DEEP: 2003 Individual/Civic Group GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2003 Individual/Civic Group Related

Name of Civic Group or Individual

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Barbara Barry
West Haven Land Trust
West Haven, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day As a dedicated member of the West Haven Land Trust, Barbara Barry devotes time every year to coordinate the annual West Haven Beach Clean-up with Bayer Pharmaceuticals and West Haven High School. On May 3, 2003, over sixty people gathered for the 6th year to clean-up a stretch of beach near the boardwalk on a Saturday as part of an Earth Day celebration.

Boy Scout Troop 67
Trumbull, CT

Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional 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, or community or conservation organizations; and opening large tracts of private property for public recreation. The troop spent many long weekends in the fall of 2002 volunteering their time, energy and materials to both a hiking trial project for the Trumbull Land Trust and to elevating their fellow scout, Justin Desrosier, to the level of Eagle Scout. The bridge and trail system has tremendously enhanced the open space, which was dedicated as the Kenneth Halaby Nature Preserve in July of 2002.

Candlewood Lake Authority
Sherman, CT

Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional 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, or community or conservation organizations The Candlewood Lake Authority is charged with the public safety and water quality of Candlewood Lake. In 2002 it authored an advisory document, "The Action Plan for the Management of Candlewood Lake". The Action Plan was used to modify local land use regulations that potentially impact water quality of local water resources and was presented to each of the five towns in Candlewood's watershed. It was also incorporated into a local high school's science curriculum; it is hoped it will become the pilot program for all of the high schools in the watershed.

Sarah Jane Compton
Hamden, CT

Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations Sarah Jane Compton was awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award based on her research on the vernal pools of Sleeping Giant State Park. Vernal pools are "contained basin depressions generally holding water for two or three months in the spring and summer and supporting the activities of certain amphibians and invertebrate species." She conducted surveys that were taken at Sleeping Giant State Park located in Hamden, CT. She has been waist deep in these vernal pools and shares her experiences with others through a booklet she has created. Much of the information came from reading “Wicked Big Puddles” written by the Massachusetts society that certifies vernal pools and the society’s website. Sarah Jane documented her research at Sleeping Giant by taking and labeling photographs and documenting species of plants and amphibians of the three different vernal pools she studied. After completing the research, she began the process of making the booklet. The booklet consists of more than ten pages of written research and also includes extra maps and pages to enable the reader to certify his or her own vernal pool(s).

Cub Scout Pack #389
South Windsor, 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, or community or conservation organizations In the spring of 2002, Cub Scout Pack #389 developed and distributed an educational brochure to raise awareness on mosquito biology and control on the local level. This brochure was published in the "Podunk Press", a local town newsletter. It was distributed to all 9,000 homes in South Windsor. The Pack also challenged other cub scout packs to construct bat houses that could be distributed to the public free of charge. This challenge resulted in the donation of 65 bat houses to the town. These houses were then distributed by request to homeowners in the town.

Cub Scout Pack #709
Milford, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations Calf Pen Meadow Cub Scout Pack #709 assisted the Environmental Concerns Coalition with the DEP’s storm drain marker project on June 21, 2003. The cub scouts distributed storm drain marker and freedom lawn pamphlets door to door and cleaned storm drains, and parents applied storm drain markers in Milford.

Justin Desrosier
Boy Scout Troop 67
Trumbull, CT

Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional 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, or community or conservation organizations; and opening large tracts of private property for public recreation Justin Desrosier of Trumbull Boy Scout Troop 67 volunteered 130 man-hours to establishing a hiking trail on 27 acres of Trumbull Land Trust Nature Preserve property. Justin led the effort by mulching an extensive trail and building bridges over streams and boardwalks over lowland areas to allow for passive hiking and bird watching and prevent damage to the ecosystem. Justin offered to help the Land Trust build the trail system that will give many people access to this beautiful nature preserve. The resulting bridge and trail system has significantly enhanced accessibility to the Preserve property. This project elevated Justin to the level of Eagle Scout.

George A. James, Jr.
Old Lyme, CT

Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations; and opening large tracts of private property for public recreation George James, as chairman of Old Lyme's Open Space Committee, has been instrumental in the recent purchase of over 200 acres in the center of Old Lyme. George has proven his dedication to creating open space for the purpose of public access by completing a loop trail system in the southern portion of the property (south of I-95).

Madison Land Conservation Trust
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; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional 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, or community or conservation organizations

Madison Land Conservation Trust has improved public access to the Neck River through a number of activities. The Trust recently purchased 115 acres of land, the Neck River Uplands, that contain a significant portion of the upper watershed area associated with the river. New public trails planned for this area will greatly enhance public access to the river. Trail extensions completed further downstream provide improved public access to the lower reaches of the Neck River. Each spring, the Trust organizes volunteers to clean up trash and debris along Madison watercourses and roadways.

Enhancing critical habitats remains an on-going goal of the Trust. This year, the Trust added 25 acres of saltmarsh to its Ox Pasture Sanctuary. This preserve consists of 220 acres of saltmarsh in the estuary of the East and Neck Rivers in Madison. Throughout the year, the Trust hosts 10-12 public hikes and a canoe outing. Interpretive information is always offered during these outings. The Trust also presented an information program to a number of civic groups and to two municipal boards, the Selectmen and the Planning and Zoning Commission. All of these activities are carried out through the dedicated efforts of volunteers.

Ragged Mountain Foundation
Southington, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day On June 8 and September 9, 2002, the Ragged Mountain Foundation sponsored two day-long trail work events at Ragged Mountain in Southington. Ragged Mountain is a popular hiking and climbing area along the Metacomet Trail. Volunteers cleared waterbars and overgrown brush, repainted marking blazes, constructed retaining walls, and repaired some severely eroded sections of the trails. An information kiosk was also installed where trail information and visitor guidelines can be posted.

Georgiana Nedelcu
Orange, 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 instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations Georgiana Nedelcu has helped with several Department of Environmental Protection projects. On January 20, 2003, she worked at the Wildlife division table at the Peabody Museum’s Martin Luther King Day event. Georgiana helped 100 boy scouts earn their environmental badge by working in the bird observatory at the Kellogg Center on February 28, 2003. Also at the Kellogg Center on January 16, 2003, she presented a slide presentation on “Wildlife in Connecticut’s Changing Landscape”. On June 26, 2003, Georgiana banded geese in four locations. Another project Georgiana aided with was the protection of nests of endangered shoreline birds on July 4, 2003. Georgiana also helped save the only stand of the rare Green Mildweed in New England on July 31, 2003.

Jordan Nedelcu
Orange, 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 instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations Jordan Nedelcu (age 8) has helped with several Department of Environmental Protection projects. On January 20, 2003, he worked at the Wildlife division table at the Peabody Museum’s Martin Luther King Day event. Jordan helped 100 boy scouts earn their environmental badge by working in the bird observatory at the Kellogg Center on February 28, 2003. Also at the Kellogg Center on January 16, 2003, he assisted his mother with a slide presentation on “Wildlife in Connecticut’s Changing Landscape”. On June 26, 2003, Jordan banded geese in four locations. Another project Jordan aided with was the protection of nests of endangered shoreline birds on July 4, 2003. Jordan also helped save the only stand of the rare Green Mildweed in New England on July 31, 2003.

Matt Ryan
Colchester, CT

Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations Matt Ryan raised funds, received donations, and organized boy scouts and leaders in constructing six handicapped accessible picnic tables for Cohen's Woods, a town park in Colchester, Connecticut. This project elevated Justin to the level of Eagle Scout.

Steve Slipchinsky
FOODSHARE
Windsor, CT

Separating organic materials at schools or cafeterias for composting or animal feed and successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program Steve Slipchinsky has been the driving force to the success of a Foodshare project regarding the recycling of spoiled produce. For Foodshare, bringing fresh produce to hungry people before it spoils is a challenge. Unlike canned and boxed goods that have a shelf life, fresh produce is not so forgiving. Sometimes large donations have a significant amount of spoiled food that is unacceptable for distribution to local pantries and must be disposed. Faced with escalating disposal fees for wet, heavy food waste, Foodshare's Agriculture Division began an organics recycling program at its new location at the Hartford Regional Produce Terminal. In late October 2002, Foodshare started using a hammer mill (food grinder) that pulverizes the spoiled produce into a slurry (liquefied vegetable waste), and discharges it into a sealed 6,000 gallon concrete holding tank for storage. A total of 28,875 pounds of spoiled produce was put through the grinder during the first six weeks of operation generating approximately 3,500 gallons of slurry. Periodically, the slurry is evacuated from the tank using a vacuum truck and transported to farms approved to handle organic waste for recycling. On December 17, 2002, the first batch of vegetable slurry was delivered to the Old Maids Farm in Glastonbury, CT where it will be composted and used to enrich the soil on the organic vegetable farm. Prior to this program, this natural resource would have been thrown in the garbage and burned at the Hartford Resource Recovery plant.

Allie Steinmetz
Amy Steinmetz
David Steinmetz

Woodbridge, CT

Successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program Allie, Amy and David Steinmetz have been working on the campaign “No Butts About It Litter Campaign” since 1996. A cigarette butt is very small and the act of dropping it on the ground is minor, however, the disastrous effects to the environment, the water systems, the plant and animal life, and the dangers from destructive fires cannot be tolerated by a habit that is so easily remedied. Cigarette butts are the most popular form of litter on roadside cleanups, in all beach cleanups, and, currently, there are 176 million pounds of discarded butts littered in the United States each year. Success of the program ranges from one individual asking for a poster to hang in her neighborhood to a State Department of Transportation hanging them in every rest station. The “No Butts About It Litter Campaign” is the forerunner of many similar efforts. Recently, they have worked closely with Senator Joseph Crisco trying to pass a bill that would require cigarette manufacturers to include some type of disposable ashtray, or similar mechanism, in each package of cigarettes sold in Connecticut. They testified to a committee that passed the law onto the house floor, but it died due to the end of the legislative session. They contact various individuals, national organizations, and assorted groups across the state and country to spread awareness regarding this issue.

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Content Last Updated on December 19, 2006