FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release #17-36
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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Winners Announced in Zero Waste Schools Award Program
DSNY Presents Awards to City Schools for Environmentally-Focused Projects
The New York City Department of Sanitation announced the winning schools in the inaugural Zero Waste Schools Awards program. The awards recognize city schools for completing educational projects on recycling, waste reduction and reuse, gardening, and neighborhood beautification.
The categories and winners include:
Launched in November 2016, the Department of Sanitation, along with the NYC Department of Education, and GrowNYC Recycling Champions Program, developed an online platform focused on recycling and sustainability in schools at www.nyc.gov/zws.The Zero Waste Schools website and awards build upon the Department’s former Golden Apple Awards, continuing the contests, but capturing the attention of 21st century students through the use of our own social media platform.
“Young people are the creative future of our City, and they are leading us on the path to Zero Waste through proper recycling, waste reduction and environmental stewardship,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “By using the Zero Waste Schools Website, teachers and students have created an online community of sustainability-minded schools inspiring and teaching each other through their projects and accomplishments.”
In each of the Zero Waste Schools contests, schools competed within their elementary, intermediate, or high school grade divisions for citywide honors by conceiving and completing hands-on applied learning projects. Citywide winners are awarded $1,000 and runners-up garner $500.
To see the winning entries and more information about the Zero Waste Schools Awards, visit www.nyc.gov/zws
About the New York City Department of SanitationThe Department of Sanitation (DSNY) keeps New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing of waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of more than 2,000 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 689 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,500 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.