DEEP: 2014 Individual/Civic Group GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2014 Individual / Civic Group

Name of Individual or Civic Group

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Sam and Daniel Kruger
Orange, CT

Successfully implement an innovative and unique pollution prevention plan or recycling program that generates an environmental benefit.

Sam and Dan Kruger are part of the No Butts About It (NBAI) cigarette litter campaign that helps raise awareness and provide solutions to the detrimental effects of this form of litter. Cigarette butt litter is the most prevalent form of litter and by addressing it raises awareness and reduces the amount of smokers who litter. Through the campaign, created in 1996 as a family effort, the Krugers send out letters, e-mails, make phone calls or visit businesses, government, and individuals to alert them about the environmental hazards associated with dropping cigarette butts and advise them as to available solutions.

In their partnership with Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the first statewide Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) was created in 2009. In 2014, Dan and Sam garnered support from Alex Kragie, former Chief of Staff of the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. Through this liaison, they have received a commitment from the State Parks Division to hang the cigarette litter PSA in every state park. The Krugers strive to spread the word and get more of Connecticut involved in this important initiative. It is rewarding to realize that some places that have employed the program have had 50% or more decrease in littered butts.

The work that Sam and Daniel Kruger do for the NBAI campaign includes finding places and people to contact, preparing and mailing letters, and talking to interested parties and guiding them through implementing the program.

Sam Kruger participated with NBAI in Bristol-Meyers-Squibb's Earth Day event through a poster presentation. The event was held on the same day as Bring Your Children to Work, so they had a lot of young people stopping by. It was great to show that young adults can and do make a difference in our environment.

In furthering that concept, Sam and Dan have been working on an initiative, Keep Schools Beautiful Day, to encourage and acknowledge environmentalism in schools, which will hopefully result in increased environmental practices by youth that will stay with us through our lives and continue through the generations.

Anuj Sisodiya
Trumbull, CT

Execute changes that reduce annual energy or water consumption rates by more than 15% and voluntarily contribute significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs.

Anuj Sidodiya was inspired to submit an idea of saving energy via electric timers in a state level contest promoting energy efficiency as a result of driving through his neighborhood where he noticed that one of the neighbors left the holiday lights on throughout the day. This behavior both consumed excess electricity and increased electricity bills.

Anuj's proposal was accepted as a winning entry and awarded a grant to bring the proposal from a written idea to a full-scale community project. As a result, Anuj launched "Light It but Time It," a program to help save energy in Trumbull, CT during the holiday season.

The project encouraged the use of an electrical light timer during the holiday season to prevent lights and lighting displays from being left on all day or for extended hours. He used social media such as Facebook and Twitter, his own website Light It but Time It, door-to-door campaigns, public canvassing and booths at grocery stores to distribute free electrical light timers to help save energy across town. He recruited a team of volunteers from his school to help him lead the effort to make Trumbull a more energy efficient town. As a group, they devoted about 500 volunteering hours on these efforts alone. He worked with town leaders, energy company program managers and vendors to effectively execute his project.

The project involved distributing 250 electrical timers and approaching 500 households during the holiday season. By doing a sample study of his neighborhood, Anuj hypothesized that the campaign had the potential to save about 1 million-kilowatt hours of power in the town of Trumbull. This translates to 1.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide not being released into the environment.

The Light It but Time It campaign was not without its challenges. The first day on door to door campaign was not successful. Many people did not answer the door, or did not believe that they were giving them a completely free product. So, after 4 hours of hard work on a cold Saturday morning, Anuj decided to end distribution for the day and rethink a strategy. He made plans to set up a table at his local grocery store and nature center. He also created a form on his website that people could fill out to request a free timer. These changes were a huge success because not only were they able to hand out more free timers, but they were also able to spread the word about saving the environment.

Anuj's efforts to implement the campaign and help save energy and protect the environment were recognized by the Town of Trumbull's First Selectmen and many other organizations such as the Trumbull Nature Center, the Connecticut Woodlands Association, Aquarion Environmental Youth Champion Award, President's Environmental Youth Awards. These recognitions have motivated him and provided an opportunity to convey the message of the importance of saving the environment to an even wider audience. This campaign enhanced his self-confidence, project management, leadership and marketing skills, improved his communication and showed him the power of volunteerism and the change it can bring in a community.

Beyond this project, he has always been interested in promoting sustainability. Last year, he donated money he earned teaching talented kids Math to the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, a local development that promotes energy conservation. The money donated is used to educate young children on how they can make the world a "greener" place. Anuj has additional plans on ways to save energy. He recently won another grant with his campaign idea: Measure, Monitor and Save Energy. This campaign promotes the use of smart technology and phone applications to save energy.

Dave Steinmetz
Woodbridge, CT

Successfully implement an innovative and unique pollution prevention plan or recycling program that generates an environmental benefit.

Dave Steinmetz is part of the No Butts About It (NBAI) cigarette litter campaign and help raise awareness and provide solutions to the detrimental effects of this form of litter. Cigarette butt litter is the most prevalent form of litter and by addressing it raises awareness and reduces the amount of smokers who litter.

Through the campaign, created in 1996 with his sisters as a family effort, he sends out letters and e-mails, makes phone calls or visits businesses, government, and individuals to alert them about the environmental hazards associated with dropping cigarette butts and advises them as to available solutions.

In his partnership with Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the first statewide Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) was created in 2009. In 2014, Dave Steinmetz garnered support from Alex Kragie, former Chief of Staff of the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. Through this liaison, he has received a commitment from the State Parks Division to hang the cigarette litter PSA in every state park. Dave strives to spread the word and get more of Connecticut involved in this important initiative. It is rewarding to realize that some places that have employed the program have had 50% or more decrease in littered butts.

The work that Dave Steinmetz does for the NBAI campaign includes finding places and people to contact, preparing and mailing letters, and talking to interested parties and guiding them through implementing the program.

Dave Steinmetz participated with NBAI in Bristol-Meyers-Squibb's Earth Day event through a poster presentation. The event was held on the same day as Bring Your Children to Work, so they had a lot of young people stopping by. It was great to show that young adults can and do make a difference in our environment.

In furthering that concept, Dave has been working on an initiative, Keep Schools Beautiful Day, to encourage and acknowledge environmentalism in schools, which will hopefully result in increased environmental practices by youth that will stay with us through our lives and continue through the generations.


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Content Last Updated on December 8, 2015