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs 320 volunteer instructors annually train about 5,000 students in 180 or more courses. In 1997, 15,241 hours were contributed by the instructor corps. Over the past 16 years, more than 85,000 sportsmen have been trained in the basic concepts of wildlife management, ethical behavior, and the proper use of hunting equipment.
Southington Water Department and the Town of Southington
Southington, CT
Open large tracts of private land for public recreation  The town purchased 269.9 acres of Crescent Lake Reservoir and watershed from the Plainville Water Company to open it up for public recreation and streamflow supplementation of the Quinnipiac River. The area is used by local fisherman and hikers.
Shelton Youth Services Bureau and the City of Shelton
Shelton, CT
Adopt a park, a stretch of highway, or beach for a period of twelve months  The City of Shelton began an "Adopt a Park" program in an effort to beautify and clean up various spots around the city. The Youth Services Bureau adopted the memorial site that is located along the entrance walkway of the police station. The group painted lightposts, added white landscape rocks and red cedar mulch, and planted many flowers. The site is maintained on a year-round basis as an ongoing project.

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