DEEP: 2001 Government/Institutional GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2001 Government/Institutional Related

Name of Government or Institutional Entity

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Peabody Museum of Natural History
New Haven, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats The Peabody Museum sponsored the New Haven Harbor clean up. Approximately 250 people participated clean up in the clean-up, collecting 4,000 pounds of rubbish from the Long Island Sound, the beaches at the Long Wharf Nature Preserve, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park. In April, 2001, in celebration of Earth Day, the Peabody Museum opened a new exhibit "The Muskrat & The Osprey; The Hidden Quinnipiac Marsh". The goal of the exhibit is to educate museum visitors on the marshes, flora and wildlife of the Connecticut River.
Science Center of Eastern Connecticut
New London, 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 instructional programs; and reducing annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% The Science Center of Eastern Connecticut created a tidal marsh restoration education program for high school students for Bentley Creek in downtown New London. Scientific studies on the restoration project were performed by monitoring water and soil quality and plant and animal life. They are developing restoration criteria for elementary and middle school students and adults. The Science Center also initiated a campaign to reduce energy bills by turning off lights, adjusting thermostats, replacing lights with energy saving lights, converting to programmable thermostats, and negotiating bulk fuel contracts.
South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
New Haven, CT
Reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, etc.) South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority conducted a series of thermometer exchanges through their household hazardous waste collection program. The Regional Water Authority promoted the program extensively and was responsible for collecting over 11,000 mercury fever thermometers. The educational outreach they provided also created an increased awareness of the dangers of mercury which resulted in an increase in the amount of elemental mercury brought in by residents.
The Maritime Aquarium
Norwalk, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects The Maritime Aquarium houses forty-one educational programs promoting conservation and protection of habitats.
U.S. Forest Service
Northeastern Research Station
Hamden, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs The U.S. Forest Service cooperates with the Connecticut Forest & Parks Association on the John R. Camp Outdoor Classroom & Demonstration Forest. The Forest Service is also a sponsor of the Connecticut Envirothon. and has devoted significant time to develop Project Learning Tree modules for use in grade schools.
United States Coast Guard Academy
New London, CT
Reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, etc.) The Academy cooperated with EPA in June, 2000 on a mercury case study and collected over 200 pounds of elemental mercury, including 100% of the Chemistry Department's mercury compounds, 37 unused manometers, and over 150 mercury thermometers. In addition thermometer storage was improved, a procedure for mercury spills was developed, and mercury awareness was raised to new levels across campus. In April, 2001 the Academy, along with DEP and Connecticut College, hosted a household mercury thermometer exchange and collected 220 mercury thermometers and several mercury thermostats.

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