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2012 Golden Apple Awards

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See the list of 2012 Golden Apple Awards contest winners!

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super recyclers winners
reduce & reuse challenge winners
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The NYC Department of Sanitation's 2012 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: Citywide Winner ($6,000), Borough Winner ($3,000), Borough Runner-Up ($1,500), Honorable Mention ($750). Citywide winners are also 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 $1,000 plus 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 Version 5.0 or later of the Adobe Acrobat Reader leaving NYCWasteLess to open them.

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SuperRecyclers

Outstanding recycling programs with school-wide involvement and support.

Elementary Division
Intermediate Division
High School Division



ELEMENTARY DIVISION
Brooklyn
Manhattan
Queens
Staten Island

Brooklyn Borough Winner - Elementary Division ($3,000) 
click to open pdf of contest entry
PS 971K leaving NYCWasteLess
6214 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Help Save Our Planet: PS 971’s vision is to create an environment that helps promote garbage reduction, materials reuse, and water and energy conservation. Staff worked to create a recycling information board for the school and to incorporate DSNY curriculum into reading, language, and art lessons. In addition, PS 971 focused on reducing waste by using printers wisely, choosing refillable binders instead of notebooks, limiting the use of disposable cups, installing fluorescent light bulbs, and developing an outside garden area. See contest entry (2.4 MB).

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Manhattan Honorable Mention - Elementary Division ($750)
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PS 166 Richard Rodgers School of the Arts & Technology leaving NYCWasteLess
132 W 89th St
New York, NY 10024

Super Recycling at PS 166: By implementing a variety of waste reduction and recycling programs for items including food, bottle caps, electronics, and textiles, PS 166 taught students and their families that nearly everything people eat, use, and wear can be recycled or repurposed. The school’s waste reduction efforts inspired a cultural shift towards greater environmental awareness and responsibility that spread to family members and the surrounding community. See contest entry (1.34 MB).

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Citywide & Queens Borough Winner - Elementary Division ($6,000)
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Pioneer Academy leaving NYCWasteLess
40-20 100th St
Corona, NY 11368

All Pioneers Make A Difference: Pioneer Academy orgnaized a student Green Team to set up recycling properly, monitor classroom participation, and motivate teachers by posting results on the door of each room. Students taught parents and teachers how to reduce waste, cleaned up a local park, and planted flowers in their school's tree wells. See contest entry (1.95 MB).

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Queens Borough Runner-Up - Elementary Division ($1,500)
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PS 188Q Kingsbury School leaving NYCWasteLess
218-12 Hartland Ave
Bayside, NY 11364

Let's Help the Earth, Recycle! PS 188Q had a recycling system in place, but at the beginning of the year people were not following the recycling rules in the school. The PS 188 community needed to be re-educated in recycling procedures. Students were empowered to teach the school the proper way to recycle, and now the entire school is aware of recycling regulations and works hard to execute them properly. See contest entry (1.77 MB).

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Staten Island Borough Winner - Elementary Division ($3,000)
& Staten Island Golden Shovel Award ($1,000)  
 
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PS 57 Hubert H Humphrey leaving NYCWasteLess
140 Palma Dr
Staten Island, NY 10304

PS 57 Green Teams 2012: Student “Green Teams” helped create and run schoolwide recycling, composting, energy efficiency, and environmental education programs. Administration, custodians, and educators worked in collaboration with student leaders to guide them in operating their own “Going Green” activities for the school. Students built a full greenhouse out of 1,500 recycled bottles, recycled PVC, and lumber, and will raise butterflies and flowers there. Students also prepared new garden beds to fill with their own school compost. See contest entry (2.82 MB).

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INTERMEDIATE DIVISION
Brooklyn
Queens

Brooklyn Honorable Mention - Intermediate Division ($750)
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Andries Hudde IS 240 leaving NYCWasteLess
2500 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Cleaning Up Midwood One Bottle at a Time: Hudde launched a schoolwide anti-litter and recycling program that included the proper collection and sorting of bottles and cans. In addition, students reduced their carbon footprint by helping teachers shred recyclable paper in order to reduce its volume and conserve plastic recycling bags. See contest entry (1.6 MB).

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Queens Borough Winner - Intermediate Division ($3,000)
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Nathaniel Hawthorne MS 74 leaving NYCWasteLess
61-15 Oceania Street
Bayside, NY 11364

To Go Green and Beyond! In response to the DOE's initiatives in sustainability, MS 74Q decided to have its first ever student-led Green Team to empower students to make the school more environmentally friendly. The Green Team’s goal this year was to improve the school’s recycling program. Ten students from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades met once a week with the school’s Sustainability Coordinator. The Green Team successfully improved student and staff participation in recycling at the school. See contest entry (1.8 MB).

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HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
Bronx
Queens 

Bronx Honorable Mention - High School Division ($750)
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Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professionals leaving NYCWasteLess
120 W 231st St
Bronx, NY 10463

The Greenest of Them All: Marie Curie Green Club members created lids for paper and can/bottle recycling bins throughout the building and monitored the contents every afternoon. Students created a rating system and publicly displayed how well each classroom and office recycled on a daily basis. The staff member in the classroom that received the most “smiley faces” for the month was crowned “Greenest of Them All.” See contest entry (1.29 MB).

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Queens Borough Winner - High School Division ($3,000)
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Newcomers High School leaving NYCWasteLess
28-01 41st Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

Newcomers Super Recyclers: Newcomers students conducted independent research on recycling in order to design improvements to the school’s existing program. Students reclaimed used posterboard to create customized lids for recycling bins across the school. Because Newcomers High School students are English Language Learners, the students emphasized visual cues in the informational posters and instructions they hung above bins in every classroom, office, lobby, and common space. See contest entry (2.9 MB).

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Reduce Reuse Challenge

Most innovative waste prevention practices.

Elementary Division
Intermediate Division
High School Division



ELEMENTARY DIVISION
Manhattan 

Citywide & Manhattan Borough Winner - Elementary Division ($6,000) 
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The Anderson School PS 334 (K-5) leaving NYCWasteLess
100 W 77th St
New York, NY 10024

Composting Cafeteria Trays, Food Waste, & Other Waste Prevention: The Anderson School focused on implementing waste prevention, reduction, and reuse programs throughout the school and campus. One key program was the Parent Association’s purchase of “bagasse” trays made from sugar cane waste to replace disposable Styrofoam cafeteria trays, and then implementing an organic waste collection program for these compostable trays and food scraps through arrangements with a private carting company. Anderson’s cafeteria composted more than 100 pounds of organic waste daily. Additional waste prevention and reduction programs included a drastic reduction of paper memos, the sale of waste-free lunch items, and materials reuse drives. See contest entry (1.71 MB).

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Manhattan Borough Runner-Up - Elementary Division ($1,500)
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PS 199 Jessie Isador Straus leaving NYCWasteLess
270 W 70th St
New York, NY 10023

A Smaller Footprint is Making a Bigger Impact! PS 199 used a Saturday Earth Day Fair to engage families and students in waste reduction efforts, including collecting batteries, electronics, and used sneakers for recycling, and arranging for shredding services during tax season to ensure that private papers could get recycled safely. The school started a daily composting effort by collecting salad bar scraps and fallen leaves for their “compost ball” in the new garden area. PS 199 also participated in a pilot partnership with a private waste carter to collect organic waste from the school cafeteria, and students learned which materials could be collected for composting. Fourth graders tracked and charted waste collection data to demonstrate how greater portions of their total waste stream were being diverted from the landfill. See contest entry (2.39 MB).

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INTERMEDIATE DIVISION
Brooklyn
Manhattan

Brooklyn Borough Winner - Intermediate Division ($3,000) 
click to open pdf of contest entry
MS 51 William Alexander leaving NYCWasteLess
350 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Cafeteria Environmental Experiment and Contest: To celebrate Earth Day, the MS 51 Parent Association’s Green Committee began a Cafeteria Environmental Experiment and Contest for the month of April. Prior to the experiment, the cafeteria had one trash bin for all materials, including Styrofoam trays. As part of the experiment, the Green Committee installed a source separation recycling station, measured the waste stream before and afterwards, and conducted a student contest to determine the waste weight reduction as a result of the source separation. See contest entry (1.53 MB).

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Citywide & Manhattan Borough Winner - Intermediate Division ($6,000)
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Grace Church School leaving NYCWasteLess
86 Fourth Aven
New York, NY 10003

Food is Our Common Ground: Grace Church School studied plastics, food, and other waste reduction, as well as developing deeper sustainable habits. Students learned about local endangered species and how plastic waste hurts ocean ecosystems. Grace Church partnered with schools in Baton Rouge and Guadalajara for the National Association of Independent Schools “Challenge 20/20", exchanging presentations and videos to compare efforts to protect biodiversity. The Student Council and the Green Team worked together on an Earth Day Carnival with activities including planting seedlings, recycling contests, and a DJ/sound booth that created a message for the Rio+20 Sustainable Development summit. Grace Church also began a schoolwide composting program with compost pickup and 11 classroom worm bins. See contest entry (1.6 MB).

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HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
Manhattan

Citywide & Manhattan Borough Winner - High School Division ($6,000)
Manhattan Golden Shovel Award ($1,000) 
 
click to open pdf of contest entry

Urban Assembly NY Harbor School leaving NYCWasteLess
550 Wheeler St, Governor's Island
New York, NY 11231

Island Compost: The main objective of NY Harbor School’s composting project was trying not to harm the school’s beautiful environment on Governors Island. Harbor separates food, yard, and wood waste from shop class to create compost that is used as a fertile additive for the school’s  garden. The school used the compost to grow vegetables and fruits such as pumpkin, squash, and strawberries. See contest entry (2.84 MB).

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Team Up To Clean Up Logo

Cleanup and beautification of schools and communities.

Elementary Division
High School Division



ELEMENTARY DIVISION
Brooklyn
Queens

Citywide & Brooklyn Borough Winner - Elementary Division ($6,000)
Brooklyn Golden Shovel Award ($1,000) 
click to open pdf of contest entry
PS 185 Walter Kassenbrock leaving NYCWasteLess
8601 Ridge Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11209

PS 185 Garden Project: Children Growing Great Ideas!  Last year, PS 185 began an organic growing garden: 26 classes voluntarily participated in growing and planting seedlings in the interactive growing garden. As part of the Garden Project, PS 185 began a composting program, recycling cafeteria waste to sustain the garden, and initiated a student Go-Green Workshop to spread the word to the entire student body. In only a year, PS 185’s efforts grew considerably, and students now see the wonders that the garden offers as a natural part of the school curriculum. See contest entry (2.35 MB).

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New York Restoration Project Rose Award
click to open pdf of contest entry
The Academy of Talented Scholars (TAOTS) leaving NYCWasteLess
50 Avenue P
Brooklyn, NY 11204

Superkids on a Mission: Children’s Corner Beautification. With technical advice and support from the NYC Parks Department, the young students from TAOTS’s enrichment cluster “Superkids on a Mission” collaborated with parent volunteers and school staff to create the TAOTS Children’s Corner at Seth Low Park, a public park located across from the school. Students, parents and staff worked together to clean up the site, create stenciled images of children’s games for play, and plan their community garden space. See contest entry (0.76 MB).

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Queens Borough Winner - Elementary Division ($3,000)
click to open pdf of contest entry
PS 76Q William Hallet Magnet School for Health & Wellness leaving NYCWasteLess
36-36 10th St
Long Island City, NY 11101

A Beautiful Transformation: The principal, teachers, and students of PS 76Q mobilized to plan, design, and implement a neighborhood cleanup and the beautification of the school. PS 76Q’s efforts to restore trees in front of their school, renovate their schoolyard, plant seedlings in the classroom, install a greenhouse, and clean up the streets led to a long-term improvement in the school and the community. Students also learned how to compost cafeteria scraps with a compost bin system in one of the classrooms. See contest entry (1.53 MB).

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HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
Bronx
Brooklyn
Queens 

Bronx Honorable Mention - High School Division ($750)
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Cardinal Spellman High School leaving NYCWasteLess
1 Cardinal Spellman Pl
Bronx, NY 10466

Vertical Garden Using Recyclable Materials: Cardinal Spellman students created vertical garden structures from reused items they collected. The students developed their designs after researching vertical structures that would be conducive to the NYC environment. They then formulated a budget, vendor list, design, supply list, and a procedure for building the structures. They germinated seedlings in biodegradable cardboard tubes. The vertical garden structures will be displayed for the Spellman community in a courtyard, a memorial garden, and along a metal fence that surrounds an area of the school. See contest entry (0.41 MB).

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Citywide & Brooklyn Borough Winner - High School Division ($6,000)
click to open pdf of contest entry
High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow leaving NYCWasteLess
600 Kingston Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Motivating Teens: Food Activists Through Urban Agriculture. The Youth Farm is a unique partnership between the HS for Public Service and the Green Guerillas. The 1.2-acre working farm engaged students, teachers, parents, and Crown Heights residents in a range of activities that helped them connect to the Earth, eat better, and learn about food, farming, and nutrition. The weekly farmers market (June-October) sells a delicious selection of fruits and vegetables to the local community at reasonable prices. Students participated in afterschool Farm Club, internships, advocacy groups, volunteer days, and summer jobs. Teachers and local farmers co-created curricula that used the farm as an outdoor classroom. The Youth Farm became a local hub for community organizing around issues of food access, environmental stewardship, and health. See contest entry (0.65 MB).

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Brooklyn Borough Runner-Up - High School Division ($1,500)
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Academy for Environmental Leadership leaving NYCWasteLess
400 Irving Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Bushwick Campus Farm: More Than Just Gardening. The staff and students of the four schools of Bushwick Campus collaborated with local nonprofit EcoStation:NY, other organizations across the city, and community volunteers to establish the innovative Bushwick Campus Farm. This working organic farm is used as an outdoor classroom, teaching lessons about sustainable agriculture, composting, greenhouse propagation, volunteerism, and leadership. See contest entry (0.68 MB).

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Queens Borough Winner - High School Division ($3,000)
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Maspeth High School leaving NYCWasteLess
91-30 Metropolitan Ave
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Maspeth High School Green Club: In its inaugural year, the Maspeth HS Green Club undertook a wide variety of cleanup and gardening projects, tying students' efforts to the Living Environment curriculum. Projects included building an indoor learning garden, community graffiti removal, campus cleanups, persuasive letter-writing to lobby for a school dumpster, an anti-litter public service announcement, recycling program outreach, and an Earth Day “Love Your Neighbor” event. See contest entry (1.3 MB).

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