FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The RecycleCT Foundation recently awarded $21,000 in grants to 12 state schools and Forest and Park Association initiatives focused on recycling, waste reduction, reuse, and composting.
Local schools receiving the grants included:
- Parkway Elementary School in Greenwich, $1,408 for composting and worm composting;
- Greenwich Academy, K-12, $1,000 for composting;
- Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, $1,500 for recycling, and
- Trailblazers Academy Middle School in Stamford, $1,500 for recycling.
The Greenwich Academy grant was written and submitted by senior Charlotte Winkler.
“The 12 schools receiving grant funds stood out for their efforts to develop programs that integrated education with waste reduction and reuse or recovery of materials through composting and recycling,” said Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee. "We are pleased that this first round of grants from our new foundation can make the connection between positive approaches to reducing the volume of waste and learning in the classroom.”
The Connecticut Forest & Park Association also received a $5,000 grant for an initiative to strengthen environmental education centered on waste reduction.
“We are also very pleased,” Klee said, “to provide funding to one of our long-time partners, CFPA, for a new environmental education program that will improve our ability to reach people with important lessons on the value of recycling and resource conservation.”
RecycleCT was created to raise public awareness and participation in recycling. The foundation will lead the way in implementing a key goal of the legislation: increasing the recycling diversion rate from the current level of about 25 percent to 60 percent by 2024.
Other school receiving awards included:
- Commodore Macdonough Elementary, Middletown – $600; waste reduction, reuse;
- Academy of Engineering & Green Technology High School, Hartford - $1500; recycling;
- St. Gabriel School, K-8, Windsor – $1450; recycling, composting;
- Common Ground High School, New Haven – $1500; composting;
- CT River Academy, High School, East Hartford – $1450; recycling, composting;
- Elm City Montessori School, preK-1, New Haven – $1500; Recycling, Composting ·
- Manchester Public Schools, K-12, Manchester – $1500; composting; and
- Hamden High School, Hamden - $1480.00; composting.
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