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Sanitation Commissioner Announces Winners of the 2014 "Golden Apple Awards"

Monday, June 16, 2014 | Vito A. Turso/Belinda A. Mager

Press Release # 14-51, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York City Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia today announced the winners of the Department of Sanitation’s 2014 Golden Apple Awards, which recognize NYC schools for completing educational projects on recycling, waste prevention, composting, and neighborhood beautification.

The annual competition includes three main contests: TrashMasters! Super Recyclers, honoring model school recycling programs; TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge, recognizing innovative waste prevention practices; and TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up, which for more than four decades has encouraged NYC students to clean up and beautify their schools and neighborhoods.

“It is inspiring to see our youngest citizens and their teachers taking the initiative to implement sustainable practices in their schools,” said Sanitation Commissioner Garcia. “These children are the future of our City, and they have shown us how to reduce our waste, recycle better, and improve our environment.”

In each of the Golden Apple Awards contests, schools competed within their elementary, intermediate, or high school grade divisions for borough and citywide honors by conceiving and completing hands-on applied learning projects. Schools from all five boroughs competed for this year’s Golden Apple Awards.

Winning schools receive substantial cash prizes. This year, Citywide Winners are awarded $10,000; Borough Winners $5,000; Borough Runners-Up $2,500; and Honorable Mention $1,250. Golden Shovel Award winners, selected by the NYC Compost Project as Master School Composter in their borough, receive $1,000 and compost-related prizes.

Winning projects included incorporating recycling into science and literacy lesson plans, involving every student in creating mosaic murals made from bottle caps, transforming an unused concrete lot into an educational garden, and even developing on-site composting. The Golden Apple Awards generally reward schools for innovative projects that reach the most students possible.


Winners List

The complete list of 2014 Golden Apple Awards winners appears below. Descriptions of the schools’ winning entries and complete information about the contests are posted on the Golden Apple Awards web page:www.nyc.gov/goldenapple

TrashMasters! Super Recyclers

 

Division

Borough

Award

Prize

School

Elementary

Brooklyn

Citywide & Borough Winner

$10,000

PS 29 John M Harrigan

Elementary

Brooklyn

Borough Runner-Up

$2,500

PS 32 Samuel Mills Sprole

Elementary

Brooklyn

Honorable Mention

$1,250

PS 316 Elijah G Stroud

Elementary

Manhattan

Borough Winner

$5,000

PS 6 Lillie D Blake

High School

Bronx

Notable Student Effort

(n/a)

Cardinal Spellman High School

High School

Manhattan

Notable Student Effort

(n/a)

Stuyvesant High School

 

 

 

TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge

 

Division

Borough

Award

Prize

School

Elementary

Brooklyn

Citywide & Borough Winner

$10,000

PS 185 Walter Kassenbrock

Elementary

Brooklyn

Borough Runner-Up

$2,500

Brooklyn Arbor

Elementary

Queens

Borough Winner;
Queens Golden Shovel

$6,000

PS 209Q Clearview Gardens

Intermediate

Brooklyn

Citywide & Borough Winner;

Brooklyn Golden Shovel

$11,000

Brooklyn Urban Garden School (BUGS)

 

 

 

TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up

 

Division

Borough

Award

Prize

School

Elementary

Brooklyn

Citywide & Borough Winner

$10,000

PS 32 Samuel Mills Sprole

Elementary

Bronx

Borough Winner;

NYRP Rose Award Winner

$5,000

PS 54 Fordham Bedford Academy

High School

Bronx

Citywide & Borough Winner;

Bronx Golden Shovel

$11,000

DeWitt Clinton High School

High School

Queens

Borough Winner

$5,000

Maspeth High School

High School

Staten Island

Notable Student Effort

(n/a)

St Joseph Hill Academy


Top Projects

Applied learning projects completed by the top winners include:

  • TrashMasters! Super Recyclers, Citywide and Brooklyn Borough Winner, Elementary Division, PS 29 John M Harrigan established a Green Team with representatives from each class, and incorporated recycling into their lesson plans for science and literacy.
  • Students at PS 185 Walter Kassenbrock helped collect 15,000 bottle caps and created a mosaic mural for the school lobby to become the Citywide and Brooklyn Borough Winner, Elementary Division, in TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge.
  • Brooklyn Urban Garden School (BUGS) was chosen Citywide and Brooklyn Borough Winner Intermediate Division in TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge and also received the NYC Compost Project’s Golden Shovel Award for Master School Composter in Brooklyn, for their wide variety of sustainability-oriented service learning projects.
  • PS 32 Samuel Sprole Mills in Brooklyn earned Citywide and Brooklyn Borough Winner, Elementary Division in TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up and also won Brooklyn Borough Runner-Up in TrashMasters! Super Recyclers, for turning an empty concrete lot into a raised bed garden that is used for learning, and for their exemplary recycling program.
  • DeWitt Clinton High School was selected Citywide and Bronx Borough Winner, High School Division in TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up, and also the NYC Compost Project Golden Shovel Award for Master School Composter in the Bronx, for their impressive accomplishments in creating a learning garden from their vacant lot, and building a 3-bin compost system that converts their cafeteria food waste to compost on site.
  • PS 54 Fordham Bedford Academy received the Bronx Borough Winner, Elementary Division in in TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up, and also the Rose Award from the New York Restoration Project for building a raised-bed garden and learning to compost their cafeteria food waste on-site.

About the New York City Department of Sanitation

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) promotes a healthy environment through the efficient management of solid waste and the development of environmentally sound long-range planning for handling refuse, including recyclables. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of 2,022 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 365 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,000 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.