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golden apple awards program for nyc schools2011 Golden Apple Awards
Contest Winners
 
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See a list of 2011 Golden Apple Awards winners.

Read the Department of Sanitation's press release leaving NYCWasteLess.

The NYC Department of Sanitation's 2011 Golden Apple Awards program include 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.

Prizes: Winning schools are awarded certificates of recognition, and their participating students receive gifts including Golden Apple Awards t-shirts and recycling beanie bins. Citywide winners are honored with an engraved Golden Apple trophy.

Other awards: In addition, the following special awards are selected from Golden Apple Awards project entries:

NYC Compost Project Golden Shovel Awards: NYC Compost Project staff in each borough select one Master School Composter from among all entries for that borough in any contest in any grade division. Master School Composters receive an engraved Golden Shovel trophy, and compost-related prizes.

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

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 DIVISION
Brooklyn
Queens


ELEMENTARY DIVISION

Brooklyn Borough and Citywide Winner
open pdf of PS 192K contest entry for Super Recyclers  photo: PS 192 MAGNET SCHOOL FOR MATH AND SCIENCE INQUIRY 
PS 192 MAGNET SCHOOL FOR MATH AND SCIENCE INQUIRY leaving NYCWasteLess
4715 18TH AVENUE
BROOKLYN, NY 11204

Clean & Green Is Our Scene: This school promoted recycling and waste awareness by recycling properly in classrooms, offices, cafeterias, and common areas. They worked with the other school in the building, established Recycling Squads who monitored classrooms and issued recycling report cards and tickets, and increased awareness through a school-wide "Go Green" incentive campaign with cash prizes, assemblies, and "Junk-to-Funk" fashion show. See contest entry.

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ELEMENTARY DIVISION

Brooklyn Borough Runner-Up
open pdf of PS 124K contest entry for Super Recyclers  
PS 124K SILAS B. DUTCHER leaving NYCWasteLess
515 FOURTH AVENUE
BROOKLYN, NY 11215

The Green Team: This school created a Green Team comprised of 3rd grade students on a mission to keep the school beautiful by reducing, reusing and recycling. They spearheaded and reinforced recycling efforts schoolwide. See contest entry.

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ELEMENTARY DIVISION

Queens Borough Winner
open pdf of PS 76Q contest entry for Reduce & Reuse Challenge  
PS 76Q WILLIAM HALLET leaving NYCWasteLess
36-36 10TH STREET
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11106

PS 76Q On to a Good Start: The teachers and students came together to start a recycling program: teachers used DSNY resources in the classrooms; art projects from recycled items displayed throughout the hallways; info provided during faculty meetings; kick off with school assemblies; student "recycling officers" check for proper paper recycling and collect deposit bottles; progress publicly reported in school newspaper; principal met with recycling team every two months, and established rewards program for classes. See contest entry.

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Reduce Reuse Challenge

Most innovative waste prevention practices

ELEMENTARY DIVISION
Manhattan
Queens

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION
Brooklyn


ELEMENTARY DIVISION

Manhattan Borough and Citywide Winner;
Manhattan Golden Shovel Award Winner
open pdf of PS 89M contest entry for Reduce & Reuse Challenge  photo: PS 89 LIBERTY SCHOOL  
PS 89 LIBERTY SCHOOL leaving NYCWasteLess
201 WARREN STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10282

Styrofoam KO’d; Composting OK’d @ 89: Spearheaded by the PTA, the PS89 Green Team has successfully eradicated Styrofoam trays from the school cafeteria for this school and IS 289, which shares the building, by replacing the Styrofoam trays with sugarcane pulp trays. The Green Team then embarked on an innovative pilot partnership with Holton Farms, a local CSA, to compost the trays. ALSO: chosen by the NYC Compost Project in Manhattan at the Lower East Side Ecology Center as Master School Composter for educating students about composting. See contest entry.

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Queens Golden Shovel Award Winner
open pdf of P993@208Q contest entry for Reduce & Reuse Challenge  photo: P 993 @ 208Q 
P 993 @ 208Q leaving NYCWasteLess
74-30 COMMONWEALTH BOULEVARD
GLEN OAKS, NY 11362

The 3 Rs - Learning about Reducing, Reusing and Recycling: These students with special needs worked hard on about 15 waste prevention and reuse projects using a hands-on, visual format that all could understand and share with others. The school was chosen by the NYC Compost Project in Queens at the Queens Botanical Garden as Master School Composter for their step-by-step approach to composting in the classroom with a worm bin. See contest entry.

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INTERMEDIATE DIVISION

Brooklyn Borough and Citywide Winner;
Brooklyn Golden Shovel Award Winner
open pdf of MS 126K contest entry for Reduce & Reuse Challenge  photo: JOHN ERICSSON MS 126 MAGNET SCHOOL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING 
JOHN ERICSSON MS 126 MAGNET SCHOOL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING leaving NYCWasteLess
424 LEONARD STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11222

MS 126 Recycling Campaign:  Students in two 6th grade classes helped recycle trays, bottles, and cans in the cafeteria; created slogans, plays, announcements, and recycling competitions to engage student body; raised money for a trip where they recycled old jeans to make bags; brought in old garments and changed them into new artistic pieces; displayed their creations at the Greenpoint Earth Day Festival. ALSO chosen by the NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Botanic Garden as Master School Composter, for collecting food scraps to feed their classroom worm bin, and using the worm castings in planters they made from old plastic bottles. See contest entry.

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Team Up To Clean Up Logo

Cleanup and beautification of schools and communities

ELEMENTARY DIVISION
Staten Island

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION
Manhattan


ELEMENTARY DIVISION

Staten Island Borough and Citywide Winner;
NY Restoration Project Rose Award
open pdf of PS 57R contest entry for Team Up to Clean Up  photo: PS 57 HUBERT H. HUMPHREY 
PS 57 HUBERT H. HUMPHREY leaving NYCWasteLess
140 PALMA DRIVE
STATEN ISLAND, NY 10304

PS 57 R Going Green Projects:  For the past 15 years, this school's Title I students have been working on student recycling, reducing, reusing, and beautification (garden/park/watershed) projects. Each year these projects have grown with a new twist. Even some partner schools have joined in on the learning fun. The science teacher relates this exploration to a scientific theme, but found the most impressive projects were student-created and student-led. The next project is to build an actual greenhouse from 1,500 recycled two-liter bottles. See contest entry.

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INTERMEDIATE DIVISION

Manhattan Borough and Citywide Winner
open pdf of IS 52 (SEAS) contest entry for Team Up to Clean Up  photo: IS 52 INWOOD - SEAS (SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND APPLIED SCIENCES) 
IS 52 INWOOD - SEAS (SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND APPLIED SCIENCES) leaving NYCWasteLess
650 ACADEMY STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10034

Street Tree Protection and Beautification: In small groups, students adopted some of the 300 street trees that they helped plant on Earth Day 2010 through the STEMester of Service project grant with MillionTreesNY and NY Restoration Project. This year they learned how to care for trees through the Young Urban Forester Program at TreesNY; and how to build tree guards, through Brooklyn Shade. They designed signs to educate the public, cleaned the tree pits, amended the soil with compost, and planted annuals at the base. They will also build wooden fences which will protect the trees and provide a place to hang their signs. See contest entry.

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