DEEP: 2005 Individual/Civic Group GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2005 Individual / Civic Group

Name of Civic Group or Individual

Category/Activity

Description of Activity

Asylum Hill Congregational Church
Hartford, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

The Asylum Hill Congregational Church purchased clean power for 50% or 100% of their electric consumption and have run campaigns encouraging their members to do so as well.

Christ Church Episcopal in Guilford
Guilford, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

The Christ Church Episcopal in Guilford purchased 50% or 100% of their electric supply on the CT CEO.

Congregation Adath Israel Middletown
Middletown, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

The Congregation Adath Israel Middletown purchased 50% or 100% of their electric supply on the CT CEO.

Congregation Pnai Or
West Hartford, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

The Congregational Pnai Or purchased clean power for 50% or 100% of their electric consumption and have run campaigns encouraging their members to do so as well.

Connecticut Conference (United Church of Christ)
Hartford, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

The Connecticut Conference (United Church of Christ) purchased clean power for 50% or 100% of their electric consumption and have run campaigns encouraging their members to do so as well.

First Baptist of West Hartford
West Hartford, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

The First Baptist of West Hartford purchased clean power for 50% or 100% of their electric consumption and have run campaigns encouraging their members to do so as well.

First Congregational Church
Darien, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

The First Congregational Church, Darien is in the middle of a two year contract for clean power for 50% or 100% of their electric consumption and have run campaigns encouraging their members to do so as well. They also conducted a congregational drive and garnered around 30 residential purchases.

Friends of Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum
Rocky Hill, 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

The Friends of Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum (FDPA), a 501-C3 organization founded in 1976, was established to promote greater public knowledge of natural history, paleontology and the geology of Dinosaur State Park. The FDPA has sponsored several new programs at the park over the past year. They include a loan box program for teachers, a lecture series for older children and adults, a series of education programs during school vacation, and a series of edycatuibak wirjsgios fir teachers held at the Park. FDPA provided the funding to purchase all of the materials in the loan boxes, which are designed for different age groups (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12), along with the cases. The Friends also paid the fees/honoria for speakers for a lecture series and school vacation programs. They also covered the expenses for the FDPA's extremely popular workshops for elementary and middle school teachers.

Friends of Sessions Woods, Inc.
Burlington, 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

The Friends of Sessions Woods (FSW) was established as an all volunteer organization in 1998. They work closely with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection's Wildlife Division to facilitate projects and programs that are designed to enhance the value of Sessions Woods as a resource for edcuation, research and the enjoyment of nature. In 2005, FSW projects included the development of a Hands-on Classroom located in the Education Center and an Outdoor Pavillion to be used as both a picnic area and shelter for outdoor instruction. Each year, FSW hosts public events at Sessions Woods to promote use of the facility and to increase knowledge about Connecticut's wildlife and its management.

Grace Episcopal Church
Newington, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

Grace Episcopal Church is in their second year of purchasing clean power for 50% or 100% of their electric consumption and have run campaigns encouraging their members to do so as well.

Hartford Seminary
Hartford, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

The Hartford Seminary purchased 50% or 100% of their electric supply on the CT CEO.

Highland Lake Watershed Association
Winsted, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day 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

The Highland Lake Watershed Association undertakes ongoing, continuous activities that promote the preservation and enhancement of Highland Lake. The association sponsors an annual clean-up day, resulting in the removal of a significant amount of trash and paper waste from around the Lake. The association has completed the installation of catch basin markers on storm drains and catch basins around the perimeter of the lake. The markers read, "Drains to waterways and Long Island Sound...No Dumping" and contribute to the education of residents and visitors on the importance of protecting the lake. Members of the association also collect water samples and conduct Secchi disk three times per year in the three bays of Higland Lake. The data is compiled and maintained on an annual basis on lake health.

Religious Society of Friends
West Hartford, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

The Religious Society of Friends purchased clean power for 50% or 100% of their electric consumption and have run campaigns encouraging their members to do so as well. They also have a member who is installing solar photovoltaics on his home.

Saugatuck Congregational Church
Westport, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

The Saugatuck Congregational Church purchased 50% or 100% of their electric supply on the CT CEO.

The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut
Hartford, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut purchased clean power for 50% or 100% of their electric consumption and have run campaigns encouraging their members to do so as well.

Unitarian Universalist Society East
Manchester, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

The Unitarian Universalist Society East purchased clean power for 50% or 100% of their electric consumption and have run campaigns encouraging their members to do so as well.

Chanelle Adams
Bloomfield, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day

Chanelle is a twelve year old, eighth grade student at the Lewis Fox Middle School Science Academy in Hartford. With the goal of educating the public on the importance of keeping a clean environment, she planned and executed a cleanup day in the vicinity of her school which was held on a very cold (20°) November 19, 2005 entitled: "Hartford is Beautiful, Let's Keep it That Way!" Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez opened the event and offered encouragement to approximately thirty-five volunteers while he remained to help with the cleanup. The volunteers included fellow students from the Lewis Fox Middle School, and others from Consela School, Clark School, and Stump the Violence Program. They worked from 7:30am until 10:30am with a break for hot chocolate, bagels and donuts donated from the local Dunkin Donuts and orange juice from McDonalds. The Department of Environmental Protection provided the volunteers with Clean Air T-shirts and Lowes Stores provided them with gloves, garbage bags and leaf bags. Mike Zaleski of The Hartford Proud and Beautiful brought a truck full of rakes, brooms and garbage bags. Hartford’s Department of Public Works sent a truck to pick up the trash and also provided flyers, which the volunteers handed out to the public, while explaining their event and giving suggestions of how they could help. Chanelle received a Citation from Mayor Perez at City Hall for her leadership in taking care of the environment. Stump the Violence Program was so impressed with Chanelle that they offered her a position to mentor in their program. Chanelle’s goal was definitely achieved.

Andrea Cohen-Kiener

Interreligious Eco-Justice Network
West Hartford, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

The Rabbi Cohen-Kiener, Director of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network is campaigning to urge voluntary compliance with a carbon reduction goal of "20% by 2010". In 2005 three institutions joined their movement in the State of Connecticut and purchased clean power for 50% or 100% of their electric consumption. In 2005, new institutions have joined their movement and have encouraged their members to do so as well.

Anessa L. Haney
Putnam, CT

Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations

Now a garden sits where garbage used to clutter the yard. The clean-up was part of a massive undertaking to make the street something its residents could be proud of. Anessa Haney, a community activist, started the clean-up project almost four years ago. The first clean-up was on Dec. 1, 2001, and involved 12 residents cleaning up the street and properties. The residents were honored by the town and Haney was cited by the General Assembly. Since starting in 2001, graffiti has been erased from street signs, six poles were removed by CL&P and three no littering signs have been put up along with two "Slow: Children At Play" signs. Eleven homes on the street have been fixed up, with five getting new siding. Dave Morris a local homeowner has helped the cleanup project by loaning his tools for the job. There is still litter that collects in front of one house, but progress has been made in the neighborhood.

John J. Leone, Jr.
Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Bristol, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day

Mr. Leone and ESPN, Inc., co-sponsored Bristol Clean Up Day, held on Saturday, April 30th, 2005.

Allan Rawson
Rawson Products
Putnam, CT

Opening large tracts of private property for public recreation

Allan and Jeffrey Rawson donated thirty-seven acres of open space lands, which will preserve a section of Rocky Brook and provide a link from the Airline Trail to the Tri-State Marker, which includes a link to the North South Trail in Rhode Island and the Mid-State Trail in Massachusetts.

Jeffrey Rawson
Rawson Products
Putnam, CT

Opening large tracts of private property for public recreation

Allan and Jeffrey Rawson donated thirty-seven acres of open space lands, which will preserve a section of Rocky Brook and provide a link from the Airline Trail to the Tri-State Marker, which includes a link to the North South Trail in Rhode Island and the Mid-State Trail in Massachusetts.

Jesse Raymond
Colchester, CT

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

While working on his Eagle Scout project, Jesse Raymond relocated a 1/4 mile portion of the Orange Trail at Devil's Hopyard State Park. He also coordinated with his Boy Scout Troop 72 from Colchester, Connecticut, to remove a foot bridge that was rotten and dangerous to use. His worked involved over 40 hours of planning and coordination with park officials and the supervision of the Scouts during the two day work project. The total donated labor consisted of 100 hours by the Boy Scouts. Jesse's work on this project made the Orange Trail safer to use, as it moved a portion of the trail away from the eroding banks of the Eight Mile River as it flows through the State Park.

Jack Spaeth
The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut
Hartford, CT

Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 20% of energy load of a business or governmental facility

Mr. Spaeth has influenced several other congregations to purchase renewable power, including the Southport Episcopal Retirement Community.

Kevin Watson
Norwich, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year

Individually volunteered in the "Adopt A Spot" Norwich Against Garbage (NAG) program of Norwich, CT. Prior to joining this program in January of 2004, he cleaned up Old Canterbury Turnpike, and approximately 2 miles of Canterbury Turnpike. Before joining "NAG" he concentrated on cleaning up all discarded recyclables. Since 2004, he has collected all types of discarded items as Norwich supplies NAG bags for this purpose. Collected items include but are not limited to: hypodermic needles, recyclables, curches, mattresses, and other furniture, thousands of cigarette butts, etc. On average, he fills 8 NAG bags a week.

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Content Last Updated on September 6, 2007