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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 15-57
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Vito A. Turso/Belinda A. Mager

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia Announces Winners of the 2015 "Golden Apple Awards"

Cash Prizes of up to $10,000 Awarded to Individual City Schools for Innovative Projects 


Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia today announced the winners of the Department of Sanitation’s 2015 Golden Apple Awards, which recognizes city schools for completing educational projects on recycling, waste prevention, composting, and neighborhood beautification.


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


This year, winning projects included one that incorporated recycling into science and literacy lesson plans, involving every student in creating mosaic murals made from bottle caps, transforming an unused front lawn into a wheelchair accessible garden, and developing on-site composting. The Golden Apple Awards generally reward schools for innovative projects that reach the most students possible.


Sanitation Commissioner Garcia praised the teachers and students who completed these projects: “These children are the future of our City, and they are showing us all how to reduce our waste, recycle properly, and improve our environment. Teachers who bring sustainability into the classroom are helping us all meet our One New York goals.”


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. To receive an award, entries must exceed minimum score requirements (some categories did not produce a winner).


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


To see the schools’ winning entries and complete information about the Golden Apple Awards, visit www.nyc.gov/goldenapple.


 

2015 Golden Apple Award Winners:

Super Recyclers

 

Division

Borough

Award

Prize

School

Elementary

Manhattan

Citywide Elementary

$10,000

PS 130 Hernando De Soto

Elementary

Staten Island

Borough Winner; Staten Island Golden Shovel Award

$6,000

PS 9 Naples Street Elementary

Elementary

Queens

Borough Winner

$5,000

PS 221Q The North Hills School

Elementary

Queens

Borough Runner-Up

$2,500

PS 144 Col Jeromus Remsen

Elementary

Queens

Honorable Mention

$1,000

PS 29 Q

Intermediate

Queens

Honorable Mention

$1,000

IS 5 Walter Crowley

High School

Manhattan

Citywide High School

$10,000

Stuyvesant High School

High School

Queens

Honorable Mention

$1,000

John F Kennedy Jr High School

High School

Bronx

Honorable Mention

$1,000

Bronx Theatre High School

 

 

 

Reduce & Reuse

 

Division

Borough

Award

Prize

School

Elementary

Brooklyn

Citywide Elementary; Brooklyn Golden Shovel

$11,000

Brooklyn New School PS 146

Intermediate

Manhattan

Citywide Intermediate; Manhattan Golden Shovel

$11,000

WHEELS - Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School

Intermediate

Queens

Borough Winner

$5,000

IS 125 Thom J McCann Woodside

High School

Queens

Citywide High School

$10,000

Maspeth High School

High School

Queens

Honorable Mention

$1,000

John F Kennedy Jr High School

High School

Brooklyn

Honorable Mention

$1,000

Brownsville Academy High School

 

 

 

Team Up to Clean Up

 

Division

Borough

Award

Prize

School

Elementary

Brooklyn

Citywide Elementary

$10,000

Kings Highway Academy

Elementary

Queens

Borough Winner; Queens Golden Shovel Award

$6,000

Alexander Graham Bell School PS 205

Intermediate

Brooklyn

Citywide Intermediate

$10,000

Evergreen MS for Urban Exploration

Intermediate

Brooklyn

Borough Runner-Up

$2,500

New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts

Intermediate

Brooklyn

Honorable Mention

$1,000

Brooklyn Urban Garden School (BUGS)

High School

Brooklyn

Citywide High School;
NYRP Rose Award

$10,000

Roy Campanella OTC P721K

High School

Bronx

Borough Winner

$5,000

Academy for Career and Living Skills

Top Projects


Applied learning projects completed by the top winners include:

Super Recyclers Citywide Winner, Elementary Division, PS 130 Hernando De Soto also won GrowNYC Recycling Champions “Big Lift” contest. With the efforts of the school’s Green Team, students implemented a new effective recycling program, and displayed results of their weekly classroom checkups on a bulletin board. They increased involvement with workshops, newsletters, and morning announcements.

 

Students at Stuyvesant High School, Super Recyclers Citywide Winners, High School Division have worked steadily over the last four years to institute their school-wide recycling program. The school’s Environmental Club and Green Team labeled recycling bins and hung posters, and motivate the entire Stuyvesant community.

 

Brooklyn New School PS 146 was chosen Reduce & Reuse Citywide Winner, Elementary Division, and NYC Compost Project’s Golden Shovel Award for Master School Composter in Brooklyn. BNS created a reuse center in the school to collect donated materials and use them for innovative learning projects.

 

Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS), Reduce & Reuse Citywide Winner, Intermediate Division, also earned the NYCCP Manhattan Golden Shovel Award for reducing the amount of waste the school and community send to landfills by more than 2,700 pounds per year through numerous projects, including composting food scraps, gardening, and creating musical instruments from reusable materials.

 

Maspeth High School was awarded Citywide Winner, High School Division in Reduce & Reuse for their impressive completion of 13 RRR projects this year. Maspeth’s Green Club guided the school through a comprehensive evaluation of the school, City, and country’s waste retrieval systems and policies. As a result their projects included gardening, collection drives, and environmental advocacy.

 

Kings Highway Academy in Brooklyn, was chosen Team Up to Clean Up Citywide Winner, Elementary Division. Students created a garden where they can promote inquiry-based learning through hands-on experiences. The garden serves as an educational space for daily living and academic practices.

 

Evergreen Middle School for Urban Experience in Brooklyn won Team Up to Clean Up Citywide Winner in the Intermediate Division for constructing a garden from an unused lot that now serves as an interactive outdoor learning space. The garden promotes student commitment and awareness on sustainability issues.

Roy Campanella Occupational Training Center P721K, Citywide Winner, High School Division in Team Up to Clean Up, also received the “Rose Award” from the New York Restoration Project for renovating an unused outdoor space into a wheel chair accessible garden, allowing the students in their school to engage with the natural environment.