The “RecycleCT Foundation” announced it is awarding $21,000 in grants to 12 schools in Connecticut including Greenwich Academy and Parkway School. The initiatives focus on recycling, waste reduction, reuse, and composting.
The recently launched RecycleCT Foundation announced its first grant awards totaling over $21,000 to 12 Connecticut schools that have projects focused on recycling, waste reduction, reuse, or composting, and to the CT Forest & Park Association (CFPA) for an initiative to strengthen environmental education centered on waste reduction.
“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 DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee.
RecycleCT was created through Public Act 14-94, to raise public awareness and participation in recycling. A key goal of the legislation is to increase the recycling diversion rate from the current level of 25-30% to 60% by 2024.
Commissioner Klee serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of RecycleCT.
The RecycleCT Foundation is promoting the importance of recycling and encouraging people, government entities, schools, businesses, and organizations to adopt recycling as part of their everyday lives or operations.
As one of its first efforts, the foundation launched a program of small grants for schools.
Nine of the recipient schools are part of the state’s GreenLeaf program. The Greenleaf program is a partnership of state agencies and organizations, and environmental and educational groups who provide resources and guidance for schools to comply with federal and state laws and adopt voluntary programs that make their schools ‘greener’.
The GreenLeaf program is a free statewide initiative open to any public or private schools in Connecticut.
Schools receiving grant awards from the RecyclCT Foundation are:
* Parkway School, Greenwich – $1,408; Composting, Worm Composting
* Greenwich Academy, K-12, Greenwich – $1,000; Composting. This grant application and project were organized by Charlotte Winkler, a senior at the school
* 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
* Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk – $1500; Recycling
* Trailblazers Academy, Middle School, Stamford – $1500; Recycling
* Hamden High School, Hamden – $1480.00; Composting
The CFPA grant for $5,000 is focused on efforts to “train the trainers,” to ensure that there is a core group of educators prepared to provide outreach and education to various audiences on sustainable materials management.
More information concerning RecycleCT and its grant programs can be found at www.RecycleCT.org
Additional information about DEEP’s efforts to transform Connecticut’s approach to sustainable materials management can be found at www.ct.deep/recycle
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