DEEP: 2000 School GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2000 School Related

Name Of School Facility

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Southeast Elementary School
Mansfield Center, CT
Executing an innovative purchasing program which promotes the procurement of recycled and environmentally preferable products; successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; 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 Students at the school compost daily and use the processed compost in the school garden and greenhouse. Students promote composting to other schools and the community by providing tours. Other environmental programs involve purchasing recycled items, reducing waste by duplex copying, encouraging students to bring reusable containers for lunches, and recycling cans, bottles, plastics, paper, cardboard. Students built a nature trail that recognizes wildlife habitats. Students participate in many environmental activities, including participation in a recycling pledge.
Southeast Elementary School
Fourth Grade Students
Mansfield Center, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed Fourth Grade Students at Southeast Elementary School operate and maintain a composting bin. They provide informational tours about composting program on America Recycles Day.
Hebe Guardiola-Diaz, 
Chestnut Street Phytoremediation Project
Trinity College Hartford, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The group analyzed a lot on Chestnut Street. Based on the site analysis, the group planted and harvested 2 crops of Indian Mustard. Planting of the crop reduced lead soil levels from >1000ppm to <500ppm. The cleaned site will be used for a community garden.
Waddell Elementary School
Manchester, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed Waddell Elementary School collects organic materials from school lunches and uses the compost in a school wildlife habitat area.
Main Street School
Environmental Club
Terryville, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed; sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations The Environmental Club at the Main Street School recycles white paper products and other items and displays them at the town library. They also compost cafeteria foods. They helped the student council clean-up Lake Winfield. They also cleaned and planted flowers in the school yard, planted flowers at the town hall, and were involved in beautifying Route 6.
Duncan J. Berry
South Kent School

South Kent, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; 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 Mr. Berry leads Cub Scouts in clean-up projects. He taught at the Watershed Alliance of South Kent's (WASK) Hatch Pond Day. He is an environmental planning consultant for WASK. Mr. Berry’s 9th grade science class carries out environmental programs to involve students in community service projects.
South Kent School
9th Grade Class and Envirothon Team
South Kent, 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 The groups monitor the biological diversity and water quality of Hatch Pond. The focus of the program is on the east bank in preparation for a stabilization and restoration of the railway embankment along the shore.
King Street Intermediate School
Danbury, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property King Street Intermediate School students donated money to purchase 116 trees and 150 seedlings that they planted at school and around the community. They are also responsible for continued care of the plantings.
Israel Putnam School
Nature Club 
Meriden, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The Nature Club at Israel Putnam School adopted an empty courtyard and converted it into a wildlife habitat area to attract birds and other wildlife.
Rachael Manzer and the 3rd Grade Class
Ann Antolini School

New Hartford, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The group built and maintains a bluebird trail consisting of 10 houses. They also make presentations on bluebirds at school and library.
St. Francis of Assisi School
Torrington, CT
Executing changes which reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% St. Francis of Assisi School implemented an energy savings plan by overhauling the school heating system and enforcing a usage and maximum temperature policy. The changes reduced heating oil usage from 18,542 gallons per year to 11,720 gallons per year, a 36% reduction.
Debra Kraft's 8th Grade Class
St. Francis Of Assisi School

Torrington, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property Students initiated and oversee the class adoption of an historic cemetery including semi-annual clean-ups and perennial plantings. The plantings represent a recurring food source and natural camouflage area for small animals.
Warren School
Warren, 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 Students at Warren School participated in a pilot program with New Milford Farms (a division of the Nestle Co.) The eco-school program encourages students and staff to follow environmentally sustainable practices.
Warren School
4th Grade Class 

Warren, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed The 4th Grade Class at Warren School was assigned eco-team duties such as organizing and monitoring organic wastes daily, labeling bins and sharing information with other students and schools. The weighing of waste helped the cafeteria manager in determining popular lunches.
Leah Schneider
& Area Cooperative Educational Services

Hamden, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; 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 Students work with the New Haven River Keeper on adopting the Long Wharf site for monthly clean-ups. The program teaches students about environmental responsibility and community involvement.
Integrated Day Charter School
Norwich, CT
Successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program; sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; and promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Students at the Integrated Day Charter School compost grass, leaves and organic materials. Students also recycle paper, glass, cans, plastic, batteries. On Earth Day, students cleanup the school, spread wood chips in the play area, and plant wildflowers and shrubs. Other environmental programs include schoolwide distribution of fir seedlings.
Southern New England Herpetological Association
Fairfield, CT
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 Association provides numerous educational programs for the public.
Wolcott Elementary School
West Hartford, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; and promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Students at the Wolcott Elementary School adopted a piece of parkland, sponsored 3 community clean-up days, and transformed an area into an outdoor classroom for the school – "Wolcott Children's Forest". They also helped to develop environmental training and curriculum.
Don Concascia and the 6th Grade Science Class
Clark Lane Middle School

Waterford, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Mr. Concascia is responsible for 6th grade science class researching, writing letters, acquiring recycle bins for classrooms and picking up paper waste on a weekly basis. Students are working to encompass food recycling and composting at the school.
Joann Flynn and Cohanzie School's Friendship Garden Students
Waterford, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; 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 Ms. Flynn supervised the participating students in growing over 200 seeds and cuttings which were sold for over $800.00. The funds were used to purchase plants for a garden habitat specifically designed to attract and host monarch butterflies.
South Windsor Public Schools
South Windsor, CT
Implementing a facility-wide integrated pest management program South Windsor Public Schools were used as test site for IPM. The standard practice of spraying was replaced with targeted applications. Plans called for the immediate removal of food to avoid problems. Insect presence is monitored by traps and bait is targeted for specific pests. It has been 2 years since there was a need to spray for insects.
Christine Griffin and Students
Lordship School

Stratford, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; 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 Ms. Griffin supervised students in developing a series of gardens which included butterfly, perennial and wildflower plantings, and the installation of bird nesting stations.
Ann Fazi and Students
Dodd Middle School

Cheshire, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property Ms. Fazi supervised the building of an outdoor classroom with bird houses and plantings. Students also constructed a butterfly garden.
Bristol Central High School
Interact Club and Latin Club
Bristol, CT
Successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program; sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations The clubs cleaned and repaired bridges at the Barnes Nature Center, cleaned trails at Birge Pond, participated in Bristol's "spring cleaning", and instituted a paper recycling program at their school.
Ian Morris
Wallingford, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed; 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 Mr. Morris is the leader of the Choate School Environmental Program. He and the students perform a range of activities including: promoting recycling education and implementation; annual tree, shrub, bulb planting; the building of butterfly gardens; and environmental teaching in class and through internet and intranet websites.
Kent School Environmental Club
Kent, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day Club members spent 3 days cleaning up Rte. 3, Rte. 341, Schaticoke Road and mountain bike trails near the school. They filled up 2 dumpsters and donated over 100 man-hours on the project.
Keeney Street Elementary School
Manchester, CT
Successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program and exceeding mandatory recycling requirements and goals. Children at the school banned the "baggies" and juice boxes in order to save on trash. They implemented a program to promote the use of plastic containers for snacks and juice. Students received an award from the town for their efforts.
Mr. Antonio Ciccone
Seymour High School
Seymour, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Mr. Ciccone supervised the long-term monitoring and assessment of biodiversity of a plot of land at the high school. Students recorded the height, diameter, species and location of trees.
Connecticut College
New London, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed; successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program and exceeding mandatory recycling requirements and goals; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations Connecticut College separates food waste from 7 dining halls and donates approximately 1600 pounds of waste for animal feed. The College partnered with the SCRRA for chipping organic waste (they purchased a tub grinder capable of chipping 200 cubic yards per hour of bulky wood waste) used for landscaping and gardening. They also partnered with the "Reforest the Tropics" by purchasing 37 acres of land and planting Klinki pines. The pines will collect and store carbon dioxide equivalent to the college's emission over the next 25 years. Connecticut College was the first college in the US to participate in this carbon-offset program.
Anne G. Johnson and Students
I. A. Robbins Middle School

Farmington, 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 Ms. Johnson taught and organized groups of students at the Robbins Middle School 4 to 5 times a year to keep litter picked up in neighborhood cleanups conducted in the vicinity of the West Farms Mall area.
Audubon in Sharon
Sharon, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, community or conservation organizations The Audubon in Sharon assists high school students on research projects such as water quality monitoring, amphibian research studies, and invasive plant monitoring.
David M. Bozzuto and Students
North Canaan Elementary School

Canaan, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; and promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats On June 8, 2000 students participated in the Housatonic Watershed river learning day and a clean-up of the Milford public beach.

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