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Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty Announces Winners of the 2010 "Golden Apple Awards"

June 8,2010 | Vito A. Turso/Matthew LiPani

Press Release # 10-14, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty today announced the winners of the Department of Sanitation's 2010 Golden Apple Awards, which recognizes schools for completing educational projects on recycling, waste prevention, composting, and neighborhood beautification.

The annual competition (open to K-12 schools in New York City) consists of three main contests: TrashMasters! Super Recyclers, showcasing model NYC school recycling programs; TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge, honoring waste prevention practices; and TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up, which for more than three decades has encouraged NYC students to clean up and beautify their schools and neighborhoods. The Golden Shovel Awards recognizes outstanding indoor or outdoor composting efforts. In addition, the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), founded and chaired by entertainer Bette Midler, recognizes and spotlights the most inspirational reclamation project with its Rose Award.

In each Golden Apple Awards contest, schools competed within their grade division (elementary, intermediate, or high school) for borough and citywide honors by conceiving and completing cross-curriculum projects that meet educational standards.

Schools entering the contests, coordinated by the DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling, must demonstrate their students' efforts with essays, photos, drawings, and other classroom work. For each contest, schools submitted binders that described their completed projects. A judging committee of environmental educators and government officials reviewed and scored all of the submitted binders. To receive an award, schools had to exceed minimum score requirements (some categories did not produce a winner).

Winning schools will be awarded certificates of recognition, and participating students will receive gifts, including Golden Apple Awards t-shirts and recycling beanie bins. Citywide winners are honored with an engraved Golden Apple trophy. Master School Composters receive an engraved golden shovel and compost pile trophy. 

Sanitation Commissioner Doherty said: "Participating in the Golden Apple Awards teaches our city's youngest citizens important lessons in sustainability. School communities are working together to recycle more, waste less, and clean up and beautify their schools and neighborhoods. The Department of Sanitation applauds the efforts of every student, teacher, principal, custodian, and parent who participated in the 2010 Golden Apple Awards."

The list of the 2010 Golden Apple Awards winning schools and their projects follows. To find out more about Sanitation's Golden Apple Awards, visit:

2010 Golden Apple Awards (by Contest, then by Borough)
TrashMasters! Super Recyclers

Citywide and Manhattan Borough Winner (Elementary Division)
The Anderson School PS 334
100 West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024
Anderson Recycles!

Manhattan Honorable Mention (High School Division)
The Beacon School M479
227 West 61st Street
New York, NY 10023
The New System

Queens Borough Winner (Elementary Division)
PS 56 Harry Eichler School
86-10 114 STREET
Clean and Green is our Routine

Queens Borough Winner (Intermediate Division)
PS/IS 178 Q Holliswood School
189-10 Radnor Rd
Holliswood, NY 11423
Go Green: Year Two

Queens Honorable Mention (High School Division)
Jamaica High School Q470
Jamaica High School Recycles!
This project ALSO won:
NYC Compost Project: Queens Golden Shovel Award

2010 Golden Apple Awards
TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge

Brooklyn Borough Winner (Elementary Division)
PS 10 Magnet School
511 7 AVENUE
Go Green With PS 10

Brooklyn Borough Runner-Up (Elementary Division)
Walter Kassenbrock School PS 185
8601 Ridge Blvd
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Reduce & Reuse: Make the Earth Greener!

Brooklyn Borough Winner (High School Division)
Brooklyn Technical High School K430
29 Fort Greene Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11217
The Green Effect

Manhattan Borough Winner (Elementary Division)
PS 199 Jessie Isador Straus
New York, NY 10023
Earth is the Place for Me

Manhattan Borough Runner-Up (Elementary Division)
The Earth School PS 364
600 East 6 St
New York, NY 10009
Waste Reduction at the Earth School
This project ALSO won:
NYC Compost Project: Manhattan Golden Shovel Award

Citywide and Manhattan Borough Winner (Intermediate Division)
Grace Church School
86 Fourth Ave
New York, NY 10003
eWaste Clean Up Green Gremlins

Manhattan Borough Runner-up (Intermediate Division)
Manhattan East MS 224
410 E 100 ST 5 FL
New York, NY 10029
Cell Phones, Ink Cartridges & Styrofoam, OH MY!!!

Citywide and Queens Borough Winner (Elementary Division)
Talfourd Lawn School PS 50
143-26 101 Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11435
Kindergarten Recycles / Recycling Reusing and Composting

Queens Borough Runner-Up (Elementary Division)
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
111-10 115 Street
S. Ozone Park, NY 11420
Second Time Around - Recyclable Items Crafts


2010 Golden Apple Awards
TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up

Citywide and Manhattan Borough Winner (Elementary Division)
Augustus Saint-Gaudens PS 40
319 E 19 St
New York, NY 10003
A Clean Earth Is a Clean Life
This project ALSO won:
New York Restoration Project: Rose Award

Queens Borough Winner (Elementary Division)
PS 224 @ PS 26 Rufus King
195-02 69 Ave
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Earth's Birthday Projects: Butterfly Garden Collaboration

Citywide and Brooklyn Borough Winner (High School Division)
Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders
2630 Benson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11214
Growing Leaders Garden