DEEP: 2002 Individual/Civic Group GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2002 Individual/Civic Group Related

Name of Civic Group or Individual

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Ashford Webelos Pack 92 Eagle Patrol
Ashford, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property Ashford Webelos Park 92 Eagle, Boy Scouts of America is committed to the preservation of their natural environment and has completed numerous activities this past year. These activities include planting 100 native pine seedlings to serve as windbreak to protect topsoil and protect shelter for wildlife. The boys observe the principles of "Leave No Trace" and provided a litter pick-up event at a watershed area to promote clean water for aquatic life. They learned about and exercise "Catch and Release" fishing as a conservation principle of sporting enjoyment of lakes and rivers. They pledged to ride bikes or walk whenever possible to safely do so, rather than ride in a vehicle. They also maintain nature journals.
Barbara Backman
Canton, CT
Implementing clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Ms. Backman is the Research Director for a May Solar Tour that showcases four homes using green energy; an apartment complex using solar electricity; a geothermal installation; and a hydro plant.
Nancy Bodick
Milford Boat Works

Milford, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Ms. Bodick volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Scott Bowden
Port Niantic Marina
Niantic, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Bowden volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Michael Buenaventura
Seaboard Marina
South Glastonbury, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Buenaventura volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Amy Cabaniss
Connecticut River Estuary Regional Planning Agency
Old Saybrook, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Ms. Cabaniss volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Citizens Restoring Congamond, Inc.
Southwick, MA
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 voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs Citizens Restoring Congamond, Inc. (CRC), a non-profit association comprised of Massachusetts and Connecticut volunteers, is dedicated to the environmental stewardship of the Congamond Lakes in Southwick, MA and Suffield, CT. CRC has an active lake water quality monitoring program, holds monthly educational meetings, and organizes yearly lake clean-up and beautification activities. The clean-up held on June 8, 2002 removed 6,200 pounds of debris from the Farmington Canal, the lake outlet in Suffield.
Thea Coburn
Suffield Land Conservancy
Suffield, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Mrs. Coburn devotes significant time and effort to acquiring open space for the conservation of plant and animal habitats for the Suffield Land Conservancy.
Abbie Coderre
Chrisholm Marina
Chester, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Ms. Coderre volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Connecticut Audubon Society
Fairfield, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats The return of bald eagles each winter to the lower Connecticut River Valley region is a triumph of environmental conservation practices over the past thirty years. The third Annual Connecticut River Eagle Festival, presented by the Connecticut Audubon Society and founding sponsor, Select Energy, was held in Essex on February 16-17, 2002. The festival is the only one of its kind in the eastern United States. This year, 10,000 people came to view eagles and enjoy a wide variety of free environmental education activities including lectures, children's nature programs, birds of prey demonstrations, Native American presentations, and nature art and photography exhibits. While the festival celebrates the conservation success story of the bald eagle, Connecticut Audubon provides important environmental information in a variety of creative ways to enlighten and engage people to be better stewards of their natural world.
Dave Crocker
Crocker's Boatyard
New London, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Crocker volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Jean Darlington
New Hartford, CT
Reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, etc.) and implementing clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power Ms. Darlington replaced her home's oil furnace and electric central air conditioner with a geothermal heat/A-C system from Nutmeg Mechanical Services in Manchester, CT. Also, her new thermostat is mercury-free.
John P. Ford, Vice Pres. Agency Mgr.
Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation

Cromwell, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Ford contributes significant time and resources in placing adhesive on storm drains with permanent curb markers with the statement "No Dumping" for the Town of Glastonbury. He also helped recruit people for this project.
William J. Fournier, Jr.
Windsor Locks, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Fournier and his family cleaned a large area of East Windsor's shore and shallows along the Connecticut River. He is a volunteer Boating Safety and PWC Safety Instructor. He also donated the use of two boats for CRWC Clean-up Day in Windsor Locks.
Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center
Ansonia, CT
Implementing clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power; 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 donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects The Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center are building an environmentally compatible pre-school classroom and work station at the nature center.
Friends of Hammonasset, Inc.
Madison, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs Friends of Hammonasset held two annual Beach Clean-Up Days and provided two, annual Naturalist Guided Nature Walks; in addition, Friends' members made three public speeches on environmental issues.
Dave Galt
Norwalk, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Galt volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
James T. Grimley
New London, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs Mr. Grimley, also known as Tex, teaches in CT DEP's CARE program "Get Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs", teaching the techniques of fishing to adolescents who are in recovery from drugs and alcohol.
Hartford Seminary
Hartford, CT
Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 10% of the energy load of a business or governmental facility and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Hartford Seminary, under the leadership of President Heidi Hadsell, has taken a bold step toward becoming a model of environmental stewardship for institutions of theological education. This year the seminary chose a renewable source of electric power for its campus. In addition, it provides interreligious educational programming in the form of courses, forums and workshops on religion and the environment. In July, 2002 The Hartford Seminary partnered with the Green Mountain Energy Company to convert electricity consumption to 100% pollution-free renewable energy. They were also awarded the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund "Green Certificate" for its support for clean, renewable energy and its leadership in switching to green power. Other environmental initiatives that Hartford Seminary has taken in the past include: retrofitting all lighting to low-wattage fluorescents; upgrading to computerized controls to manage and conserve HVAC energy; having its letterhead printed on recycled paper; and supplying mugs for staff coffee to decrease the use of paper and styrofoam cups. In addition, the Seminary is using only fertilizers on its lawns and has discontinued using chemical weed killers and pesticides.
Heritage Land Preservation Trust, Inc.
Torrington, 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 Heritage Land Preservation Trust provides open space for a Community Garden. They participate in the Naugatuck River Walk and Survey to determine how to improve and stabilize current conditions. They are also active in preserving important habitats and currently hold 487 acres, 56 acres of which were acquired in 2001.
Housatonic Valley Association
Cornwall Bridge, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Housatonic Valley Association's Teacher Resource Guide and website expands environmental education, reinforces CAPT test objectives, and connects students to hands-on learning. They are the only organization that works to protect the entire Housatonic River and its 1,948 square mile watershed from the Berkshires of western Massachusetts to Long Island Sound including part of eastern New York State. The Housatonic RiverBelt Greenway includes river trails and green spaces from the Berkshires to Long Island Sound.The Association's programs include the following activities. Housatonic Stream Team's volunteers conduct shoreline surveys, recommend corrective action, and monitor water quality. They assist landowners and towns to protect land and balance growth. They develop computer maps for communities, identifying town resources such as open space and critical habitat and species. The Groundwater Action Project assists landowners and towns to protect underground drinking water supplies. They act as a Public Advocacy group, speaking out for sensible policies that protect the watershed's valuable resources. They hold an annual one-day event with more than 1,500 volunteers to clean the Housatonic River and its tributaries. Their Watershed Environmental Resource Center provides educational services to schools, government agencies, businesses, and the public.
Paul A. Kallmeyer, PE/LS
Director of Trumbull Public Works
Trumbull, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs Mr. Kallmeyer is the Director of Trumbull Public Works and has volunteered a tremendous amount of time and resources to opening access to a 27-acre nature preserve managed by the Trumbull Land Trust. He is a true naturalist and outdoorsman and was a critical factor in making this nature preserve accessible to the public. He and his department voluntarily moved huge concrete culverts from the property that were discarded 20 years ago by developers of the surrounding neighborhood. He also removed auto engines and tires as well as other garbage that had been dumped in the preserve. He trimmed back non-native invasive vines and brush blocked the access point. He established an entrance to the preserve with the start of a wood chip trail and initiated an Eagle Scout project to establish a hiking path and map of the preserve to assist the Trumbull Land Trust in their educational programs. The preserve has a beautiful diverse topography with a wealth of flora and fauna that will now be more readily observed and enjoyed by hikers, birdwatchers, students and naturalists thanks to Paul Kallmeyer.
Rick Kral, Jr.
Beacon Point Marine
Cos Cob, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Kral volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Tom Law
Docko, Inc.
Mystic, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Law volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Eduardo Marchena
New Hartford, CT
Reducing or eliminating the use of elemental mercury or products containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, etc.) and implementing clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power Mr. Marchena replaced his home's oil furnace and electric central air conditioner with a geothermal heat/A-C system from Nutmeg Mechanical Services in Manchester, CT. Also, his new thermostat does not have mercury.
John McMahon
Brewer Bruce & Johnson's Marina
Branford, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. McMahon volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Jack Morehouse
Mason's Island Marina
Mystic, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Morehouse volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Ian J. Morris
Wallingford, CT
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 Mr. Morris supervises the Student Action Coalition Group at Choate Rosemary Hall School. Some of the projects that he has overseen are: composting leaves/grass; sponsoring a trash cleanup on Christian Street in Wallingford which runs through the school grounds; and planted 2,000 daffodils and a tree. He also supervises the maintenance of extensive butterfly gardens.
Georgiana Nedelcu
Orange, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Ms. Nedelcu removed large exotic invasive plants from her property, freeing the surrounding native plants, and planted three Red Osier Dogwoods and three Silky Dogwoods. She installed a highbush blueberry patch using six large field-grown bushes for the exclusive use of wildlife and rescued and transplanted a Mulberry tree. She maintains ten perennial wildflower gardens for birds and butterflies and installed a second artificial frog pond, which was popular during the drought. She has volunteered over 50 hours in numerous wildlife projects and programs such as Project Feeder Watch, International Bird Migratory Day, Migratory Bird Day and Plant Sale, Nature Trail training at Kellogg Center, CT College Arboretum, and staffing the Invasive Plant Booth at the 2002 BIOBLITZ, Mohegan Park in Norwich, CT. Some of her activities included making amphibian larval collection traps for the "Larvae-Poolaza" Program at Kellogg Center, placing and collecting amphibian larval traps and identifying specimens at the Osborndale State Park. She helped design and install a butterfly garden and donated perennials and a Spicebush at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area; weeded the Kellogg Center butterfly garden; helped capture, age, sex and band over 200 geese; helped keep the 4th of July fireworks beachcombers off the piping plover and least tern nesting sites; and caught and identified insects with nets for the "Blooms & Bugs" Program, an interaction program with children in a field setting to explain why insects live in meadows; and helped install a water level control device at a beaver marsh at Wyantenock State Park to prevent flooding.
Jordan Nedelcu
Orange, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Seven year old Jordan Nedelcu has volunteered over 35 hours in numerous wildlife projects and programs with his mother including removing large exotic invasive plants from their property, freeing the surrounding native plants. He helped plant three Red Osier Dogwoods and three Silky Dogwoods. He helped install a highbush blueberry patch using six large field-grown bushes for the exclusive use of wildlife. He helps maintain ten perennial wildflower gardens for birds and butterflies and he helped install a second artificial frog pond, which was popular during the drought. He has volunteered at numerous wildlife projects and programs such as the Migratory Bird Day and Plant Sale, and staffing the Invasive Plant Booth at the 2002 BIOBLITZ, Mohegan Park in Norwich, CT. Some of his activities included placing amphibian larval traps at Osborndale State Park. He helped: weed the Kellogg Center butterfly garden; capture, age, sex and band over 200 geese; keep the 4th of July fireworks beachcombers off the piping plover and least tern nesting sites; and install a water level control device at a beaver marsh at Wyantenock State Park to prevent the beavers from blocking it up.
Maureen Pinkerton
Meriden, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs Ms. Pinkerton is trying to set up an annual city-wide clean-up in Meriden and is increasing recycling in Meriden by increasing the availability of recycling education to the city's residents.
Rives Potts
Brewer Pilots Point Marina
Westbrook, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Potts volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Diane Rhodes
Connecticut River Estuary Regional Planning Agency
Waterford, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Ms. Rhodes volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
River Valley Junior Women's Club
Deep River, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day On April 6, 2002, the River Valley Junior Women's Club (RVJWC), a non-profit community group, sponsored a neighborhood clean-up day in Deep River. The clean-up effort, organized by RVJWC, included help from several Brownie and Girl Scout Troops, the Deep River Merchant's Association, and representatives from other local community groups. Trash was collected in many areas including Plattwood Park, the Town Landing, and Main Street in Deep River. The RVJWC plans to continue this clean-up as an annual event.
Ted Sailer
Sailer Environmental, Inc.
Madison, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Sailer volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
St. Alban's Episcopal Church
Simsbury, CT
Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 10% of the energy load of a business or governmental facility St. Alban's Episcopal Church instituted "Small Business Energy Advantage" retro-fit of lighting in their Education Building; their new addition's lighting and appliances are all energy efficient; and they signed on with Green Mountain Energy Company.
Joe Savino
Bridgeport Harbormaster's Office
Bridgeport, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Savino volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Dawn Schieferdecker
Essex Island Marina
Essex, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Ms. Schieferdecker volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Gary Sharpe
Angus McDonald-Gary Sharpe & Associates
Old Saybrook, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Sharpe volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Heather Simeone
Plainville, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day Ms. Simeone volunteered at a "Quinnipiac River Clean-up Day" sponsored by the Conservation Commission of Plainville on May 4, 2002. She later volunteered at the "River Clean-up Day" on June 8, 2002 sponsored by her mother. On both occasions, a significant amount of trash and debris were removed from the Quinnipiac River in Plainville.
Linda Simeone
Plainville, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day Ms. Simeone volunteered at a "Quinnipiac River Clean-up Day" sponsored by the Conservation Commission of Plainville on May 4, 2002. She later sponsored her own "River Clean-up Day" on June 8, 2002 with the help of 5 other volunteers. On both occasions, a significant amount of trash and debris were removed from the Quinnipiac River in Plainville.
William L. Spencer
Shumway & Spencer, LLC
Westport, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Spencer donated significant time to environmental projects by: participating on the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) Environmental Committee and working with CMTA and CT DEP on the development of the Clean Marina Program, attending meetings of the planning committee and reviewing and commenting on draft program materials.
Norman A. Spraske
Dayville, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Over the past five years, Mr. Spraske's has donated a lot of time and energy in cleaning and maintaining the 5 Mile Stream, wildlife habitats and trails. He has shown a great deal of commitment in providing the community the opportunity of enjoying the beauty of nature. Every week Mr. Spraske spends a few hours cleaning up the river and adjacent woods. Some of the articles he has removed are drinking cups, car parts, buckets, tires, radios, and tool parts.
Allie Steinmetz
Woodbridge, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Seven years ago, Allie along with her brother and sister created the "No Butts About It" cigarette butt litter prevention campaign. While cleaning a beach, they counted 450 cigarette butts and went on a crusade for a cigarette butt-free America by trying to persuade lawmakers to pass a law requiring cigarette packs to include disposable ashtrays. They have expanded their campaign from beaches to include trails, parks, forests, towns, businesses, shops, army bases - everywhere. They have organized many beach and street clean-ups and now have a website on an AOL homepage which was chosen to be put on the Worldwide Web Directory. The site has had over 28,000 visitors. They have inspired groups, individuals, and organizations in 47 states as well as India, Canada, Guam and Australia to use the disposable ashtrays and display their posters. This past year they were featured in Weekly Reader and Scholastic News which is received in thousands of schools throughout the country. They were also featured in PA Cleanways - Kids for Cleaner Ways whose goal is to eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Pennsylvania. They have done radio interviews and were featured on a CNN news broadcast. They were also named the Environmental Leaders of the Future at a Regional EPA ceremony and received a commendation from President Bush for the President's Environmental Youth Awards.
Amy Steinmetz
Woodbridge, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Seven years ago, Amy along with her brother and sister, created the "No Butts About It" cigarette butt litter prevention campaign. While cleaning a beach, they counted 450 cigarette butts and went on a crusade for a cigarette butt-free America by trying to persuade lawmakers to pass a law requiring cigarette packs to include disposable ashtrays. They have expanded their campaign from beaches to include trails, parks, forests, towns, businesses, shops, army bases - everywhere. They have organized many beach and street clean-ups and now have a website on an AOL homepage which was chosen to be put on the Worldwide Web Directory. The site has had over 28,000 visitors. They have inspired groups, individuals, and organizations in 47 states as well as India, Canada, Guam and Australia to use the disposable ashtrays and display their posters. This past year they were featured in Weekly Reader and Scholastic News which is received in thousands of schools throughout the country. They were also featured in PA Cleanways - Kids for Cleaner Ways whose goal is to eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Pennsylvania. They have done radio interviews and were featured on a CNN news broadcast. They were also named the Environmental Leaders of the Future at a Regional EPA ceremony and received a commendation from President Bush for the President's Environmental Youth Awards.
David Steinmetz
Woodbridge, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Seven years ago, David along with his two sisters created the "No Butts About It" cigarette butt litter prevention campaign. While cleaning a beach, they counted 450 cigarette butts and went on a crusade for a cigarette butt-free America by trying to persuade lawmakers to pass a law requiring cigarette packs to include disposable ashtrays. They have expanded their campaign from beaches to include trails, parks, forests, towns, businesses, shops, army bases - everywhere. They have organized many beach and street clean-ups and now have a website on an AOL homepage which was chosen to be put on the Worldwide Web Directory. The site has had over 28,000 visitors. They have inspired groups, individuals, and organizations in 47 states as well as India, Canada, Guam and Australia to use the disposable ashtrays and display their posters. This past year they were featured in Weekly Reader and Scholastic News which is received in thousands of schools throughout the country. They were also featured in PA Cleanways - Kids for Cleaner Ways whose goal is to eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Pennsylvania. They have done radio interviews and were featured on a CNN news broadcast. They were also named the Environmental Leaders of the Future at a Regional EPA ceremony and received a commendation from President Bush for the President's Environmental Youth Awards.
Helen Stowe
Wallingford, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Ms. Stowe has worked tirelessly in maintaining butterfly habitats and educating at both the Moses Y. Beach Elementary School and the Wallingford Library/Community.
Elizabeth DeReeder Sturges
Old Lyme, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats and opening large tracts of private property for public recreation Ms. Sturges and her husband donated over 300 acres of open space, located in the towns of Lyme and East Lyme, to the residents of Connecticut. This donation allows the state to preserve large tracts of forest land that will substantially increase the size of Nehantic State Forest.
Frederick Sturges, III
Old Lyme, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats and opening large tracts of private property for public recreation Mr. Sturges and his wife donated over 300 acres of open space, located in the towns of Lyme and East Lyme, to the residents of Connecticut. This donation allows the state to preserve large tracts of forest land that will substantially increase the size of Nehantic State Forest.
Stephen Tagliatela
Saybrook Point Marina
Old Saybrook, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Tagliatela volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program. Mr. Tagliatela is a member of Connecticut's Marine Trade Environmental Committee and Long Island Sound C.A.C. He also sponsors environmental workshops.
Mohamed H. Tarifi
Derby, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Tarifi is a member of the Board of Directors of Soundwater and Chairman of the Environmental Business Committee. He sets up monthly seminars and co-manages an exhibit room for businesses. He continues to remain a strong advocate of pollution prevention related activities.
Sarah A. Thompson
Greenwich, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property Ms. Thompson has implemented enhancements for wildlife on her property by installing a birdbath, which is frequently used by yellow finches, swallows, blackbirds, and bluejays. She installed a birdhouse which housed a mother swallow and her youngsters this past spring. She plants annuals such as sunflowers to feed the local birds and she also installed a birdfeeder on a long pole to discourage marauding squirrels. She installed a butterfly house for shelter for the butterflies that feed on the butterfly bushes she added to her totally organic garden. She set up a multi-level worm composting unit in her pantry in which earthworms transform kitchen scraps and water into compost tea, which is applied to the garden. For mulch she salvages grass clippings, rotted hay, and cardboard from the local town recycling facility. She has found that a single layer of cardboard overlaid with rotted hay and grass clippings makes an excellent weed barrier and soil conditioner all in one.
Trinity Episcopal Church
Torrington, CT
Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 10% of the energy load of a business or governmental facility and adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year In June, 2002, Trinity Episcopal Church of Torrington purchased certified green electricity from Green Mountain Energy even though it put constraints on the church's budget. They also initiated the Torrington Community Garden Project as a Jubilee Project. The purpose of this project is to foster economic independence and self motivation, encourage sensitivity to the mystery and circle of life, build a sense of community across racial, ethnic, economic and generational lines, and, at the same time, reclaim neglected urban land and return it to economic and environmentally friendly use. The gardens are in their third year of operation and have been very popular among the urban residents of Torrington. They also recycle newspaper, office paper, computer paper, corrugated cardboard, steel cans, aluminum, glass, and plastic. They use ceramic or glassware where possible, non-coated paper cups or plates only as substitutes. They photocopy both sides of paper, and use recycled papers and non-toxic dyes for printing whenever possible. Energy conservation measures were adopted throughout their building and they consider non-polluting or less polluting energy sources, weighing the costs to the church versus the cost to the environment and to human health.
Larry Wells
US EPA, Region 1
Boston, MA
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Wells volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Grant Westerson
Connecticut Marine Trades Association
Essex, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Westerson volunteered a significant amount of time over the past year and a half to serve in an advisory capacity to CT DEP in developing the Connecticut's Clean Marina Program. The members of this group met with department representatives on many occasions to discuss the contents of Connecticut's Clean Marina Guidebook, ensuring that the department produced a document that meets the needs of its intended audience, thereby ensuring the Program's success. The industry perspective provided by this group of volunteers proved invaluable in developing the Guidebook. The result of the group's hard work and perseverance is a cross-media compliance and best management practices guide for the state's inland and coastal marina operators, which provides the basis for the Clean Marina Program.
Stephen P. Wright
Milford, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Mr. Wright is the Chairman of Trumbull Land Acquisition Committee and was the key decision-maker and the critical factor in the success of the preservation of 37 acres of private land once known as the Tashua Tree Farm in Trumbull. Due to Mr. Wright's tireless efforts, the Town of Trumbull purchased this land to be preserved in perpetuity. Through his efforts, Mr. Wright saved more than 50% of the original tree farm from developers. This land will now be preserved as open space and a portion may be used once again as a tree farm by the Trumbull vocational agricultural school for educational purposes. This property is a critical wildlife corridor between two large parcels of Kelda open space. Mr. Wright's years of work resulted in the land being preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Chuck Yenkner
Cromwell, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Yenkner contributes significant time and resources in placing adhesive on storm drains with permanent curb markers with the statement "No Dumping" for the Town of Glastonbury.
Dorothy Zaring
Washington, D.C.
Opening large tracts of private property for public recreation Mrs. Zaring and her husband donated the historic Church Farm property to Trinity College which, in turn, established the Trinity College Field Station dedicated to the promotion of the arts and to ecological studies. This donation was the culmination of twenty years of effort by the Zarings. The final result is an exhilarating combination of land, farm, woods, water, a college, and a land trust. The Church Farm, located in the towns of Ashford and Mansfield, is comprised of 200 acres of green space in the Heritage Corridor. The property includes two historic buildings that were listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places in 1989. In 1992, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation accepted a preservation easement covering both the buildings and thirty surrounding acres of trees, pond and pasture. The first of its kind for the Connecticut Trust, that easement has served as a model for others. Marion Parks, a co-founder of the Rachel Carson Council and a fierce environmentalist devoted to the farm, provided both inspiration and financial support. With an endowment from Mrs. Parks estate, the Zarings created the Marion Parks Memorial Fund to help maintain the Farm.
Joe Zaring
Washington, D.C.
Opening large tracts of private property for public recreation Mr. Zaring and his wife donated the historic Church Farm property to Trinity College which, in turn, established the Trinity College Field Station dedicated to the promotion of the arts and to ecological studies. This donation was the culmination of twenty years of effort by the Zarings. The final result is an exhilarating combination of land, farm, woods, water, a college, and a land trust. The Church Farm, located in the towns of Ashford and Mansfield, is comprised of 200 acres of green space in the Heritage Corridor. The property includes two historic buildings that were listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places in 1989. In 1992, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation accepted a preservation easement covering both the buildings and thirty surrounding acres of trees, pond and pasture. The first of its kind for the Connecticut Trust, that easement has served as a model for others. Marion Parks, a co-founder of the Rachel Carson Council and a fierce environmentalist devoted to the farm, provided both inspiration and financial support. With an endowment from Mrs. Parks estate, the Zarings created the Marion Parks Memorial Fund to help maintain the Farm.

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