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2009 Golden Apple Awards Winners golden apple awards program for nyc schools
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The NYC Department of Sanitation's 2009 Golden Apple Awards program included the following school contests.

• TrashMasters! Super Recyclers: Recognizes schools that have implemented model recycling programs for the materials designated by DSNY.

TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge: Rewards schools for implementing the most successful and innovative waste prevention practices.

TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up: Acknowledges schools exhibiting the most extensive and original cleanup and beautification projects. Also, the New York Restoration Project selects a Rose Award winner from entries in all grade divisions for a school with a notable vision for a beautification project.

NYC Compost Project Golden Shovel Awards: Selected as the Master School Composters by NYC Compost Project staff in each borough from among all entries for that borough in any contest in any grade division.

New York Restoration Project Rose Award: Selected by Bette Midler's  New York Restoration Project leaving NYCWasteLess from entries in any contest, any grade division, to honor and support a school in realizing their vision for a reclamation project that matches NYRP's mission.

Judging: For each contest, schools submit binders that describe their completed projects. A judging committee of environmental educators and government officials reviews and scores all the submitted binders. To receive an award, schools had to meet minimum score requirements; some categories did not produce a winner.

Prizes: Winning schools were awarded certificates of recognition, and participating students received gifts of Golden Apple Award t-shirts and recycling beanie bins. The NYC Recycling Characters attended award presentations to honor Citywide Winners. Due to budget cuts, there were no cash prizes (or trophies) this year.

The winners for each contest, along with descriptions of their projects and scanned pages of winning entries, appear below. Read 2009 DSNY press releaseleaving NYCWasteLess See a list of 2009 Golden Apple Awards winners.

Note: The contest entries are PDF (Portable Document Format) documents; you'll need Adobe Reader leaving NYCWasteLess to open them.

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SuperRecyclers
Outstanding recycling programs with school-wide involvement and support

Elementary School Division
Intermediate School Division
High School Division

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION

Brooklyn Borough & Citywide Winner
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder! photo: PS 160K William T Sampson
PS 160K William T Sampson leaving NYCWasteLess
5105 FORT HAMILTON PKWY
BROOKLYN, NY 11219

A school-wide, comprehensive recycling effort started on day one at PS160 in Brooklyn. The principal clearly detailed the expectations for recycling to all teachers and staff. Student recycling monitors made sure daily that the proper materials were going into the proper bins in classrooms and the cafeteria, culminating in a competition aimed at five consecutive days of perfect recycling. See pages from winning entry, part 1 (4.5 MB), part 2 (2.25 MB).

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Brooklyn Borough Runner-Up
& New York Restoration Project Rose Award
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder!
PS 230K Doris Cohen leaving NYCWasteLess
1 ALBEMARLE RD
BROOKLYN, NY 11218

Students took every opportunity to promote recycling and waste awareness at PS 230 in Brooklyn. Students created Public Service Announcements, volunteered as classroom, cafeteria, and movie night recycling monitors, and created informational posters to spread the word about why and how to recycle. A school-wide assembly and Earth Day art project reinforced the recycling message. See pages from winning entry, part 1 (3.5 MB), part 2 (5.5 MB).

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Brooklyn Borough Honorable Mention
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder!
PS 277K Gerritsen Beach leaving NYCWasteLess
2529 GERRITSEN AVE
BROOKLYN, NY 11229

Super Recycler Team members monitored recycling in each class. Students created posters, skits, and dances about the importance of recycling. The Parent's Association embraced the school's recycling effort by sponsoring an assembly called "Kid Power" about making environmentally conscious choices. See pages from winning entry, part 1 (1.7 MB), part 2 (5.6 MB).

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Brooklyn Borough Finalist
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder!
PS 154K Magnet School for Science & Technology leaving NYCWasteLess
1625 11 AVE
BROOKLYN, NY 11215

Classrooms competed for Golden Trash Can awards for the best recycling effort. Green Team members promoted recycling through instructional posters and an online blog, and enforced recycling by monitoring items found in the trash and recycling bins. The school newspaper reported on recycling progress and Green Week festivities, which included how-to recycle classes and a school-wide Go Green Assembly with skits and songs. See pages from winning entry (4 MB).

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Queens Borough Honorable Mention
& Queens Golden Shovel Award for Master School Composter
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder! PS 188Q
PS 188Q Kingsbury School leaving NYCWasteLess
218-12 HARTLAND AVE
QUEENS, NY 11364

Classroom lessons, a school-wide mural project, speeches by student council representatives, and a poster contest communicated awareness of why and how to recycle at PS 188. "Recycling Police" in each classroom monitored recycling compliance. Students charted progress of the recycling program over time, and demonstrated the ability to recycle food waste through composting. See pages from winning entry, part 1 (2.15 MB), part 2 (2.15 MB).

The Queens Compost Project selected this school for the NYC Compost Project Golden Shovel Award because this school's fall leaves, Halloween pumpkins, and fruit and vegetable scraps from the cafeteria didn't go into trash can and garbage trucks; they went into a compost bin instead. Students, teachers, and the school's custodial staff worked together to collect their organic waste, and transform it into nutrient-rich compost that improves soil health and provides essential nutrients to plants.

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Queens Borough Honorable Mention
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder!
PS 173Q Fresh Meadows leaving NYCWasteLess
174-10 67 AVE
QUEENS, NY 11365

Students, teachers, and custodial staff worked together with the principal to recycle in classrooms, hallways, the lunchroom, and office. Students used scientific observation skills to measure and weigh the paper recycled in the classroom, and graphed results. The school started a vegetable garden and composted yard trimmings on the school grounds using a mulch mower. Students' presentations in the science fair focused on recycling and composting. See pages from winning entry (3.6 MB).

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Queens Borough Finalist
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder!
PS 224 @ 26Q leaving NYCWasteLess
195-02 69 AVE
QUEENS, NY 11365

Students in this special needs school joined with the elementary school in their building to improve recycling building wide. Teachers and staff reinforced recycling fundamentals through entertaining and educational activities. Students competed in a recycling relay race to put items in the correct bins, created a recycling song, based on the green and blue bins, and custom signs to promote correct recycling. See pages from winning entry, part 1 (1.8 MB), part 2 (4 MB).

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Queens Borough Finalist
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder!
PS 97Q Forest Park School leaving NYCWasteLess
85-52 85 ST
QUEENS, NY 11421

The school's Recycling Athletes Club, with the support of the Parent's Association, started a recycling program. Club members researched what can be recycled, and developed a presentation to educate their parents. They also conducted surveys to document what was thrown out or recycled in each classroom, as well as at their homes. See pages from winning entry, part 1 (4.4 MB), part 2 (4.3 MB).

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Staten Island Borough Honorable Mention
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder!
PS 54R Charles W Leng leaving NYCWasteLess
1060 WILLOWBROOK RD
STATEN ISLAND, NY 10314

Students, teachers, and staff collaborated to set up and implement a new recycling program. Persuasive letters written by students convinced their Assemblyman to provide a stipend to buy bins. They placed labeled recycling bins throughout the school and "Trashbusters" club members created motivational posters and documented how much was collected each week. See pages from winning entry (1.9 MB).

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Staten Island Borough Finalist
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder!
PS 69R Daniel D Tompkins leaving NYCWasteLess
144 KEATING PL
STATEN ISLAND, NY 10314

A motivated first grader single-handedly got her school to set up a recycling program. She worked with the custodian to obtain, label, and place recycling bins in the classrooms and office. She created and distributed flyers to teachers and staff about what to recycle. Her class helped promote the effort by making posters to hang around the school. The lower grades also incorporated recycling into social studies and literacy lessons. See pages from winning entry (4.75 MB).

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INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DIVISION

Manhattan Borough Winner
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder!
MS 224 Manhattan East School leaving NYCWasteLess
410 EAST 100 ST
NEW YORK, NY 10029

Classrooms competed for Golden Trash Can awards for the best recycling effort. Green Team members promoted recycling through instructional posters and an online blog, and enforced recycling by monitoring items found in the trash and recycling bins. The school newspaper reported on recycling progress and Green Week festivities, which included how-to recycle classes and a school-wide Go Green Assembly with skits and songs. See pages from winning entry (4.4 MB).

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HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

Brooklyn Borough & Citywide Winner
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder! ACORN High School for Social Justice K498
ACORN High School for Social Justice K498 leaving NYCWasteLess
1396 BROADWAY
BROOKLYN, NY 11221

This school focused on making sure recycling is set up properly in all classrooms, offices, and in the cafeteria. Recycling detectives were in charge of documenting and analyzing compliance. Other activities included a recycling-themed essay, and contests for trivia, rap songwriting, and poster design. See pages from winning entry (4.15 MB).

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Manhattan Borough Winner
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder!
Eleanor Roosevelt High School M416 leaving NYCWasteLess
411 EAST 76 ST
NEW YORK, NY 10021

The Green Team turned "Trashy into Classy" with motivational and educational activities including posters, a bulletin board, game-show style trivia competitions, and an Earth Day presentation. Students encouraged paper recycling by placing properly labeled bins in all classrooms, offices, and lounges. They started a milk carton recycling campaign in the cafeteria and encouraged bottle and can recycling with properly labeled bins on each floor. See pages from winning entry (4.7 MB).

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Reduce Reuse Challenge
Most innovative waste prevention practices

Elementary School Division
Intermediate School Division
High School Division

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION

Manhattan Borough & Citywide Winner
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder! PS40M
PS 40 Augustus Saint-Gaudens leaving NYCWasteLess
320 E 20 ST
NEW YORK, NY 10003

The Super Green Eco Team promoted waste reduction and reuse by implementing multiple strategies: the use of scrap paper, reusable cleaning cloths, and reusable water bottles. They held competitions to motivate participation and documented changes in behavior. As a way to go paperless, the school developed a "School Hub" intranet site to communicate with parents and staff. See pages from winning entry (4.4 MB).

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Manhattan Borough Runner-Up
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder!
St George School
215 E 6 ST
NEW YORK, NY 10003

St. George School integrated its commitments to community service and waste reduction through ongoing donation drives and an annual Earth Day swap-your-stuff event where students exchange various belongings and donate any leftover items to charity. To further foster awareness, students entered a how green can you be? contest to describe their waste habits, created art projects reusing everyday objects, and wrote poetry and song lyrics highlighting the importance of conservation. See pages from winning entry (4.6 MB).

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INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DIVISION

Manhattan Borough & Citywide Winner
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder! Grace Church School
Grace Church School
86 4 AVE
NEW YORK, NY 10003

The student Green Team, in partnership with the school's Sustainability Task Force, led Grace Church School's efforts to reduce waste and consumption. The school facilitated multiple initiatives to actively reuse materials. They held a Halloween costume swap and an ongoing "freecycle" exchange program, sold bags created from reused material and energy efficient "Holiday LED Lights" for fundraisers, and collected spent pens for artistic reuse by The Pen Guy. See pages from winning entry, part 1 (3.4 MB), part 2 (3.2 MB).

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Manhattan Borough Runner-Up
& Manhattan Golden Shovel Award for Master School Composter
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder!
MS 224 Manhattan East School leaving NYCWasteLess
410 EAST 100 ST
NEW YORK, NY 10029

Manhattan East targeted paper for reuse and waste reduction by collecting and using scrap paper, encouraging teachers to make double-sided copies, and transferring grade and progress reporting to an online system. The Manhattan Compost Project selected this school for the NYC Compost Project Golden Shovel Award because the Environmental Action class composted food waste using a worm bin, learned how the decomposition process occurs, and used the finished compost to grow new plants, and planned a partnership with another school in their building to revive a languishing rooftop garden. See pages from winning entry, part 1 (4.6 MB), part 2 (4.35 MB).

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HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

Brooklyn Borough & Citywide Winner
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder! Brooklyn Tech High School
Brooklyn Technical High School leaving NYCWasteLess
29 FT GREENE PL
BROOKLYN, NY 11217

A small but committed Green Leaf Student Club motivated the large student body at Brooklyn Tech to reduce what they throw away through an awareness campaign, and by holding a series of collection drives. The Club promoted a reuse message through artwork, handmade brochures, tabling events, and letters to teachers. To track their individual behavior modification, Club members kept daily logs of their waste reduction efforts. See pages from winning entry (4.6 MB).

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Team Up To Clean Up Logo
Cleanup and beautification of schools and communities

Elementary School Division
Intermediate School Division

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION

Queens Borough & Citywide Winner
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder! PS 229Q Emanuel Kaplan
PS 229Q Emanuel Kaplan leaving NYCWasteLess
67-25 51 RD
QUEENS, NY, 11377

Students, teachers, and staff teamed up to "Wake Up Woodside". After learning the fundamentals of teamwork from the Queens College Varsity Baseball team, they planted over 30 trees at the school and surrounding neighborhood through the NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation School Seeding Program, in support of the Million TreesNYC mission. Staff and students also teamed up with the PTA to beautify the school yard, and improve the landscaping around a new school sign. See pages from winning entry, part 1 (4.65 MB), part 2 (4.85 MB).

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INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DIVISION

Queens Borough Winner
Click here to view a PDF of the winning binder!
PS 47Q Chris Galas leaving NYCWasteLess
9 POWER RD
QUEENS, NY 11693

PS/MS 47Q in Queens honored a late, beloved teacher in their Team Up to Clean Up project. Students collected aluminum cans from home and from the cleanup of a neighborhood lot to create a memorial sculpture of a fish. Teachers integrated lessons into all curricular areas to plan, design, and explore the significance of the sculpture and the materials. See pages from winning entry, part 1 (2.7 MB), part 2 (4.1 MB).

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