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2013 Golden Apple Awards

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See list of all 2013 Golden Apple Awards contest winners! (PDF)

See contest and prize info 
super recyclers winners
reduce & reuse challenge winners
team up to clean up winners 

 



Contest and Prize Info

The NYC Department of Sanitation's 2013 Golden Apple Awards include the following school contests.

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

TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge: Rewards schools that demonstrate 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.

2013 Prizes: Citywide Winner ($10,000), Borough Winner ($5,000), Borough Runner-Up ($2,500), Honorable Mention ($1,000). 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 all contests and grade divisions. 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

Citywide & Brooklyn Borough Winner - Elementary Division ($10,000) 
click to open pdf of contest entry
PS 310K leaving NYCWasteLess
942 62nd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11219

Learning and Recycling! On opening the doors to their brand new school building, PS 310K decided it was imperative for their students to learn the importance of recycling beginning on the first day of school. The school equipped each classroom and common area with labeled cans for garbage and recyclables. PS 310K also took great care to make sure that students learned how to properly sort cafeteria waste. Teachers incorporated recycling into lesson plans, especially Social Studies and Science. This has been a tremendous schoolwide effort, with support and participation from teachers and students alike. JUDGES' COMMENT: excellent school setup.  See contest entry (260kB).

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INTERMEDIATE DIVISION
Queens
Brooklyn
Bronx

Citywide & Queens Borough Winner - Intermediate Division ($10,000);
& Queens Golden Shovel Award ($1,000)
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IS 204 Oliver Wendell Holmes
Magnet School for Living Green in a Global Society
 leaving NYCWasteLess
36-41 28 Street
Long Island City, NY 11106

Green Team Challenge: Students from the IS 204 Green Team decided to put into practice what they learn in the classroom by reducing the school’s waste. They did this by auditing the building to identify target areas, revamping the paper recycling program, increasing milk carton recycling in the cafeteria, finding recycling programs to help divert other recyclables (such as e-waste and other plastics), and implementing a composting system. Students created a grading system for classroom recycling (modeled after the restaurant grading system in NYC), educated 6th graders on carton recycling, and held a carton recycling challenge. They also maintained an indoor worm bin and starting composting outdoors. Extensive multi-discipline lesson plans support these efforts. See contest entry (380kB).

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Brooklyn Borough Winner - Intermediate Division ($5,000)
PS 89 Cypress Hills leaving NYCWasteLess
265 Warwick Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207

Los Recicladores Latinos: The Latino Recyclers is a group of 15 (Latino) male students who meet three times a week as part of their school service-learning project. Over the past two years, the Recicladores Latinos have been working with the school building manager and science teacher to improve the school's recycling program. This presentation outlines most of their work.See contest entry (911kB).

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Brooklyn Borough Runner-Up - Intermediate Division ($2,500)
Andries Hudde IS 240 leaving NYCWasteLess
2500 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Expanding Recycling: Every Room, One Bottle at a Time: Last year, this school won Honorable Mention for their efforts to recycle bottles and cans. This year, the mission was to recycle more. They established a recycling team and started recycling from the first day of school. The recycling team has grown and attends school events to spread the word about recycling. The school currently recycles bottles and paper in each classroom, and all offices and common rooms. They used some of the prize money to purchase bins for paper recycling. Students tally the amount of bags placed at the curbside to measure results. JUDGES' COMMENT: Great improvements from last year; unfortunately they have still not instituted milk carton recycling in their cafeteria. See contest entry (333kB).

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Bronx Honorable Mention - Intermediate Division ($1,250)
Baychester Middle School leaving NYCWasteLess
3750 Baychester Avenue, 3rd FL 
Bronx, NY 10466

Green Team Recycling Initiative: The student-led Green Team launched its recycling initiative in the 2012-2013 academic year. They developed and implemented a program where recycling is standardized and monitor each room weekly, rating for how well they comply with recycling requirements. The program has increased the level of commitment to recycling across the school community. JUDGES' COMMENT: These students set up an exemplary recycling program in their school, located in a campus building; however the building staff is not keeping recyclables separated from trash. See contest entry (719kB).

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Bronx Notable Student Effort - Intermediate Division 
MS 181 Pablo Casals leaving NYCWasteLess
800 Baychester Ave
Bronx, NY 10475

Green Team Recycling Initiative: MS 181 was a Golden Apple Award recipient in 2003, but in the years following, our recycling program fell into disarray. This year,under new leadership and the help of a group of dedicated and motivated student volunteers, we began our "Going Green" initiative to educate our students and staff about recycling and trash, to make it as easy and efficient as possible, and to make it a school-wide collaboration and dedication. The cafeterias were reorganized for efficiency; a poster contest creates excitement and prevent complacency; student teams meet regularly to fulfill specific tasks by grade. Students collect recyclables from rooms, for custodians to set out. JUDGES' COMMENT: strong student effort; no recycling in main office, no evidence that materials are set out separately. See contest entry (719kB). 

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HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
Manhattan

Manhattan Honorable Mention - High School Division ($1,250)
Office of Adult & Continuing Education - Region 4 leaving NYCWasteLess
Alt Ed Complex
500 8 Ave, Rm 1017 
New York, NY 10018

Let's Save Our Planet Together: ESL (English as a Second Language) students embarked on a journey involving learning the language necessary to communicate and discuss environmental issues. They learned more by visiting Materials for the Arts and through reading and studying about environmental themes and topics. The class then took action by working on improving the recycling practices at their site and in their own homes. Finally, they wanted to produce something that could be shared in their communities, so they created their first English-language video: “Let’s Save Our Planet Together”. See contest entry (1.28 MB).

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Manhattan Notable Student Effort - High School Division
Stuyvesant High School leaving NYCWasteLess
28-01 41st Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

Stuyvesant Super Recyclers: The Environmental Club, with the support of the principal, replaced the lone garbage bins on three of eight floors with recycling stations, and have been actively collecting and recording the amount of waste and recyclables. In addition the club has raised almost $500 by sending in non-recyclable materials, such as candy wrappers and potato chip bags, to Terracycle for upcycling. JUDGES' COMMENT: this program is off to a good start on a few floors; but the recycling bins are contaminated since they're not paired with garbage bins. See contest entry (928kB).

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Reduce Reuse Challenge

Most innovative waste prevention practices.

Elementary Division
Intermediate Division
High School Division



ELEMENTARY DIVISION
Brooklyn
Manhattan
Staten Island 

Citywide & Brooklyn Borough Winner - Elementary Division ($10,000) 
click to open pdf of contest entry
E C Blum PS 46 leaving NYCWasteLess
100 Clermont Av 
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Don't Throw That Out! - Re-envisioning Trash: This project was comprised of two main initiatives: reducing waste by reusing and re-purposing items destined for the landfill, and reducing consumption of packaging materials and environmental pollutants by replacing wasteful toxic classroom cleaning products with do-it-yourself sustainanable alternatives. Both initiatives are designed to develop Environmental stewardship, creative problem solving , teamwork, and the critical thinking necessary to envision solutions to contemporary issues on both a local and global scale. See contest entry (1.11 MB).

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Brooklyn Borough Runner-Up (Tie) - Elementary Division ($2,500)
Success Academy Cobble Hill leaving NYCWasteLess
284 Baltic Street 
Brooklyn, NY 11201 

Starry Night Bottle Cap Mosaic Project: Since our founding in September 2012, our school community, comprised of 172 kindergarten and first graders, has collected bottle caps. As a school, we began a discourse about how one of an artist's jobs is to have an imaginative eye and think outside the paintbrush, finding new ways to create art from everyday objects and cultivate the ability to see beauty and potential where others see junk. Over the course of four months, our young artists collected, cleaned, and sorted tens of thousands of caps, while exploring how our waste system works and thinking about why sustainability is so important. We combined this with a study of post-impressionist artist, Vincent Van Gogh. Our community of young artists explored these themes of sustainability and collaboration and more as they moved towards their ultimate goal of creating a large-scale bottle cap mosaic for the entryway of our school. See contest entry (1.26 MB).

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Brooklyn Borough Runner-Up (Tie) - Elementary Division ($2,500)
The Brooklyn New School leaving NYCWasteLess
610 Henry St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

BNS Reduces and Reuses!  At PS 146, we constantly challenge ourselves to improve and expand our sustainability efforts. Students learn to mindfully take responsibility for our natural resources, and to use and reuse wisely. We do whatever we can to reduce our impact on the Earth,learning and helping each other as we go, in grade-appropriate ways that are incorporated into the curriculum. Projects include: reducing lunchroom waste (pulp trays instead of Styrofoam, paper and cardboard, plastic bags, compostable food, trash bags, reusing juice pouches and other beverage containers for art projects); "Resparkle Club", Recycling Olympics; annual EcoRama. This school is an NYCCP Compost Demo Site. See contest entry (1.96 MB).

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Manhattan Borough Winner - Elementary Division ($5,000)
PS 199 Jessie Isador Straus leaving NYCWasteLess
270 W 70th St
New York, NY 10023

Bringing It Home: Healthy Child Healthy Planet committee worked with teachers to organize a variety of initiatives to reduce the waste load, focusing on building awareness at school and at home. Multiple student projects included a Breakfast for the Planet cafeteria waste sort, used book drive to help a library impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Soles 4 Souls shoe drive during a fundraising dance performance, bottle cap collection for reuse, and a challenge to reduce the use of disposable plastic bags at lunch. See contest entry (1.06 MB).

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Manhattan Borough Runner-Up - Elementary Division ($2,500)
PS 89 Liberty School leaving NYCWasteLess
201 Warren Street
New York, NY 10282

Zero Waste: PS89 has extended cafeteria recycling and composting, and is now expanding recycling school-wide, successfully creating a school community atmosphere that strives to achieve as close to Zero Waste as possible. Initiatives include: expanded the cafeteria waste-sorting system; established bi-monthly Zero Waste Fridays; formed the 5th Grade Student Green Team; expanded student involvement in recycling efforts with the Cafeteria Rangers Program, and to classrooms and public areas through an Earth Day initiative; formed the Lower Manhattan Green Schools Collective, sharing knowledge and resources with other neighborhood schools; secured a new tray composting source. See contest entry (317kB).

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Staten Island Borough Honorable Mention - Elementary Division ($2,250)
Staten Island Golden Shovel Award ($1,000)  
 

PS 57 Hubert H Humphrey leaving NYCWasteLess
140 Palma Dr
Staten Island, NY 10304

Green Team Reuse and Reduce Project: PS 57 continues to create new and innovative recycling projects year after year. Students, faculty, and the community donate used items to ship to the war-torn country of Liberia in memory of former student Boimah Cooper who came to America with a dream to help his village. PS 57 supplies each classroom with a scrap paper collection box and vermicompost bin. We are using double-sided paper for copies, using the internet for internal memos, and even created a school Facebook page to reduce paper waste. We are now in the process of setting up a kiddie recycling cafeteria waste station for students to practice sorting recyclables in order to prepare for the full food waste compost collection project in September. See contest entry (595kB).

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INTERMEDIATE DIVISION
Brooklyn

 

Citywide & Brooklyn Borough Winner - Intermediate Division ($10,000) 

John Ericsson MS 126 Magnet School for Environmental Engineering leaving NYCWasteLess
424 Leonard Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Reduce, Reuse, Re-Create! With large amounts of packing materials entering our school, we utilized our environmental engineering programs to teach our students ways to reduce and reuse materials. The Green Team fused learning with art, science, and technology to improve the school's recycling programs, and reduce the purchase of new materials, preventing waste. They visited MFTA to learn about decomposition; built science projects, including an LED sign; visited the Botanic Garden to learn about plants and built a soda-bottle terrarium; analyzed their own carbon footprints; inspired by the work of El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum, put on a reused materials fashion show; culminating in a showcase of their Reduce & Reuse projects at the Go Green Greenpoint festival in May. See contest entry (1.08 MB).

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HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
Queens
Bronx
Manhattan 

Citywide & Queens Borough Winner - High School Division ($10,000)

Maspeth High School leaving NYCWasteLess
91-30 Metropolitan Ave
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Maspeth Green Club Commits to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty: Maspeth Green Clubbers committed to making their new permanent high school a leader in sustainability, seeking to improve their school community, surrounding communities in Queens, and Manhattan as well, with a long list of projects including sustainability promotion, recycling program coordination, electricity reduction, neighborhood and campus beautification, "Surviving Progress" documentary screening, participating in the Ban The Bag conference, developing an anti-litter public service announcement, school and cafeteria composting, gardening and greenhouse building, and a Maspeth recycling event. See contest entry (2.82 MB).

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Bronx Borough Winner - High School Division ($5,000)

Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation X372 leaving NYCWasteLess
2024 Mohegan Ave
Bronx, NY 10460

From Trash to Art: After a field trip to MFTA (Materials for the Arts) students were inspired by artist Beth Garrett's sculptures made out of plastic shopping bags. They decided they could create sculptures using bags collected from the student body, teachers, and staff. Sticking to the theme of our school, wildlife conservation, they saved plastic bags and other repurposed items from landfills to create large heads of animals. Beth came to help our students with our creations. See contest entry (475kB).

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Manhattan Borough Honorable Mention - High School Division ($1,250)

Stuyvesant High School leaving NYCWasteLess
28-01 41st Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

Cafeteria Flip Tap and Stack: In fall 2012, Environmental Club students started working at nearby PS89 during their lunch period to help the elementary school kids with their "Flip, Tap, and Stack" program to neatly bag lunch trays. The students were amazed by how much less lunchtime garbage that school threw out than their high school did, even though the elementary school is so much smaller. They wanted to implement the same program in their own cafeteria. The goal was to cut down the number of garbage bags going out to the dump every day, and increase the number of bags of milk cartons getting recycled. See contest entry (1.72 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
Bronx
Manhattan

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Citywide & Brooklyn Borough Winner - Elementary Division ($10,000)
PS 107 John W Kimball Learning Center leaving NYCWasteLess
1301 8 Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

The Sunshine Garden: Established in 2007, this edible garden enhances over 300 K-5th graders' scientific, nutritional, and environmental knowledge, skills, and practices. The garden addresses several needs: the absence of green space on school grounds; educating children about the origin of the food they eat, as well as the particular value of fresh produce in their diets; bringing students into the outdoors for hands-on learning; and moving toward a school lunch program with healthier, less-processed foods. PS 107 teachers across grades engage students in gardening activities and related classwork. Students start seeds in the classroom; sow, plant, and harvest an array of produce; help maintain the garden; and work on garden-related projects in the classroom including studying plant life and making salads from garden produce. See contest entry (1.12 MB).

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Brooklyn Borough Runner-Up - Elementary Division ($2,500)
Brooklyn Arbor K414 leaving NYCWasteLess
325 South 3 St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Arbor Day Celebration and Day of Service Learning: Global Kids helped plan a day of service learning, conducting a large neighborhood cleanup; SolarOne led composting workshops with all classes, and donated worm bins that were adopted by two classes. Whole Foods donated 100 bananas and apples; students composted the cores and peels. The Human Impacts Society helped students clean, aerate, and plant in local tree beds around the school. See contest entry (1.26 MB).

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Brooklyn Borough Honorable Mention - Elementary Division ($1,250)
PS 132 The Conselyea School leaving NYCWasteLess
320 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Betty Smith Reading Garden: For the past 5 years, PS 132 has been partnering with our local public library branch (immortalized in Betty Smith's "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn") to revitalize their backyard into a summer reading garden for the community. Using money raised from our annual Penny Harvest, PreK through 2nd grade students work on expanding and maintaining the garden every spring. This project is a culmination of a year-long program that combines Character Education with Service Learning. Lesson plans and art projects included history of the neighborhood, collographs, a mural, and culminated in a presentation ceremony attended by Betty Smith's daughter. The school collaborated with other local organizations and businesses. See contest entry (850kB).

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Brooklyn Golden Shovel Award ($1,000) 

PS 32 Samuel Sprole Mills leaving NYCWasteLess
317 Hoyt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Build Communication, Relationships, Curricular Development: The school's Garden Committee concentrated on ways to increase communication and build relationships with the teachers so that the garden could support their curricular development. By meeting with the teachers, researching curriculum, indentifying and paying for specific Professional Developments, and engaging the students and their families in garden-related activities such as a Garden Day and a separate Build Day, participation and enthusiasm for the garden project was boosted throughout the entire school community, and new connections were formed. See contest entry (279kB).

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Bronx Borough Winner - Elementary Division ($5,000)
& NYRP Rose Award 
The Family School X443 leaving NYCWasteLess
1116 Sheridan Ave
Bronx, NY 10456

The Family Garden: The goal and motive for creating an educational garden was for students to become advocates in their community by promoting what they have learned in school to their family, friends and community.  Creating a garden will not only inspire healthier changes in the entire school, but the entire community. The garden will teach children and youth about empowerment, community responsibility, and how to connect positively with neighbors. See contest entry (1.53 MB).

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Manhattan Borough Winner - Elementary Division ($5,000)
PS 166 Richard Rodgers School of the Arts & Technology leaving NYCWasteLess
132 W 89th St
New York, NY 10024

Flower Power - How We Beautified Our Community: Ongoing since 2005, parents and students in PS 166's Gardening Committee care for the street trees in front of the school; they plant bulbs, clean the pits, and water the trees. In 2007 they built and installed tree guards, and placed plants in their Reading Garden. In 2010, with grant funding from the NYC Council, the Committee purchased soil, furniture, and equipment, and began transforming the school's Reading Garden into an edible garden/ outdoor classroom/ green playspace for the entire school community. The Kindergarten yard, renovated in 2009, was also enhanced with flowering bushes, fruit trees, and beds of herbs. In March 2013, as part of efforts to connect more grades and families to the garden, a Kindergarten gardening program and a "Garden Club" were launched. A campaign to rid the block of dog waste is also underway. See contest entry (1.44 MB).

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HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
Bronx

Citywide & Bronx Borough Winner - High School Division ($10,000)
& Bronx Golden Shovel Award ($1,000)
Cardinal Spellman High School leaving NYCWasteLess
1 Cardinal Spellman Pl
Bronx, NY 10466

United We Compost! Students successfully composted using three different methods. Organic waste from the school cafeteria was recycled using fermentation ("bokashi" method). Students conducted an outdoor clean-up of the community garden, and placed organic waste in traditional compost bins. Students also tried vermicomposting with homemade worm bins. Compost will be used to enrich the soil in the school gardens. Three gardens were set up and maintained in the reflective and community areas, with vertical garden structures for growing herbs and native plants indigenous to New York City. The community garden is for vegetables with a living wall on the fence. See contest entry (2.06 MB).

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