DEEP: 2001 School GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2001 School Related

Name of School Facility

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES)
Whitney East Class
Hamden, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/ private lands/streams through voluntary projects; 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 donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects ACES, in conjunction with the New Haven Riverkeepers, sponsored a clean up of and adopted the Long Wharf site in New Haven.
Branford Day Care Center, Inc.
Branford, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects The Branford Day Care Center manages the school yard habitat which they created. The school yard habitat is open to school and scouting groups, and to the public.
Bristol Central High School InterAct Club
Bristol, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats In April and May of 2001, the InterAct Club, along with Bristol Central High School's Latin Club, cleaned trash (including shopping carts) along Memorial Boulevard, which is a stretch of highway about 1 1/2 miles long, including 2 ponds and a section of the Pequabuck River. This project was supervised by Kelly A. Monahan-DiNoia.
Bristol Central High School Latin Club
Bristol, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats In April and May of 2001, the Latin Club, along with Bristol Central High School's InterAct Club, cleaned trash (including shopping carts) along Memorial Boulevard, which is a stretch of highway about 1 1/2 miles long, including 2 ponds and a section of the Pequabuck River. This project was supervised by Kelly A. Monahan-DiNoia.
Cohanzie Elementary School
The Friendship Garden Project

Waterford, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects The Friendship Garden Project involves an integrated hands-on science unit on plant life and the life cycle of a butterfly. In Waterford, the Cohanzie Elementary School's Behavior Management Center Class, a first grade and second grade class, along with a first grade class from New London, have developed a partnership in order to strengthen connections between communities. Cohanzie students planted and cared for gardens at the school. They also grow plants in grow labs and continue to hold an annual plant sale. Students are raising butterflies and have planted butterfly bushes hoping to attract butterflies.
Connecticut College
New London, CT
Reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, etc.); implementing clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power; separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed; implementing a facility-wide integrated pest management program; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; opening large tracts of private property for public recreation; and purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 10% of energy load of a business or governmental facility Connecticut College is participating in a number of activities. They are: partnering with the CT Energy Co-Op and will soon purchase roughly 19% of their electricity from renewable electricity sources (about 2.7 MWH); a PV array offsets electricity used by a new boiler; they separate all food waste for a local pig farm; they established an IPM program; roughly 38% of their waste was recycled for year 1999-2000; and the College also participated in a mercury thermometer exchange.
Dodd Middle School
Cheshire, CT
Reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, etc.) Staff identified and traded mercury products for safe replacements.
Eastern Connecticut State University
Willimantic, CT
Implementing clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power The University converted an electric heating system to a geothermal system that provides both heating and air conditioning in a 9-story residence hall.
Goodwin Elementary School
Storrs, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed and adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The school composted all lunch scraps. The compost was used in the greenhouse and in the new school garden that the students help tend. Students also tended new school garden.
King Street Intermediate School
4th Grade Class

Danbury, CT
Successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program The fourth grade class has taken on the task of recycling aluminum cans and plastics. The students are responsible for the collecting, cleaning, and recycling of these products. They also continue to recycle paper and card board. The students do this for the entire school.
Naugatuck High School
Naugatuck, CT
Reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, etc.) The High School collected and removed all mercury containing measuring tools and, together with a local industry, disposed of the waste.
Putnam Indian Field School
Greenwich, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed At lunch the students put their food garbage into the "Coon Bucket". This goes home with a licensed wildlife rehabilitator to feed the raccoons in her care.
St. Gabriel School
Milford, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed and adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The school uses Earth Tubs from the Connecticut DEP. They also separate food and liquid waste including recyclable containers.
Southeast Elementary School
The Green Thumbs Club
Mansfield, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects The Green Thumbs Club is an after-school club consisting of interested 3rd and 4th graders who want to learn more about environmentally-related issues, and who want to become more actively involved in promoting earth-friendly causes. The club first convened in August of 2000 and meets one-two times a month under the direction of three Southeast teachers (Sue Kamiensky, Amanda Sobielo and Mickey Maheu) and Jinny Walton, Recycling Officer for the Town of Mansfield. There have been a variety of activities conducted thus far including Club presentation to all K-4 classes promoting classroom recycling and composting; maintenance of the school's composter; creation of "Southeast Gold" made from the compost; field trips to the local landfill and waste paper recycling facilities; field trip to an area nursery to learn about pollination and pesticide-free gardening; making recycled paper; learning about the role of useful bacteria in composting and food production; growing plants from seed using compost; and collecting used toner cartridges from the community for recycling or refilling.
Waddell Elementary School
Manchester, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed and promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats The school's goal is to create a wide decision-making, problem solving, environmentally literate school community. Students separate organic materials in the cafeteria and place them into a composter. The composter is regularly rotated and later transferred to the School Yard Habitat to fertilize plants and shrubs. The School Yard Habitat is an outdoor environmental classroom which the whole school community works to care for and preserve, and has become a haven for insects and birds which students study.
Warren School
Warren, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed; 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 New Milford Farms, a commercial composting company, adopted Warren School to serve as its pilot program in introducing the "Eco-School Program" to schools in Connecticut. Because of its size (100 students), Warren School was a practical choice as the Connecticut pilot composting program. The 4th grade class became the Eco-Team and was assigned the following tasks: To share the importance of composting with their classmates; label collection bins to avoid contamination; and oversee the daily collection of organic waste. 1st and 2nd graders transformed a barren area outside their classroom windows into a garden designed to attract wildlife. On Earth Day, Warren School students recited an "Earth Day Pledge" around the flowering garden.
Warren School
Eco-Team
Warren, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed The 4th grade class became the Eco-Team for the school and was assigned the following tasks: To share the importance of composting with their classmates; label collection bins to avoid contamination; and oversee the daily collection of organic waste.
Warren School
1st Grade Class
Warren, 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 This class transformed a barren area outside their classroom window into a garden designed to attract wildlife.
Warren School
2nd Grade Class
Warren, 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 This class transformed a barren area outside their classroom window into a garden designed to attract wildlife.
Westbrook High School
Environmental/Interact Club
Westbrook, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The Club cleans McVeagh Road and Messer Schmidt's pond. (McVeagh Road is about 1 mile from the school.) Monthly cleanup projects for both areas planned.
Winthrop Elementary School
The Friendship Garden Project
New London, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects The Friendship Garden Project at Winthrop Elementary School involves an integrated hands-on science unit on plant life and the life cycle of a butterfly. In New London, the Winthrop Elementary School's first grade class, along with the first and second grade classes from Waterford, have developed a partnership in order to strengthen connections between communities. Winthrop students planted and cared for gardens at the school. They also grow plants in grow labs and hold an annual plant sale. They are raising butterflies and have planted butterfly bushes hoping to attract butterflies.

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