DEEP: 2008 Individual/Civic Group GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2008 Individual / Civic Group

Name of Individual or Civic Group

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Carrie Firestone
Avon, CT

Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs.

Carrie Firestone organized the first Farmington Valley Environmental Festival which was held on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at Thompson Brook School in Avon. She brought together community groups, residents and legislators (Chris Murphy attended) who had a wonderful chance to network and promote environmentally friendly products and projects. She also included local restaurants, shops and girl and boy-scout troops.

Mary-beth Hartt
Avon, CT

Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects; and successfully implementing an innovative and unique pollution prevention program that generates an environmental benefit.

Mary-beth Hart helped to establish a recycling program at Roaring Brook School (RBS) in Avon which included both cafeteria recycling and classroom recycling. She presented her ideas to the RBS PTO at one of the meetings and her project was funded by supplying bins and other materials.
Mary-Beth also serves on the "Green Team" with the mission of finding other ways to "Green Up" the school. She coordinated many activities throughout the year such as sneaker collections, inkjet collections, and a host of environmental education projects during Earth Day week. Lastly, Mary-beth coordinated (and created) an after-school club for the children of RBS called Planet Protectors. She planned two field trips for this group including one to the supermarket to study packaging and one to the landfill to study the town's recycling program. They did science experiments about global warming and hosted a "trash magician".

Elijah Huge
Middletown,

Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects (e.g., projects or programs promoted by youth groups, community based organizations, businesses, or environmental entities).

Elijah Huge along with his students from Wesleyan University designed and constructed a sustainable project under adverse conditions to provide an optimal experience at the Mattabeseck Audubon Society’s Helen Carlson Wildlife Sanctuary in Portland since a colony of beavers changed the site to the extent that access was a challenge. Through their architectural skills, professionalism, and dedication to the project, they succeeded and now the sanctuary is once again available.

Alicia Mozian
Westport Conservation Department
Westport, CT

Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; converting or purchasing fleet vehicles that run on natural gas, electricity, hybrid gas/electricity, or other alternative fuels or vehicles having a mileage rating of greater than 40 miles per gallon and an emission standard level of ultra low of cleaner; organizing a river watch program; sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean-up day; 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, 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 (e.g., projects or programs promoted by youth groups, community based organizations, businesses, or environmental entities); opening large tracts of private property for public recreation; and purchasing an alternative fueled vehicle that generates lower emissions.

Ms. Mozian has worked diligently for the Town for more than 20 years. In addition, she has volunteered her time on many local commissions and with community groups dealing with water quality issues. Alicia's most recent accomplishment, the reestablishment of the Westport Recreational Shellfishing Program incorporates many of other ongoing projects including water quality improvements, public recreational opportunities, and resource protection and utilization. Alicia is the coordinator of the Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee, Compo Mill Pond Watershed Committee, and a member of the Saugatuck River Watershed group. Her efforts include identifying pollution sources, areas of runoff, monitoring water quality by sampling, securing grants for non-profit monitoring groups such as Earthplace (Harbor Watch/River Watch) and acquiring more open space. The efforts that Alicia has devoted to water quality monitoring allows the pinpointing of pollution sources that may be remediated improving water quality and allowing shellfishing areas to remain open and utilized by both the community recreational shellfishers and the commercial shellfishermen.

The following is a summarized list of specific qualifying projects that Ms. Mozian has worked on both on and off duty:
The acquisition of private property (formerly Allen's Clam House) along Compo Mill Cove in Westport for public access and recreational boating (kayak/canoe) and birding; prepared and secured grant funding for many tributary monitoring and water quality projects. (Sasco Brook Abatement Project, Saugatuck Watershed, and the Compo Mill Pond.); Assisted the National Resource Conservation Service with remediation efforts at the Hunt Club, a local horse club. The efforts significantly reduced runoff during the extremely large horse shows along a local watercourse. This project implemented several water quality control measures including buffers, manure containment, dry wells at wash stalls, and eliminating direct access to the stream by the horses; secured funding for pollution monitoring to better assess shellfish harvesting areas for local recreational clamming through the CT Department of Agriculture; serves on the Westport Shellfish Commission, and several local tributary watershed commissions/committees, the Long Island Sound Council and the Southwest Conservation District recommending "best management practices;" currently implementing an Aquifer Protection Area program; developed educational brochures for homeowners along the watersheds and shoreline to better improve disposal of wastes and reduce runoff; assisted with securing jobs for student interns to learn and gain experience with water quality and conservation efforts; purchased an electric hybrid vehicle for the office use; and, coordinated two Eagle Scout projects: 1) A season long clean-up for Cockenoe Island recreational area and 2) A watershed educational brochure distribution house to house.

Dorlon Condominium Association
East Norwalk, CT

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 promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats.

For years Dorlon Terrace Association has held two clean-ups every Spring/Fall on Charles Creek, Norwalk. The creek receives large amounts of trash. Organized residents, young and old, donate half a Saturday to clean hundreds of pounds of trash/debris from the seagrass and mud using hip-waiters, kayaks, garbage grabbers, etc. The association newsletter also informs residents about conservation tips, recycling programs and offers information on how to properly dispose of hazardous waste.

Girl Scout Troop
# 10809
Glastonbury, CT

Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects (e.g., projects or programs promoted by youth groups, community based organizations, businesses, or environmental entities).

The Girl Scout Troop # 10809 of Glastonbury received the Girl Scout Bronze Award for writing and illustrating a book about recycling for children of elementary school grades. The book features the 11 items that schools and all of us should be recycling. The troop donated the book to each of the six elementary school libraries in town. The troop hopes the book will teach the community - children, teachers and parents - about how important it is to recycle to help improve our environment.
The girls also donated a book to the Connecticut Audubon Society of Glastonbury, in honor of Mary Crombie, of Acorn Studies, who gave the girls numerous valuable tips on publishing a book. The girls participated at the Audubon's 2008 Earth Day Fair, where they displayed their recycling book for the first time.

Mattabeseck Audubon Society
Middletown, CT

Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects.

The Mattabeseck Audubon Society had been struggling with a way to provide an optimal experience at their Helen Carlson Wildlife Sanctuary in Portland since a colony of beavers changed the site to such a degree that access was a serious challenge. This challenge was met by Elijah Huge and his students from Wesleyan University, who designed and constructed a sustainable project under adverse conditions. While other students were enjoying the spring season, the architecture class was knee deep in mud and water, swatting mosquitoes, and dripping with sweat or rain, creating a split frame viewing station consisting of a lower floating observation deck and an elevated platform connected by a hinged staircase. Tiers on the lower platform serve as seating for conducting classes. Through their architectural skills, professionalism, and dedication to the project, and the sanctuary is once again available for a unique environmental experience.

New Milford Rotary Club
New Milford, CT

Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental project and successfully implementing an innovative and unique pollution prevention program that generates an environmental benefit.

On May 3, 2008, the Rotary Club of New Milford held its second annual Community Paper Shredding Day. This Earth Day event, called "ShredFest 08," provided consumers and businesses the opportunity to spring clean their home and office where, for a nominal fee, they had their confidential documents shredded by a mobile paper shredding truck donated by a local company.
The public was invited to bring boxes of documents, old papers, pay stubs, receipts, bank statements, invoices, cancelled checks, tax forms, medical records, credit card statements, old bills, etc. The shredded material was recycled into new paper products. In four hours, over 16,000 pounds of paper was collected and shredded that was recycled into new paper products. Money raised from this event is used by The New Milford Rotary Club within the community to help senior citizens, student scholarships and other local projects. The paper shredding truck was donated by Secure Eco Shred of Brookfield, CT.

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Content Last Updated on December 17, 2009