DEEP: 2006 Individual/Civic Group GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2006 Individual / Civic Group

Name of Civic Group or Individual

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Bridle Path Conservancy
Madison, CT

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

The Bridle Path Conservancy (BPC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, enhancement, and acquisition of multi-purpose, passive-use, recreation trails, including use by equestrians. In its first year of incorporation (2005), the BCP held eleven trail maintenance days at the Weber parcel of Cockaponset State Forest. The group logged over 750 hours performing routine trail work, such as pruning and clearing of downed branches, as well as undertaking several major projects, including two trail reroutes and installation of four pedestrian bridges. The BCP plans to continue to perform trail rehabiliation while implementing a NRTA Trail Grant project sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection. The group is already striving to make contacts with other user groups to establish cooperative efforts to achieve mutually beneficial goals of trail maintenance. These are amazing accomplishments for a freshman organization.

Hilltop Covenant Church
Cromwell, CT

Executing changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% and successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program

The Hilltop Covenant Church replaced 38 T12 fluorescent fixtures with T8 fluorescent fixtures and 5 UFT U-tubes with 2-foot fluorescent tubes, saving 6,741 kwh per year. The church also purchased 100% recycled toilet paper for the daycare and church, 100% recycled paper towels in the daycare bathroom, and green seal approved cleaning products.

Thompson Together Environment Committee
Thompson, CT

Sponsor a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day.

The Thompson Together Environment Committee (Committee) has several sub-committees that work to increase environmental awareness and action in their community. Its Community Art Show is an annual event that showcases environmental artwork created by citizens who live or work in Thompson. The Committee also assisted in the organization of local school art shows. The Committee coordinated Community Service Days with Marianapolis Prep School. On May 30, 2006, student activities included trail maintenance at the Bull Hill Trail, washing busses and trucks at the Highway Garage, and cleaning the bays at the Transfer Station. In February of 2006, The Committee also held a joint fundraiser with the NE Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation to raise funds for riparian buffer plantings along the French River in Riverside Park. The Committee hosted a unique "Treasure Hunt Day" on April 29, 2006, where town residents put unwanted treasures in their lawn with a "FREE" sign on them and the public was encouraged to ride around Thompson, admirethe scenery and litter-free roadways and find some "treasures" to bring home. The Committee organized four annual town-wide Roadside Clean-ups, with more than 450 volunteers servicing over 110 miles of local and state roads. On April 22, 2006, volunteers collected seventeen tons of trash, four tons of metal, 490 tires, six appliances, six propane tanks, and six batteries from the French River. A crew was organized to help Rawson Materials, Inc., clean-up an abandoned farm site that had become an unofficial rubbish dump. Inmates from the Brooklyn Correctional Facility spent two days cleaning an embankment near the River Mill. The Thompson Trails Committee published its first edition of the Thompson Trails Map, with descriptions and maps of eight trails in Thompson and helped secure funds to connect the Airline Trail from Thompson to Putnam.

Tim Byrne
Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board
Rocky Hill, CT

Voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations

Tim Byrne has volunteered hundreds of hours since The Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board was formed in on January 2004. He has assisted park staff on a number of projects including the new loan box program, a series of very popular teacher workshops, the Park’s new educational film and special events like the Great Park Pursuit and Dinosaur State Park Day. His expertise and enthusiasm has been a valuable resource to park staff in assisting them to improve both the number and quality of park programs.

Joanne Charbonneau
Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board
Rocky Hill, CT

Voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations

Joanne Charbonneau has volunteered hundreds of hours since The Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board was formed in on January 2004. Ms. Charbonneau has assisted park staff on a number of projects including the new loan box program, a series of very popular teacher workshops, the Park’s new educational film and special events like the Great Park Pursuit and Dinosaur State Park Day. Her expertise and enthusiasm has been a valuable resource to park staff in assisting them to improve both the number and quality of park programs.

Leslie Coyle
Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board
Rocky Hill, CT

Voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations

Leslie Coyle has volunteered hundreds of hours since The Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board was formed in on January 2004. Ms. Coyle has assisted park staff on a number of projects including the new loan box program, a series of very popular teacher workshops, the Park’s new educational film and special events like the Great Park Pursuit and Dinosaur State Park Day. Her expertise and enthusiasm has been a valuable resource to park staff in assisting them to improve both the number and quality of park programs.

Norm Gray
Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board
Rocky Hill, CT

Voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations

Norm Gray has volunteered hundreds of hours since The Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board was formed in on January 2004. Mr. Gray has assisted park staff on a number of projects including the new loan box program, a series of very popular teacher workshops, the Park’s new educational film and special events like the Great Park Pursuit and Dinosaur State Park Day. His expertise and enthusiasm has been a valuable resource to park staff in assisting them to improve both the number and quality of park programs.

Charles Keating
Trail Maintenance Volunteer
Chatfield Hollow State Park
Killingworth, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for year and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations

Charles Keating is the sole volunteer for the over 10 miles of trails at Chatfield Hollow State Park and the adjoining sections of Cockaponset State Forest. He routinely works on clearing blow downs and branches from the trails, "armoring" wet spots, and improving drainage. In 2004 and 2005, Mr. Keating completed a major trail re-route to avoid a wet area, replaced a bridge over a stream crossing, and built stone steps into a rocky hillside. After reviewing projects with the State Park Supervisor, Mr. Keating worked independently, moving stones with a homemade "sled," and a pry bar to armor wet spots, build bridge abutments and stairways. In 2004 and 2005, Mr. Keating logged over 320 hours of trail maintenance, by himself. He is an invaluable asset to the Department of Environmental Protection, providing a service that otherwise would not get done. He is dedicated to maintaining, improving, and protecting the trails that he loves for the thousands of visitors that come to Chatfield Hollow State Park each year.

Ralph Lewis, Chair
Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board
Rocky Hill, CT

Voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations

Ralph Lewis is the Chair of The Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board. Mr. Lewis has volunteered hundreds of hours since The Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board was formed in on January 2004. Mr. Lewis has assisted park staff on a number of projects including the new loan box program, a series of very popular teacher workshops, the Park’s new educational film and special events like the Great Park Pursuit and Dinosaur State Park Day. His expertise and enthusiasm has been a valuable resource to park staff in assisting them to improve both the number and quality of park programs.

Jan Locke
Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board
Rocky Hill, CT

Voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations

Jan Locke has volunteered hundreds of hours since The Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board was formed in on January 2004. Ms. Locke has assisted park staff on a number of projects including the new loan box program, a series of very popular teacher workshops, the Park’s new educational film and special events like the Great Park Pursuit and Dinosaur State Park Day. Her expertise and enthusiasm has been a valuable resource to park staff in assisting them to improve both the number and quality of park programs.

Nicholas McDonald
Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board
Rocky Hill, CT

Voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations

Nicholas McDonald has volunteered hundreds of hours since The Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board was formed in on January 2004. Mr. McDonald has assisted park staff on a number of projects including the new loan box program, a series of very popular teacher workshops, the Park’s new educational film and special events like the Great Park Pursuit and Dinosaur State Park Day. His expertise and enthusiasm has been a valuable resource to park staff in assisting them to improve both the number and quality of park programs.

Russell Miller
Madison, CT

Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program

Mr. Miller, for the past two years, has orgazined the clean-up of the salt marshes at Hammonasset State Park in Madison. He noticed that, after storm surges, the salt marshes would be cluttered with styrofoam materials, usually large blocks that had been used on floating docks. During his first clean-up, which was done on his own time, he recovered 287 cubic feet of material. In May 2006, he worked with other volunteers for May Day to handle clean-up. In the two years of styrofoam collection, approximately 580 cubic feet of styrofoam were removed, in addition to general debris such as plastic bags, balloons, bottles or cans, and general trash. Mr. Miller, as the Nature Center Director, planned a pollution prevention activity with groups of children to measure the styrofoam, learn about recycling, and built an eight foot by ten foot fort, complete with roof in an effort to recycle the material.

Alberto Mimo
Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board
Rocky Hill, CT

Voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations

Alberto Mimo has volunteered hundreds of hours since The Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board was formed in on January 2004. Mr. Mimo has assisted park staff on a number of projects including the new loan box program, a series of very popular teacher workshops, the Park’s new educational film and special events like the Great Park Pursuit and Dinosaur State Park Day. His expertise and enthusiasm has been a valuable resource to park staff in assisting them to improve both the number and quality of park programs.

John Sheirer
Enfield, CT

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

The McCann Family Farm is an 84-acre nature preserve in Somers, Connecticut owned and managed by the Northern Connecticut Land Trust. Included on the property is a two-mile hiking trail. Between May 17, 2005 and May 17, 2006 (his 44th and 45th birthdays), Mr. Sheirer hiked this trail once a day, clearing downed trees, removing litter, monitoring plant and wildlife, and attending to damage caused by the October 2005 flood. He has also worked with Land Trust volunteers to build and repair a series of log bridges across streams and flooded areas. In addition, he has maintained a detailed record of his trail observations during the year and plans to develop those observations into a book called Loop: Reflections on Hiking the Same Two-Mile Trial Every Day for a Year. A portion of revenue from the book will go towards a donation to the Northern Connecticut Land Trust to support their continuing environmental preservation and education efforts.

Dave Steinmetz
Woodbridge, CT

Successfully implementing an innovative and unique recycling program

Dave Steinmetz and his sisters have worked on the "No Butts About It" Litter Campaign since 1996. Over the past two years, they have worked very hard on getting legislation raised at the state and federal level. With the assistance of Senator Joseph Crisco, such legislation has been raised in Connecticut. At the federal level, Senator Lieberman introduced Senate Bill 2758, which is currently pending before Congress. Just the introduction of the bill is making the issue more public and raising the awareness of the detriments associated with cigarette butt litter. Besides the simple matter of pollution, cigarrette butt litter plays a role in fires, deterioration of water quality, injuries to and death of birds, marine life and other animals. During the past year, Dave and his sisters have conducted neighborhood and street cleanups, maintained a website that promotes the elimination of cigarette butt litter, sent letters to groups or industries that had a potential to support the campaign, sponsored local school contests and worked with Keep America Beautiful.

Janet Stone
Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board
Rocky Hill, CT

Voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations

Janet Stone has volunteered hundreds of hours since The Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board was formed in on January 2004. Ms. Stone has assisted park staff on a number of projects including the new loan box program, a series of very popular teacher workshops, the Park’s new educational film and special events like the Great Park Pursuit and Dinosaur State Park Day. Her expertise and enthusiasm has been a valuable resource to park staff in assisting them to improve both the number and quality of park programs.

Kevin Watson
Norwich, CT

Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year and voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs

On January 14, 2004, Mr. Kevin Watson adopted the streets Canterbury Turnpike and Old Canterbury Turnpike, under the Adopt-A-Spot program through The City of Norwich; also known as Norwich Against Garbage. His responsibilities included cleaning the streets at least twice a year. On average, he cleaned them three times a month or about 3,000 volunteer hours per year. He had been cleaning the streets for four years prior to signing on with the Adopt-A-Spot program. He has also been involved with various Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Wildlife projects such as: assisting with Canada Geese during three seasons; participating in a Woodstock Study: volunteering as a Wildlife Technician for Franklin Wildlife Management Area during the Summer of 2002; volunteering approximately 300 hours at Salt Rock State Camp Ground during the Summer of 2004 and averaging about 1,400 volunteer hours in four months at Salt Rock State Camp Ground during the Summers of 2005 and 2006. Much of the volunteer work at the camp consisted of river and grounds cleanup. He also served as a "Wildlife and its Habitat Educator" for about two years.

Joyce Wrabel
Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board
Rocky Hill, CT

Voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations

Joyce Wrabel has volunteered hundreds of hours since The Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board was formed in on January 2004. Ms. Wrabel has assisted park staff on a number of projects including the new loan box program, a series of very popular teacher workshops, the Park’s new educational film and special events like the Great Park Pursuit and Dinosaur State Park Day. Her expertise and enthusiasm has been a valuable resource to park staff in assisting them to improve both the number and quality of park programs.

Carolyn Wysocki
Ecological Health Organization, Inc.
Berlin, CT

Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects sponsored by youth groups, or community or conservation organizations

The Ecological Health Organization, Inc. and Grassroots Coalition used a significant amount of resources in developing an environmental instructional program for Day Care Centers for children and their families. The focus of the program was to teach about the value of preserving lady bugs and the use of Integrated Pest Management as an alternative to using pesticides. Educational packets were developed for children between the ages of three and five years that included a Lady Bug coloring activity, lady bug song, and information on the benefits of lady bugs in our gardens. On the reverse side of the coloring page was parental information on the health risks of pesticides, organic lawn care tips and a listing of resources. Instruction on the use of these materials and a copy of Public Act 05-252 concerning Pesticides at Schools and Day Care Facilities, were also included in the packet. These Lady Bug Packets were mailed to approximately 1,000 Day Care Facilities throughout Connecticut.

Mike Zizka, Esq.
Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board
Rocky Hill, CT

Voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations

Mike Zizka, Esq., has volunteered hundreds of hours since The Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board was formed in on January 2004. Attorney Zizka has assisted park staff on a number of projects including the new loan box program, a series of very popular teacher workshops, the Park’s new educational film and special events like the Great Park Pursuit and Dinosaur State Park Day. His expertise and enthusiasm has been a valuable resource to park staff in assisting them to improve both the number and quality of park programs.

Jelle Zeilinga DeBoer
Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board
Rocky Hill, CT

Voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river, or watershed associations

Jelle Zeilinga DeBoer, has volunteered hundreds of hours since The Dinosaur State Park Scientific Advisory Board was formed in on January 2004. Mr. DeBoer has assisted park staff on a number of projects including the new loan box program, a series of very popular teacher workshops, the Park’s new educational film and special events like the Great Park Pursuit and Dinosaur State Park Day. His expertise and enthusiasm has been a valuable resource to park staff in assisting them to improve both the number and quality of park programs.

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