DEEP: 2000 Government/Institutional GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2000 Government/Institutional Related

Name of Government Or Institutional Entity

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Town of New Canaan, DPW
New Canaan, CT
Executing changes which reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% The town constructed a new wastewater treatment plant with an energy savings program. The projected savings are $30,432 per year, an 18.8% savings. Conservation measures include: high efficiency lighting, variable frequency drives on the waste blowers, high efficiency motor up-grades, air conditioning up-grades and controls on aeration equipment.
Town of Newington
Newington, CT
Executing an innovative purchasing program which promotes the procurement of recycled and environmentally preferable products; and opening large tracts of private property for public recreation The town installed a card reader system for their natural gas fueling station to promote alternative fuels for municipal and private fleets. Newington is the first municipality being considered by the State of Connecticut and the US Energy Deptartment for a grant to purchase 2 full-sized school buses powered by compressed natural gas. The town cleaned/dredged Mill Pond, removing over 30 years of siltation and vegetation growth. Silt and dredged materials were reclaimed and spread over a ballfield. The town enacted a geese management program (the Mill Pond area had over 800 geese) using sheep dogs, pyrotechnics and decoys.
CT Department of Corrections
Recycled Aluminum Contract
Wethersfield, CT
Executing an innovative purchasing program which promotes the procurement of recycled and environmentally preferable products The Department established a $2.9 million contract for 2.2 million pounds of recycled content aluminum to manufacture state license plates. The contract resulted in a savings of $50,000.00, a reduction of 3.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide, 3.6 million pounds of red mud, and 90,000 pounds of solid waste. Energy savings equate to 2.6 million gallons of gasoline.
CT Department of Environmental Protection
Hartford, CT
Executing an innovative purchasing program which promotes the procurement of recycled and environmentally preferable products The Department teamed up to hire an Environmental Purchasing Coordinator and launched one of the few Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Programs in the country. The program promotes sustainable purchasing by identifying new products and services, upgrading contracts and introducing benefits of EPP to buyers from state agencies and municipalities. More than $11,000,000 of environmentally preferable purchases were made.
CT Department of Administrative Services
Hartford, CT
Executing an innovative purchasing program which promotes the procurement of recycled and environmentally preferable products The Department teamed up to hire an Environmental Purchasing Coordinator and launch one of the few Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Programs in the country. The program promotes sustainable purchasing by identifying new products and services, upgrading contracts and introducing benefits of EPP to buyers from state agencies and municipalities. More than $11,000,000 of environmentally preferable purchases were made.

The Department purchased 670 model year 2000 vehicles of which 300 are Cavalier bi-fuel natural gas vehicles. These vehicles can reduce nitrogen oxide and reactive hydrocarbons emissions by up to 93%, and reduces emissions of carbon dioxide by 30% and carbon monoxide by 65%.

CT Department of Transportation
Newington, CT
Executing an innovative purchasing program which promotes the procurement of recycled and environmentally preferable products The Department is conducting a 6-month performance test to determine the viability of re-refined oil. If the re-refined oil meets necessary standards, DOT plans to the use re-refined oil for its fleet. Such actions help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and promote a more economical product.
Madison Land Conservation Trust, Inc.
Madison, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations The Trust sponsored "Green-up, Clean-up" Day. The Trust purchased a 1.8 acre lot at the end of Garnet Park Road which lies at the entrance to Ox Pasture peninsula preserving the gateway. The Trust constructed an observation platform on its property. It hosted a group of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies students that will study the area and prepare a management plan. Over 40% of the Trustís purchases involve recycled products such as plastic, cedar wood chips and sawdust.
Colebrook Land Conservation
Colebrook, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The Conservation sponsored a series of guided tours for the public, including a canoe trip and walks, to raise awareness by the public about conservation and habitat protection.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Norwalk, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; and sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day The Aquarium adopted a stretch of I-95 between exits 8 and 10 for 2000 and 2001. The Aquarium co-sponsored a beach clean-up at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk on International Coastal Clean-up Day (9/18/99) with Save the Sound & Sea Grant.
Town of Redding
Redding, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats The town purchased a 70-acre parcel of land on Sunset Hill Road adjacent to Huntington State Park to protect it as a scenic ridgeline vista from the road and as a wildlife conservation area. The conservation area will provide nesting sites for grassland birds.
The Connecticut Water Company
Clinton, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects The Water Company worked with the Town of South Windsor to design and install a platform on CWC's Desmond Pond property, along Pierce Road, for safe viewing of waterfowl. They assisted the town with the design of an off-road parking area and walkway access to town and private property. CWC is preparing a series of educational workshops with the town at the pond regarding waterfowl habitat, the importance of protecting natural resources, and other environmental topics.
Town of Hebron, Parks & Recreation Department
Hebron, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day The town sponsored the 2nd Annual Community Clean-up Day on May 13, 2000. Businesses donated raffle prizes, garbage bags, plastic gloves, pizza, grinders, baked goods, beverages and paper goods. Every person turning in a bag of trash was given a raffle ticket.
Peabody Museum of Natural History
New Haven, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations The Museum sponsored the New Haven Quinnipiac River Clean-up Day 2000 on May 6, 2000. The Museum served as one of two staging areas for the event. Each volunteer received a free 5-color National River Clean-up T-shirt, safety instructions, gloves, garbage bags and directions to clean-up sites.

The Peabody Fellows Biodiversity Education Program (a 4-year science education program for New Haven teachers, school children and their families) has three major components: 1) The Peabody Fellows: 12 teachers are trained each year and receive a $1,000 stipend for the development and classroom implementation of one curriculum unit related to an aspect of biodiversity. 2) The Mobile BioAction Lab: the Museum developed and constructed a lab that is specifically designed for demonstrating hands-on inquiry-based teaching methods. The Lab visits each participating school for a three-week period each year and is filled with over 300 hands-on natural history specimens, a computer, nature video library and stereomicroscope. 3) Family & Community Involvement: Participating school children and their families receive free passes to the Museum and are encouraged to use the museum.

New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park
Kensington, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations The Museum restored an early successional shrub meadow. It created a grass and wildflower meadow, windrows, and brush piles. Participants planted beneficial trees, shrubs and wildflowers. The goal of the program is to improve species diversity and the carrying capacity of the land.
Meriden Conservation Commission
Meriden, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations; and opening large tracts of private property for public recreation The South Mountain Preservation Project has expanded Hubbard Park, in Meriden and Berlin. In so doing, it has led to the protection of key watershed lands, preserved critical plant and animal habitats, and contributed to safe-guarding the extensive trail system in an environmentally sensitive mountain range. This project adheres to the Metacomet Ridge Conservation Compact.
U.S. Forest Service
N. E. Center for Forest Health Research

Hamden, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations The Forest Service is a sponsor of the Connecticut Envirothon. It also provides forestry training for 10 volunteers (students and teachers). The Forest Service partners with the Connecticut Forest and Parks Association in the John R. Camp Outdoor Classroom & Demonstration Forest to promote environmental education, research and showcase good forest management practices.
City of New Britain, Parks and Recreation Department
New Britain, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instruction programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs or lake, river or watershed associations; donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations; and opening large tracts of private property for public recreation The Department established a 44-station nature trail in A.W. Stanley Park. An environmental review was conducted and enhancements were built in accordance with the review. The Department published the A.W. Stanley Trail Guide booklet.

The following personnel were involved in the project: William DeMaio, Sue Egan, Dave Gobar, Tracy Kavas, Matt Matulis, Bob McGlone, Gary Raia, and Dean Sasso.

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