DEEP: 2012 Individual/Civic Group GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2012 Individual / Civic Group

Name of Individual or Civic Group

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Highland Lake Watershed Association
Winsted, CT

Sponsor a river, beach, or neighborhood clean-up day; promote conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs; and donate significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects.

The Highland Lake Watershed Association (HLWA) has instituted a "Legacy" program accepting donations of open space land in the watershed, assuring these properties remain as open space for future generations. To date HLWA has deeds to 16 properties and is presently in the process of closing on six more. The HLWA also raised money for the purchase of properties as well.
The HLWA conducts two annual, volunteer cleanup of the roadways surrounding Highland Lake, collecting trash that accumulates in the watershed. These events are scheduled in the spring in conjunction with Earth Day and in the fall.
The HLWA publishes a quarterly newsletter containing articles for the education of lake residents in the care and protection of the watershed by adapting sound environmental practices. The organization also supports the Town of Winchester by helping in the activities surrounding the annual application of weed control products.

Charles E. Button
Windsor, CT

Implement clean energy generation projects utilizing fuel cells, solar, geothermal or wind power; voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, and donate significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects.

Dr. Charles E. Button founded and chairs the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition, a group of students, faculty, staff members and alumni. Dr. Button chairs the CCSU's President's Advisory Council for Environmental Sustainability.
He lectures throughout the USA and has created numerous campus and community programs that reduce waste and pollution; that promote the adoption of policies and processes that promote sustainability and environmental stewardship.
He spearheaded the creation of first graduate level degree of "Global Sustainability" at a Connecticut state university. For the past 5 years he has hosted "Sustainability Symposiums" at CCSU that have engaged people of all ages, cultures and political background throughout the world in discussions about environmental challenges facing society. At home, he has solar panels, geothermal heat, organic garden, composts, and has planted numerous trees.

Dan Kruger
Orange, CT

Successfully implement an innovative and unique pollution prevention plan or recycling program that generates an environmental benefit and voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs.

Dan Kruger continues his efforts with the No Butts About It cigarette litter campaign which raises awareness and provides solutions to cigarette butt litter (which is the most prevalent form of litter with an estimated 4.5 trillion butts littered every year). He contacts various businesses, state and local entities, and individuals to raise awareness of the issue, and asks that they hang up an awareness poster and provide ash receptacles for smokers' proper disposal of their butts.
He is also working in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful on the first-ever, statewide cigarette litter initiative - the Connecticut Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.
Since 2009, he has implemented the program in various locations, such as Orange and Woodbridge, as well as Hammonasset State Park, and is always working to expand to new locations around the state. Some of the areas where the program has been in use have seen up to a 55% reduction in this form of litter.
He also helps to maintain a website - nobuttsaboutit.net - that has a lot of information about this litter issue. Through that, he is contacted on a regular basis by people both locally and abroad for help getting awareness raised in their own areas.
Dan is hopeful that this program will become a model for other states to follow, and that it will create a national trend to reduce this small but invasive form of litter.

Duke Moore
Falls Village, CT

Execute changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15%.

The City of Winchester (Winsted) decided to restore the fountain on the town green (East End Park) in the center of town. The fountain (approximately 18' tall and 14' wide) was originally built in 1883, a donation of Mary A. Mitchell, a local citizen of the town. Over the years it suffered damage and the usual weathering of 125 years.

The restoration was undertaken by Duke Moore, AIA Architect as a historic preservation project using the Dept. of Interior standards for the treatment of Historic Properties.

Originally, water was supplied by the town water system, run through the fountain, then drained into a storm drain and ultimately to a nearby stream without recycling any of the water. The city estimated it was using over 600,000 gallons of water a year. As part of the restoration project Duke Moore designed a recycling system that enables the city to save almost the entire 600,000 gallons previously used in the fountain.

Dave Steinmetz
Woodbridge, CT

Successfully implement an innovative and unique pollution prevention plan or recycling program that generates an environmental benefit and voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs, DEEP fish and wildlife projects, water quality monitoring programs, or lake, river or watershed associations.

Dave Steinmetz has continued his efforts with the no Butts About It cigarette litter campaign, which he co-founded with his sisters in 1996. The program raises awareness and provides solutions to cigarette butt litter (which is the most prevalent form of litter with an estimated 4.5 trillion butts littered every year). Dave together with Dan Kruger, contact various businesses, state and local entities, and individuals to raise awareness of the issue, and ask that they hang up an awareness poster and provide ash receptacles for smokers' proper disposal of their butts.

He is also working in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful on the first-ever, statewide cigarette litter imitative - the Connecticut Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. Since 2009, he has implemented the program in various locations, such as Orange and Woodbridge, as well as Hammonasset State Park, and are always working to expand to new locations around the state.  Some of the areas where the program has been in use have seen up to a 55% reduction in this form of litter.
Dave also helps maintain a website, nobuttsaboutit.net, that has a lot of information about this litter use. Through that, they are contacted on a regular basis by people here and abroad for help getting awareness raised in their own areas.
Dave is hopeful that this program will become a model for other states to follow, and that it will create a national trend to reduce this small but invasive form of litter.
Dave Steinmetz is working with Keep America Beautiful on several new initiatives, such as a Keep Schools Beautiful Day, expanding the college affiliate program and acting as Youth Advisor to them.

Harry Westby-Gibson
Bethel, CT

Adopt a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway, or beach for a year; voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs; and donate significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects.

Harry Gibson is a founding member of the Friends and Neighbors (FANS) of Putnam Memorial Park. Harry began his volunteer efforts at Putnam Park in 1991, when the park was decommissioned. Harry along with other volunteers assisted the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection by maintaining the grounds. Harry has spent thousands of hours weed whacking, mowing, pruning and helping to maintain the 152 acres that comprise Putnam Park, maintaining the grounds for over six years.
When the park reopened in 1997 with staffing, Harry had more time to focus on the historical, educational and recreational aspect of the park. Harry helped to coordinate Living History School Day, documenting this great event for the Chairperson and assisting in any way possible.
Harry also was involved in the Living History event, a FANS and DEEP sponsored two-day event. This public event educates others regarding the history of Putnam Park and the American Revolution. He helped invite, coordinate and organize the Reenactors.

He assisted in creating the schedule of events, greeted the public at the gate. He also helped to record the event, taking numerous photos to document the event for the local papers and for the FANS archives.

He has been instrumental in assisting in the archeological digs at Putnam Park. Under the supervision of Dan Cruson, FANS members participated in numerous archeological digs, during the course of the past 20 years. Harry had lobbied with the Friends groups for future funding of the park. He was a pivotal player in securing the restoration of the Visitors Center/Pavilion. He worked closely with various (then) DEP staff and the restoration company. His goal was to save the pavilion and have it used for a functional educational and multi-use area. His diligence persisted.

Harry created the posters and press releases for all FANS and Putnam Park events. He also created and maintained the FANS website. He includes many historical articles in their monthly newsletter. Also, he served in various Chair positions on the Board of Directors for the Friends and Neighbors of Putnam Memorial State Park. In addition, he has also helped to research the Rochambeau Trail.

 
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Content Last Updated on November 22, 2013